Ethiopian Child: U.S. Adoption Agency Bought Me

February 16th, 2010

Ethiopian Adoption: More on the CWA ScandalOn February 15, 2010, CBS News reported "that growth has turned Ethiopia into fertile ground for child trafficking - a country in which some American agencies and their staff engage in highly questionable conduct." Three children, sisters who are aged 7, 4, and 6 (or so it was stated), were shown on video to prospective adoptive parents. Their story appeared to be a tale of heartbreak and heartache; their mother dead, their father dying of AIDS. "A life of prostitution is all but assured - if not adopted - saved - by a loving American family." Well, not exactly. It was just such a pitch that spoke to Katie and Calvin Bradshaw, reports CBS News chief… [more]

Cause for Concern Regarding Ethiopian Adoptions?

January 4th, 2010

Cause for Concern Regarding Ethiopian Adoptions?Please note: This blog entry is not intended to breed panic, but otherwise offer perspective as to some of what's being said about the current/future status of Ethiopian adoptions. Please be aware of your rights as a perspective adoptive parent and follow through with your best judgment on selecting an agency/country of choice when facilitating an international adoption and examining it as such from all angles. The thoughts discussed here are completely my own, personal sentiments and in no way representative of those of or Now that I've got that out of the way, let's talk about Ethiopian adoptions. As many (most?) of the regular readers know, my husband and I set forth to adopt a… [more]

Samoan Adoption Scandal

December 13th, 2009

Samoan Adoption ScandalYou might have heard (or perhaps you even saw it air on CBS yesterday) about the Samoan adoption scandal--a scandal believed to be one of the largest--if not the largest--of its kind in U.S. history: CBS News will present, "The Lost Children," a "48 Hours" special, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT - the culmination of a two-year investigation by "48 Hours" into one of the largest foreign adoption scams in U.S. history. Anchored by "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher, who herself was adopted, "The Lost Children" profiles three families - Patti Sawyer, Mike and Kari Nyberg, and Elizabeth and Gary Muenzler - who adopted children from the South Pacific island of Samoa through the Utah-based Focus On Children adoption… [more]

Questions To Ask A Perspective Agency

September 16th, 2009

thumb_questionAt the end of August Courtney posted on a three-day fast that she was taking part of to help promote awareness and make changes with Guatemalan adoptions. I felt compelled to also participate in the event to show my belief in the need for ethical international adoptions. Over the three days I learned several things. I learned that I am so lucky that my adoption in Ethiopia was ethical (I say lucky, because I did research and due diligence, but not as much as I would have with what I know now). I learned that the "anti-adoption" movement is a movement for a reason and they are not necessarily "anti-child" or "anti-family". Maybe they are seeing a bigger picture, while we as adoptive… [more]

Here We Go Again – Madonna’s Adoption

April 1st, 2009

When When I learned of Madonna's bid for another adoption, I couldn't help but sigh. I don't like feeling that way when hearing about an adoption, but I don't think celebrity adoption is always the best advertisement. There are a lot of ideas and statements being thrown about that are not educating or empowering for anyone. Right now many GOOD people and organizations that care about children are fighting with eachother and when this happens the kids are the ones that lose. Spokesman, Dominic Nutt, for Save the Children UK has said "many international adoptions are unnecessary -- and some even feed into a criminal "adoption industry." and that," he was not suggesting that Madonna was doing anything wrong -- but… [more]

Headlines I Hate to See

February 26th, 2009

I was prowling the Internet today looking for a topic for my International blog. Unfortunately, I had a headline flash in front of my eyes that made me cringe. It read: Adoption Scam Leads to Widespread Heartache Yahoo had a video clip of the CBS news story. I watched and cried. The short story is that an adoption agency (who has since been put out of the adoption business) told people on the Island of Samoa that they would send their children to the United States to live with loving families and get a good education, and that the children would come back to visit them. The adoptive families in the United States were told that the children had been abandoned or orphaned… [more]

Ethical International Adoptions

January 30th, 2009

With the exception of special needs cases, Liberia has suspended intercountry adoptions. President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said earlier this year: "Essentially, we have discovered that many of the children in these orphanages are not in fact orphans but children taken from their living parents on the promise of support and a good life in America". News like this can send chills down the spine of an adoptive parent. Especially if you have or are the process of adopting internationally. During the adoption process it can be easy to lose focus on everything but bringing home our child or children. You may find it hard to believe in the need for transparency and ethics when there are so many children in… [more]

UN confession due this week

November 21st, 2007
Categories: The UN

Anyone thinking that the United Nations is an upright, honest and honorable organization that can be trusted across the board probably should have been paying a bit more attention when the oil-for-food scandal broke a couple of years back. If the corruption involved in that mess didn't get people taking a second look toward that big building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, perhaps this confession of years of fabrication and dispensing of false information on the global AIDS situation might raise an eyebrow or three. Seems that after more than a decade of slapping back accusations that the UN has been making up numbers as they go along, their AIDS 'experts' will be stepping up this week and admitting that they have "long overestimated both… [more]

Anti-trafficking Day: UNICEF and not about International Adoption

October 21st, 2007
Categories: The UN

Thursday of last week, the 18th of October, saw the first European Union Anti-Trafficking Day. There seems to have been very little prep for this 'event' ... the press release coming out only three days before ... and it looks like much of the to do was centered around a Kevin Kline movie called "Trade" and "an experts meeting will be held in Brussels". Whatever ... One thing that at least appears to have coincided with the day was the presentation in Bern of a study titled "Switzerland and Child Trafficking" from the Swiss section of UNICEF that deserves a good, long look. Any time I see UNICEF and trafficking in the same neighborhood I'm guessing international adoption can't be too far off… [more]


October 3rd, 2007
Categories: The UN

Continued from the previous post where we were looking at some faulty thinking ... Can we point out how downright silly many of UNICEF's arguments against international adoption are? The hierarchal system insisted upon, for example, that can so quickly be checked and discounted: bio parents, then other nationals, then foreigners living in country, then as a last, last resort, parents in gasp! a whole other country. Biological parents die, and those that don't still have a right to chose a different life for their children. Being poor is not the same as being stupid, and to insist that these parents don't know what they're doing when they decide to relinquish a child for adoption is insulting to all of them. And anyone who thinks that children… [more]