Dating Your Agency

August 9th, 2011

ExcellentPNGChoosing an agency is just like any other big decision. Your agency will be there, ideally, to guide you through the complicated and emotional process of bringing home a new member of your family. Take some time to get to know your agency before you commit. First, make sure the agency is licensed to conduct adoptions in the country you chose. For example, there are 22 agencies in the US that are licensed in Ethiopia to place children. Yet other agencies partner with the licensed ones to conduct adoptions. Acting as third parties, some of these agencies have higher fees, so it might be wise to work directly with the agencies licensed in-country. Ask if your agency is Hague-accredited. Even if you're adopting from… [more]

When a Country’s Program is Suspended

March 18th, 2011

closed borderAs a mother of internationally adopted children, it always saddens me to read that another foreign country has suspended their international adoption programs, or are scaling back.  Such is the case in Ethiopia.  I recently read that the Ethiopian government has implemented changes that would result in a 90% decline in the number of adoptions they would process.  The reductions are a result of fraud suspicions and an attempt to lighten the workload of the departments that process adoptions. This does not represent a complete shut down of Ethiopian adoptions, but it will cause further delays in the adoption process.  Ethiopia has because the U.S.’s second most popular country for international adoption.  When I adopted Elle and Bunny, 12 and five years… [more]

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]