Ethical International Adoptions Are A Must

August 30th, 2009

Courtney's post really struck a cord with me. I had insomnia (again) last night and thought I would check out recent posts on I totally believe that our adoption from Ethiopia was on the up and up. I trust our agency, their reputation and my gut instincts. We also met with their Ethiopian father and met several family members. The baby pictures we have clearly show that we met the "real" family. Our girls were also six and eight at the time of the adoption. Child trafficking with older kids tends to be for slave labor or the sex industry, unfortunately. Young toddlers and infants seem to be the target for adoption fraud. I'm sure… [more]

Learning About the Hague Convention

February 4th, 2009

When starting the adoption process you learn a whole new language. When doing my initial research I kept reading about the Hague. Our agency was getting ready for their Hague review and it seemed to cause a lot of stress, as change usually does! Here is a brief description of this "Hague thing" everyone is talking about. Hague Convention: The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption is an international agreement to protect the integrity of inter country adoptions. The US signed the agreement in 2004 and it was enacted in 2008. We were mid-process when our agency was "audited" by the Hague and the only process change for us is that… [more]