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]

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]

Cambodian news: Dengue and HIV/AIDS

July 13th, 2007

An early, warm wet season is being blamed for one of the worst outbreaks of Dengue Fever to hit Cambodia and the rest of SE Asia in recent history. A British adoptive father, along with other volunteers, set up a UK Registered Charity, The Cambodia Children's Charity, that supports orphanages and a school, that is now soliciting donations to help deal directly with the impact of the Dengue outbreak. From the dad, Mark Purser: The Cambodian government cannot cope with an emergency on this scale -annual government spending on healthcare is about $3 per person (source:World Bank). The WHO and other international organisations simply cannot react quickly enough in rural locations to save the most vulnerable victims of… [more]

Corruption: Glass Houses

May 13th, 2007
Categories: Corruption

There are no few people in and around the international adoption world who feel that corruption in birth countries is so pervasive that adoptions originating in those countries can be nothing but tainted. Many would prefer that adoptions from such places stop until transparent systems can be put in place that would assure total transparency. There is no doubt that bribery, graft, obstruction of justice and more happen on a daily basis in the course of doing government business in birth countries around the world. Terrible. Tut, tut and for shame. Let's look down our noses upon the scum ... and all that. And ... According to Transparency International a global coalition against corruption, the USA came in at number… [more]

Corruption allegations: Who cares?

May 13th, 2007
Categories: Corruption

Corruption in the international adoption realm put the brakes on Cambodian adoptions more than six years ago. One person was sent to prison over this, an American woman named Lauren Galindo, and I think I'd be fair in saying this most likely didn't upset corrupt Cambodian officials one little bit. Banning adoptions hasn't bothered them much either, or at least not enough to pass the anti-corruption legislation other countries are clamoring for. You might think that having much of the world point fingers and condemn a country for corruption would be a concern for leaders in the accused nation, but aside from a bit of fluster bluster, most of the fingers are pretty well ignored. And for good reason. Why should a… [more]

Corruption: It’s pervasive

May 13th, 2007
Categories: Corruption

How much money and how many lives are lost each year to corruption in governments can only be guessed, but it has to be assumed to massive ... and pervasive. Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, it's here, it's there, it's everywhere, and doing some level of damage to everything it touches. Corruption put a halt to adoption in Cambodia in 2001 and is widely implicated as an integral aspect of almost all international adoptions. There are those who postulate that more than half of all adoptions by Americans of children from other countries are tainted in some way by corruption. There's been quite the debate on this on the GAT yahoo group (Global Adoption Triad) lately, and that's far from the… [more]