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Justice
"This place doesn't even deserve not one star iam writing this so any parents ecspecially the parent in California that had the illegal adoption or any other parent that wants to stand up and fight is now !!!we are the people is justice and I am willing to fight now this horrible greedy as agaency ANN MARIE AND the whole agency you benefit take advantage of women who see no way out and you are taking blood money if UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL ANY PARENT contact me at lelanie3185@gmail.com or 702-272-3134 no WE have rights and the father from cali contact me thank you and ANN MARIE YOU STEAL FROM PEOPLE GOD WILL MOVE AND GOD IS A JUST GOD "
 
5.0
7oyaTidhoa#
"HEAVEN SENT is the best way to describe our experience with Heart of Adoptions. Earlier this year we started working with a different local adoption agency. We had several phone calls that lead to our profile book being shown but none lead to a successful match. Then, late September we received a call from our prior agency advising there is a case with Heart of Adoptions and wanted to know if we were interested in having our profile book shown. My husband and I were elated based on the info presented and I told my husband immediately that this is our baby girl. Everything felt different this time and I had this instant sense of peace. I knew we needed to start preparing for our baby girl even before we had been selected by the birthmom. So, within a week we received confirmation that birthmom had selected us to parent her precious little girl. We were so excited that we began to tell family and close friends who immediately shared in our joy. SYLVIA FANIEL from HOA was truly HEAVEN SENT. She was so easy to talk to and was always a phone call or an email away. She always responsed to me within a few hours or sometimes sooner. Even when I sent emails late at night she was so quick to respond that I began to wonder if she ever goes to sleep. The abundance of paperwork can be overwhelming and difficult to understand but she was always..."
 
5.0
rdtaylorjr
"Emotions ran high through the adoption process, and when a match fell through we were upset, but Betty went out of her way to make things right. It is clear that her number one priority is honoring God and doing the right thing. We respect and appreciate that a lot."
 
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Tisha
" I went through this agency in 2004. I am a birth mom. I had emergency circumstances that lead me to my decision for adoption of my baby boy. We were BOTH in a VERY dangerous place and all I could do for him was to find him a safe, secure, and loving family. I was late in my pregnancy when I came to the Demastus law office in Tulsa. We went through some possible adoptive parents and finally found what I felt was a perfect match. The couple I chose for my baby's new family were already adoptive parents of twin girls and I just thought that that was a sign because I had twins as well which one passed away at 2 years old. I got to meet the new parents the day my c-section was scheduled. They were at the hospital as I arrived. They looked so sweet and so anxious as was I. I didn't get to see the again til after my surgery and was in a room and had finally come to. They had gifted me with a beautiful necklace and a wonderful book of devotions which I have kept all these years. We met one last time at my favorite restaurant Chilli's for lunch before they left with Howard, that was the name they gave him. I was from the get go under the impression that I would receive pictures of their new baby boy which once was mine. A few days possibly..."
 
5.0
Lissa9480
"We used Larry Jenkins for both of our adoptions and would NEVER use anyone else. For our first adoption we had a horrible lawyer to start out with that made a complete mess of the case. We switched over to Larry Jenkins and everything went so smoothly from then on. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and one of the nicest guys."
 
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namewithheld04
"The owner, Anna Belle, lies more often than she tells the truth. She steals from her clients. And IF she answers the telephone, she speaks to you as if you were a 2 year old child. We will NEVER use this agency again. We were lied to about the procedure and charged way more money than agreed in our contract. The problem is, if you argue, you risk losing the child you were hoping to adopt. She took our money to pay her staff instead of the birth mother. Because of this, the birthmother almost decided to not go through the adoption with us. When you call to complain she does not answer the phone. The only way to get her to answer is to block your number. However, when she does find out who is on the other end, she gets very angry and tries to make you feel guilty. If it was not for my husband and I doing much of our own homework, things we pay her to do or things that she claims to be familiar with, we would have lost the adoption. In the end, we have a beautiful baby, but only because we did so much work and were able to pay the additional costs. To sum this up, Anna Belle should retire and close her doors as her name is no longer of any value in the adoption world. "
 
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georgeo.pulikkathara
"I also gave Gladney a one, but they deserve a zero. We chose Gladney for what we thought was an adoption agency with good people, processes, and technologies to do the right thing for the birth mother and the couples looking to adopt through Gladney. Their fees were high, due to our combined income levels, which we chose to accept as our impression was that it went to help the birth mothers. It seems they spending more on marketing and slick brochures than needed. They also highlight the Bush family as their sponsors and adoptve parents, and that persuaded us to go with Gladney. We were a military family and a Christian family, and we have conservative family values. In summary, we were notified after more than six months, that we were not selected as adoptive parents by Gladney as they felt our parenting style was too authoritarian and rigid, which we took to belief that my military background and our religious beliefs/ values as Catholics were not a good fit for Gladney. We’re disappointed, but more upset we wasted over six months of gathering paperwork, and resubmitting paperwork to get to the stage to be told this. Plus they had us take of time from work to drive down to Fort Worth, TX to tell us we were not selected. I asked them, why waste our time, and their reason was a bit flawed. I think they have plenty of adoptive parents applying, and they can choose..."
 
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Stella Lee
"Read these articles and decide for yourself. http://irreverentpsychologist.blogspot.com/2013/09/children-for-sale-get-em-while-theyre.htmlhttp://www.reformtalk.net/2012/02/24/wasatch-suspended-by-cccwa-from-special-needs-china-program/ When WASATCH was asked by another agency who had a committed family who had submitted a LOI and was ready to go to transfer a file for a waiting, special needs child that was close to aging out, they refused even when they did not have a committed family. So I ask, is WASATCH looking out for the best interest of a child or for money? "
 
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JoAnna
"Very poor at communication and slow to reply. Many months went by with no communication at all. We had to chase our own paperwork and work hard on our case behind the scenes to complete our adoption. When we pointed out issues or asked questions we were shamed with Bible verses. At one point, we realized we had over paid and it took Nightlight 6 months to find the mistake and send us a refund. We are an experienced adoptive family and this was our third International adoption. We would never recommend Nightlight to anyone. "
 
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shawnjennym
"We had a terrible experience with Nightlight Christian Adoption, and we met many families along the journey who were equally as disgusted with this agency. If I had the option, I would have preferred not giving them even one star. Emails went ignored and unanswered for months. Any concerns brought to the attention of the agency were never addressed or followed up on. Children were dying at the orphanage (including the child we were to adopt) and we were emailed notification of her death. They later did apologize for this method of notification but the insensitivity continued. When more children died at the creche and we were understandably concerned about our newly matched children, we received an email in which our faith was questioned. One family was emailed a response saying "I am tired of answering the same question again and again." Imagine waiting years for your child and receiving no regular updates and then you hear this? We contacted the CEO expressing concerns about the lack of communication with families and to share our concern about the repeated deaths at the creche and expressed our concerns about our children following our previous matches death. It was a scary and very emotional time for us and he responded in bold red letters by inserting bullet points into the text of my email. He never followed up with us after that. Many families wanted to contact the board..."
 
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adoption4thisdad
"EAC is horrible. There is next to no communication from the point they get your first program fees on. Our country closed and they assured us that our adoption would not be affected. We proceeded in good faith and they gave us a placement (but not until after we insisted they either move on this or let us go). They never knew who we were when we called. They asked us to update our home study for a sibling group and we did. They then said they didn't know we were willing to take a single child even though this is what we applied for in the beginning. We were with them for three years before placement. The placement came after the country decided to close. They mislead us and we accepted the placement then they asked us to complete a series of impossible tasks to keep going. As we waited we heard many stories of corruption of the lawyer they force you to use in country. These stories mainly came through a friend who was adopting and got a referral before the country closed. They told stories of even greater lack of communication and unethical acts of the lawyer. We ended up leaving the agency but by the time that happened, they had half of our money that we had raised. Today we are sure if we have it in us to continue after such a horrible experience with this agency. Run away while you can. Most of the..."
 
5.0
tinawilliams91
"I am a birthmom and had a wonderful experience with this agency. They were there to support me and give me resources through my whole pregnancy, and after. I've connected with other birthmoms who worked with this agency and have found a good support system with everyone involved. I definitely recommend this agency for anybody considering adoption."
 
5.0
lovemytaiwangirls
"I began the adoption process in 2007 with AGCI. The staff and case workers were always very helpful and informative. Unfortunately during my adoption journey, I experienced a country closure. AGCI showed compassion, provided advice, and allowed me time to make decisions on another adoption path. Ultimately, I brought 2 precious sisters home thru AGCI's Taiwan program. My adoption experience in 2009 was wonderful and then again in 2010 was even better with the addition of my daughter's sibling. AGCI was upfront and honest in answering my questions. Updated information and pictures/information about my child were frequent and welcoming! With international adoption, many things are out of our control. AGCI staff understands the frustrations this causes waiting families and they support you thru the ups/downs of adoption. We were so lucky to also be able to meet several staff members at a local picnic--one of the highlights of the process--getting to hug the person who helped you build your family! I will forever have a special place in my heart for the many people at AGCI who guided me through the adoption journey. "
 
5.0
c.n.carbo
"We recently completed an international adoption with AGCI's Colombian program, we couldn't be happier with our experience. The staff was knowledgeable, caring, and helpful! We frequently spoke with our adoption coordinator and felt supported every step of the way. AGCI conducted itself ethically and responsibly, and we could clearly see that their priorities were both the children and guiding their families through the adoption process. We couldn't be more grateful to AGCI and highly recommend this agency!"
 
3.0
Sharpie101
"When I signed up, I googled a lady who had used them. She said she and her husband were able to adopt a baby in 6 months to a year. For me, a lot of my process was held up by the federal government. When I finally got everything completed, I paid the money and never heard anything. I don't think it will happen at this point and UNLIKE other waiting families, Adoption Avenues does not have a group you can talk to about the wait or get support. You basically sit at home with your fingers crossed and then one day you say to yourself: "It's not going to happen!" That is a sad moment and, fortunately, for me, it happened only with the payment of $10K, which is a lot of money, but it is what it is. Adoption is a BUSINESS. Unless you can pay HIGH FEES with a high volume agency, you are going to end up waiting forever. This is a small agency and seems to be low volume so, unless you are prepared to wait with no word, you may need to try another agency. Also, you may wait forever and never end up with a child. It has been so long for me that people don't even ask anymore am I still adopting. "
 
5.0
bartatantioch
"Before writing this review, I read all of the 1-Star Reviews. Having looked over them, I'm not sure when they were written, or that they were even about the same All God's Children International. My wife and I found out about AGCI through an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. We registered, and chose an international nation. The people we interacted with were nothing but helpful. They were informative, they kept us up to date on our paperwork. Whenever a hiccup would occur, they were encouraging. Let me be clear, adoption is not an easy process, either while you're going through it, and there are moments afterward that are challenging as well. But our experience with AGCI was one we would repeat again. I'm not sure if another adoption is in our future, but if it is, we'll go with AGCI again. "
 
5.0
adopt1
"We are currently working with CAS and have had a great experience. From the beginning, the agency has been very responsive to our phone calls and emails. They have answered all of our questions in a timely manner or called us back when they had the answers for us. We had looked into a couple of other agencies but did not get quick replies to phone calls or emails and wanted to work with people who were quick to reply! I have been at the office on multiple occasions and every time a phone rings, it is answered. Even when talking to Doris, she would stop to answer her phone in case it was a social worker or expectant mother who needed to talk to her. She spends the time to get to know families who are hoping to adopt so that she can help "the girls" pick families who match their desires of people who they are choosing to parent their child. I would recommend talking with this agency and getting to know them, not just trusting what you read in a few reviews online. We decided to work with CAS because we knew of many families in our area who had previously or were currently working with them. We have loved the personal care we have received!"
 
5.0
Jenplaskey2016
"We believe that Betty greatly facilitated the adoption process for us. She works with many agencies all across the country and was constantly emailing various situations to her families. It was very comforting to know that she has this vast network with adoption agencies across the country - we really felt that it was not going to be long before we were matched. Sure enough, just months after signing up her Little bit of Heaven, we were matched with a wonderful birth mom in Florida! In addition to how connected she is, her communication with her families was exceptional. She answered any questions we had right away and would return calls in a very timely manner. We would highly highly recommend her. Thank God for Betty and all she does for adoptive families! "
 
2.0
prospectiveadopt
"Unfortunately, Agency has been a disappointment. They seem to devote a lot of resources to marketing and can be found everywhere and not sure that they spend enough connecting with hospitals and others where they can be more connected to helping current clients find their forever family. The head folks have their heart in the right place clearly, but the results have been less than stellar. There are too many parents waiting YEARS (not clear why) and who ultimately give up. Too little in-state opportunities and more with their out-of-state partners (who cost far more). Again, not clear why. Perhaps they will improve, but disappointment."
 
5.0
MoroccoMom
"As a single mom with 2 biological children I adopted my delightful infant son from Morocco, and we have been home for a few months now. This union, which continues to strengthen everyday, would not have formed without Robin, the in country partners and the whole Hopscotch Adoption team. There are a few agencies that facilitate adoptions from Morocco, one that even offers being Islamically faith-based. So, families who chose to adopt from Morocco have options. After deciding to move forward, signing up with the right agency will be your next big decision. I highly recommend you partner with Hopscotch Adoptions because their experience, in country support, reputation, and sense of urgency, is what matters. Choosing any other agency will put you at risk as I witnessed with another family. Signing with Hopscotch assured my success both pre and post adoption, I didn't realize it at the time how lucky I was when Googled pulled up Hopscotch. Another American family adopted alongside me, but did not sign with Hopscotch. I witnessed their struggles firsthand in Morocco. There was a huge contrast to our in country experience. This contrast is specifically due to the in country support I received from Hopscotch partners, Adil and Sana I. I was given 24/7 support. Nothing could have given me more peace of mind being alone a foreign country. The Hopscotch partner's English translation is excellent and they are well respected among the judges and..."
 
5.0
PrettyGirl
"I found them by accident when I needed help and nobody was there for me. Journeys of the heart saved my life when I was in a very dark place. They have kept every promise they made and my open adoption is the happiest part of my life now. They are good honest people."
 
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jbret
"Zero stars. Why cant we give zero stars?!!? We are SO MAD AT THIS AGENCY! We just learned from an adoption group in Facebook that Anna Belle Illien lost her COA accreditation for her agency. We went to look it up at the COA website. I will paste it in below. It says she has been insolvent since before 2013. I read in a comment below that an employee said they were not paid on time. Now we all know why. For 3 years or more she has been taking on families when she was insolvent and on the verge of bankruptcy. This is an irresponsibility to families for which God will have NO forgiveness. There is a special place in HELL for people like Anna Belle Illien. She is a blight on the entire industry. Now we have to START OVER with a new agency. We lose our time. We lose our money. We have lost our hopes. AND TO MAKE IT WORSE>> Anna Belle has not had the decency to let us know or apologize yet. Her website still says it is COA accredited. It is NOT!!!!! WE ARE FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! "Nature of the Substantiated Violations: 96.33(e) COA took an adverse action for corrective action against the ASP because it was not financially stable and did not possess the required 2 month cash reserve for its 2013 fiscal year. During the ASP’s corrective action period, it failed to provide the majority of the required corrective action. The..."
 
5.0
Goodtimes
"I am writing this review with my 8 year old angel standing over me asking me to cut her bagel. She was 7 weeks old when Julie called us from AGCI to say "It's a girl!" For eight years I have had every waking day of gratitude for AGCI. their sole mission is to find forever families for children who otherwise have no one. Please keep the mission in mind and know the road is hard sometimes. AGCI is without a doubt the best agency out there!"
 
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paulcporter
"They took around $10,000 from us NINE YEARS AGO and never got us a placement. At the time they took our money, they knew or should have known China was turning off the tap. As the years wore on they never worked with us to find a viable solution other than pushing us towards older children with severe health problems, but otherwise just ignored us and gave our situation no individualized attention until I finally nagged. Then, all they would do was come up with legal arguments to cover their backsides. Since then, they are constantly trying to get us to withdraw our file. They have asked three times already. I would warn the public to think very carefully before choosing Dillon as I do not think they dealt with us fairly."
 
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Longfield
"My Wife and I are an inter-cultural couple. We wanted to adopt a child from her home county to complete our family. The agency's home study social worker and the agency's project coordinators were completely culturally insensitive and incompetent. Their inabilities to address issues raised in a culturally appropriate manner was bot shocking and unacceptable. Thousands of dollars were waisted and a life-long dream of adopting were sidetracked and ultimately halted. Faith International Adoption should NOT be working with families who don't fit their western narrative."
 
5.0
besidestillwater
"We found AWAA online when we were looking for someone to help us with our China adoption. After comparing several agencies, we chose AWAA because of their Christ-centered focus and the consistent good feedback I received when I contacted their references. Our family coordinator was great and helped with with every question, no matter how tiny it was ( and I had a lot). I was even new to email at the time and she was so graceful and helping me with that too. We did not live in a state where there was an AWAA office to do our home study, so that was a little bumpy with that other agency, but we got through it as my family coordinator helped with those issues too. The hardest part was the waiting of course, but once we finally got our referral, we were able to travel pretty quickly. The travel and guide service in China was amazing and helped us every step of the way--everything went so smoothly with food, hotels, appointments, airlines, etc. Our daughter was pretty easy too, but there was one family in our group who adopted a child who had a very hard time adjusting, and the guides were great in helping them to know what to do and relax and it worked out fine. Overall--great experience--very impressive; I would definitely use AWAA again."
 
5.0
Ericamanz
"We adopted 2 boys through AGCI, and found them to be helpful, caring, responsive, and ethical. We have participated in several AGCI mission trips, and have seen their compassion and love for children first-hand. AGCI has a great vision of the needs of orphans, and works very diligently to pursue what is best for the children, whether that is through adoption, child sponsorships, family reunification, or income-generating grants. At their core, AGCI is Christ-centered and committed to helping the world's most vulnerable children and families."
 
5.0
Heidi
"We have adopted our 3 boys through AGCI and just Love them all! It is extremely high integrity!!!! We had no problems at all! Each step they were very organized and good communication. They truly love the families they work with and their highest goal is doing what's best for each child. We just started process to adopt again through them. They are amazing christian agency. They go above and beyond doing their very best! Hollen Fraizer is amazing women of God. We love working with each person there. :). No concerns...we just can rest through process knowing they are on top of everything and working hard to get our child or children home. I would give a 10 star if I could!!!!! Thank you AGCI for not waivering in your faith in Jesus! We have been forever changed by adopting our precious kids! "
 
5.0
gingerspice78
"We love Across the World adoptions, especially Melinda Silver who is over the Colombia Program. After dealing with dishonest, frustrating agencies, we were referred to Melinda by a friend and she is truly a godsend! We cannot say enough good about this program, she is honest, professional, timely in returning calls, goes above and beyond in helping through each and every step of the way! I love this agency and would not suggest any other agency. "
 
1.0
Yankeeinal
"This agency is all about lies to get girls to give their child up. Then they love to not follow what they say is in contract or lose papers. Read the other two reviews and wish I could get in touch with them. I am assuming there are a lot of others out there too. If there are any others that have experienced a bad time I ask you to email me. Maybe we can have a support system and talk to each other to help each other heal. My email is user name at yahoo dot com. Not sure it will let me put email up but here is a try yankeeinal@yahoo.com"
 
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Mom22
"We did not have a good experience with SMIA. Owner/ operator intentionally withheld very relevant information about our children, probably so we wouldn't back out. We can't recommend SMIA. "
 
4.0
colombianadopt
"We are using ATWA on our second adoption with Colombia. So far they have been great to work with. The Director of the Colombia program is helpful and has extensive experience in dealing with Colombian culture and adoption related matters. They translated our dossier in less than a week and our in country attorney is very responsive. We have not yet received a referall so I hope all continues as well when in country. I would definitely recommend this agency and have done so already. "
 
5.0
Melissa S
"It's vital to hire an agency we know to be ethical and caring for the children's interests. AGCI earned our full trust when we partnered with them for our first adoption in Ethiopia. They made wise decisions for our son in country that saved his life. We've met Hollen in person and have spoken on the phone extensively with Jodi and Carin. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this staff and their heart for orphans. They will hold your hand as much as you want them to, are excellent with details, and help navigate the unexpected that is a part of international adoption. They take the time to get to know your family and truly care whether it's the right match. Through our many interactions we have seen God work through this agency. We respect AGCI greatly and are working with them for our second adoption in China. They are up front about the costs and if asked, will share fundraising ideas and information about grants. We've had very positive experiences with this agency. "
 
5.0
Joyjsloan
"All God's Children is an incredible agency to work with. Our family has had the GREATEST experience with everyone we have worked with. They are extremely knowledgeable about the world of adoption. They are constantly staying connected with you through twice a month phone calls to help you through the paperwork process. They have always been available to help with any questions we have had. Most of all, they have a heart for orphans. They don't just do adoption but they bless, provide for, care for, pray for and advocate for orphans all over the world. I cannot tell you how many times we have worked with someone only to hear they are praying for us! Adoption is a difficult journey but AGCI makes the journey so much smoother and more encouraging through their knowledge of the process and continuous encouragement. We love AGCI! "
 
5.0
Joyjsloan
"All God's Children is an incredible agency to work with. Our family has had the GREATEST experience with everyone we have worked with. They are extremely knowledgeable about the world of adoption. They are constantly staying connected with you through twice a month phone calls to help you through the paperwork process. They have always been available to help with any questions we have had. Most of all, they have a heart for orphans. They don't just do adoption but they bless, provide for, care for, pray for and advocate for orphans all over the world. I cannot tell you how many times we have worked with someone only to hear they are praying for us! Adoption is a difficult journey but AGCI makes the journey so much smoother and more encouraging through their knowledge of the process and continuous encouragement. We love AGCI! "
 
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emnyhan@aol.com
"We adopted from Sierra Leone in 2004. No due diligence got us saddled with an 8 y/o girl whose father essentially 'sold' her, using Dove as a conduit. We were given a falsified death certificate for the child's mother, and the 'orphanage director' was the child's uncle. What we got out of it: a confused child who was taken away from her birth mother, brother and grandmother. She has been depressed and anxious since day one. We have spent thousands of dollars on therapy. She performed poorly in school, threw away chances of college scholarships, got into drugs and is now living in a trailer in the desert with no electricity and a pot dealer boyfriend. and 7 dogs She is pregnant, unemployed, and can't understand why we aren't "more supportive" of the whole deal. Her boyfriend is a bipolar maniac who is verbally abusive to her, as well as my husband and myself, which is why we won't allow him near our property. They only contact us if they want money. When we let LaDonna at Dove know that this child wasn't an 'orphan' and that she had a real mother who was very much alive, she was very dismissive. "Oh, over there they think of everybody as their uncle or auntie, or whatever." Like, so what?!! I said, "well it doesn't matter either way, this kid misses her real mother, or whoever that person is, and she's very depressed." This child never had a chance..."
 
1.0
Wernaj
"There is nothing that runs smoothly in this agency. The staff turnover is high which is very concerning. Adoption Associates is all about being a business and making money, period. Few staff ever had the answers we needed, assured us they would find out and get right back to us, and rarely did. The follow up is terrible, the policies and processes are so unclear. The wait time is longer than other local agencies and what they tell you it is. If we had it to do over, we would definitely not choose Adoption Associates."
 
1.0
LSW12
"I have been working with BCS for more than a year on an international adoption matter and my experience has been poor. Overall, I feel like there is a disregard to regulations and policies and the organization seems to pick and choose which they will follow of course in their favor. Next there is a lack of transparency and, based on the costs of services, I don't understand why providing an itemized explanation of costs is so difficult especially if they are required to do so by Hague regulations. There seems to be an air of disrespect for the families, no real commitment to the best interest of the child and deep rooted organizational deficiencies. To be quite honest I know this is an organization with deep pockets so I know that my complaining will probably fall on deaf ears. If you use them, be vigilant and assertive and hold them to task. Don't let them employ scared tactics or play on your emotions. "
 
5.0
markcotter
"We've adopted twice from China through AGCI in the last 8 years. The staff at the main office and in China were great. They were very supportive during the paperwork process and would quickly respond to our questions, many times after hours. Their support continued when we had questions or concerns after we were home. My wife also had the opportunity to travel to China with AGCI for a week to work in their partner orphanage. We've stayed in touch with the staff, and many have become good friends. They care deeply about orphans around the world and are dedicated to doing everything they can to see that every orphan has a forever family."
 
5.0
Jforrest
"The reason we chose AGCI for our first adoption from Ethiopia and stuck with them for our second adoption from China, is that they told us right away that their job is to find families for children, not to find children for families. I love the way that AGCI advocates for these kids! We feel like they walked the journey with us so well-- during the process, while in-country, and post-adoption. I am beyond grateful for the team at AGCI."
 
5.0
Redemption4Adoption
"We are in the process of adopting internationally from Burundi through AGCI and we absolutely love everyone there. After reading some of these reviews, I had to post and share our experience so far. We have been so impressed with AGCI from beginning to end. It started with our church wanting to care for orphans by donating to a worthwhile ministry and we reached out to AGCI. We were able to meet with the president in Texas while on a business trip and immediately connected. Several months later we started our own adoption process and it has been so smooth. We have had all our questions answered and followed up with along the way. We are in a pilot program and still we are being updated regularly as things change. I can't believe some of these stories and reviews because we have seen nothing like that. We love the Christ centered focus of AGCI and their Gospel Centered Intentionality. They are not only striving to help families adopt, but to care for orphans who will never be adopted. That is why we started with them in the first place! I can't recommend them enough! "
 
5.0
AAC
"We have adopted twice using All God's Children International (AGCI): from Russia March 2005, and from Haiti March 2016. What we appreciated most was the professional and caring staff, and excellent communication. AGCI staff was always attentive to our questions, concerns, needs, and were quick to return calls and emails. We were promptly updated about the adoption process and status of our case. Futhermore, we appreciated the close relationship AGCI had with staff on the ground in the sending countries. We always felt AGCI knew well the staff caring for our child, and those who would be facilitating our bonding and pick up trips. We have recommened All God's Children to two other friends considering adopting, and both families used AGCI to welcome children into their homes."
 
5.0
AAC
"We have used AGCI twice, adopting from Russia in 2005, and from Haiti March 2016. Caring, integrity, compassion, communication, professionalism are words I would use to describe the AGCI program staff. They will walk with you, step by step, and are truly your child's advocate, and your adoption journey advocate. Specifics we appreciated: 1. Time frames-we felt AGCI was forthright to share confirmed information about where we where in process, and the status of our file/case-to the extent that they knew from the sending country. We feel they were very realistic about time frames. When they could not confirm, they would say that. If they had factual reason to believe our process or case would hit a specific time frame, they shared that. 2. Communication-When we were frustrated with process in our son's sending country-they listened. When we needed ideas for fundraising and grants- they offered suggestions. When we needed to contact our orphanage director ASAP, they could reach her and get the information needed. At time of travel, they secured the lodging, and advised us on travel and tips. When we needed to get a hold of them at any stage of the process-they were always available. I have recommended AGCI to friends considering international adoption, and two families have chosen AGCI as their adoption agency. If you are looking for an agency that truly puts professionalism, communication, and compassion for the vulnerable first,..."
 
5.0
kylieprasuhn
"After we knew God was calling us to adopt, we began to research adoption agencies. We greatly appreciated AGCI's compassion for children. Most important to us was their foundation in Christ. We have been home for 3 months with our daughter from China. All of the staff at AGCI was caring, encouraging, and amazing at communicating and guiding us through the entire journey. Plus, the relationship with AGCI does not end when your child comes home...they offer support until the child turns 18 years of age. AGCI is committed to finding children families and making sure the children continue to thrive. We love that...AGCI becomes part of every adoptive family who is so blessed to work with them."
 
5.0
swash1
"Our experience working with Bethany Christian Services out of Seattle, WA was wonderful. There is no doubt that the hard work and dedication they provided made it possible for us to adopt our son. Specifically Briana S., our social worker, went above and beyond and provided just the kind of support, encouragement, and direction that we needed. We utilized Adoption.com, which is how our birth mom found us, but used Bethany to handle all of the (crazy) details, and ultimately the finalization. I would highly recommend THIS office (both Seattle and Bellingham locations) for future adoptions."
 
5.0
heididk
"We had an amazing experience adopting three children through New Horizons. Our social worker was amazing and helped us with every step of the journey. We had a very positive experience all three times and took placement quickly. They have a new director that is doing well for them. We are so thankful for them and all they have done for our family. "
 
5.0
Radfam
"I am a veteran Mom of 6 kids, 4 of whom are adopted. Most of my children are adults now. I will always remember vividly the roller coaster highs and lows of trying to adopt a child. But people, know this: if you can't handle a little unpredictability, setback, and disappointment, then you haven't been a parent yet!!!! Obtaining a child is always a challenge. I've given birth, adopted 2 babies, one special needs, and a sibling twosome from Africa. There is no easy way to do it. It all involves patience and hope and faith and love. If this sounds too Christian for you, may as well start practicing for parenthood today! Joy help us in an honorable, forthright, honest, kind, respectful manner. I would HAPPILY recommend her to anybody. I have used this agency twice and have also gone international. Every adoption is challenging. But so is pregnancy! And looking back 17 years, it's only the beginning!"
 
1.0
Grieving
"We will forever regret disrupting the adoption of our son, facilitated by WIA's Second Chance Adoption program. Once they found a requesting family we were pressured to move forward, to the point of paying the receiving family's fee. While the new family appeared acceptable, once they had our son and our money they broke off their promise of open communication with us in the most cruel and unsavory manner. We will forever regret using WIA to place our son. A "second chance adoption" to give up a child should be a last resort, so be forewarned. WIA will make the transaction, but to them it would appear to be a business to be done quickly and with no consideration for the relinquishing family. "
 
5.0
Monique in AK
"We are in the process of adopting a sibling group from AGCI's Colombia program and have had an awesome experience so far! The adoption process is a bit overwhelming, but AGCI has guided us through each step and been so responsive to each question we have had. We feel super well informed about our girls, the process, and really appreciate the above and beyond support we have received from AGCI. We feel so blessed to have all the kind and caring people at AGCI helping us!"
 
1.0
pattycake
"Placed a healthy baby boy up for adoption. The agency sent photos and letters for a few months then my mailbox was broken into by a man who had attacked me and I have a permanent stalking order on.the agency then started sending all my letters and photos to the man.he even had the photos on fb and was trying to arange visits with the baby and family.seems dangerous and a really awful mistake.then they contact me via fb asking for my new info...why so they can give him more info about me.no thanks."
 
5.0
dadto2
"We adopted through AWAA's China program and had an amazing experience. No family likes the wait time but I cannot image another agency doing a better job of getting you through it than AWAA and their staff. Everyone we had contact with through our process was helpful and made us feel like we were always heard and cared for. Through our adoption, there were some changes in the process but the staff was there to help us make the needed adjustments without any problems. I love their integrity and the fact that they care about the children--even those who can never be adopted. If you are looking for an agency, I highly recommend America World Adoption!"
 
5.0
Seggleton3
"Great agency! I have worked with them for years and when I placed for adoption they made it so simple and easy. They never tried to get me to do something I didn't want too! I love all the ladies that work there. It's one big happy family!"
 
1.0
zzabala
"I wish I could write a positive review about Adoptions Together - but unfortunately I cannot. They were great before I paid, but then they slowly progressed to getting worse and worse. The homestudy process was terrible, took forever, and the end product was dreadful. Communication was also terrible (except for before we paid). There is little support, and the professionalism is greatly lacking. The worst part is, once you start, you are stuck with them (unless you want to start all over with a new agency and pay more exuberant fees). I was almost more relieved to be rid of them than I was to have the adoption finalized. The only positive we have to say is they were very gay friendly - which was a plus, and some of the staff seemed very nice (I'd take competent over nice, but at least the weren't terrible at their job AND unfriendly). "
 
2.0
zzabala
"I wish I could write a positive review for Adoptions Together, but unfortunately most of our experience with them has not been good. At first they were very responsive and seemed very professional, but as time went by they stop returning calls and became less and less helpful (though still very effective at taking our money quickly). I suspect they used to be better, and are now floating on an old reputation. Much of their long-serving staff is no longer there, and perhaps our negative experience is a result of a less professional or less knowledgeable staff. In a very important process (adoption) it would be nice to have an agency you can trust - this is no longer an agency that can be trusted. "
 
1.0
KMCM
"On Friday we received an email from the agency suspending our contract because of the review I wrote on bestcompany.com I stand by my review. They claim that, “Your accusations and public statements have been less than truthful “If you ask questions about what YOUR money is going for they have the right to terminate your contract” – that is a patently untrue statement and not at all what our contract says. We itemize our accountings in order to provide that exact information to adoptive parents. Every member of the staff has treated you with respect during your entire process, and what you did was unreasonable. Now keep in mind they have 180 days to get their accounting in order prior to having to send the itemized to you. What you do get at match is this Total $38,550.00 Contract fee already paid (2,500.00) Total $36,050.00 Sept $14,500.00 Oct 3,000.00 Nov 3,000.00 Dec 3,000.00 Jan 12,550.00 Now how are we supposed to know what we are paying for? Here is what a section of the addendum states—word for word that we did NOT sign. We have added Section 2.3 A(3), which makes it incumbent upon you, as adoptive parents to advise us if you have any objections to any line item on the estimate of costs at the time of match with a birth mother. Since Beacon House estimates include any legally permitted costs, expenses and /or fees for each placement, it is imperative that we know if you have..."
 
1.0
Coby
"This agency has stolen from our family. All God's Children has not only stolen our money, but our trust in them and adoption agencies. Not only do the time lines and rules constantly change, not only are they rude and lack compassion, but they do it sitting pretty on a high horse. Please, my family, friends, and myself HIGHLY advise you to find another agency. Not only were we with this agency for four years, we are out $15,000 dollars with empty arms. This agency is awful and not to be trusted. Sure, they start out nice, until you pay them and wait year after year without results. This isn't a small amount of money. This is a punch in the gut when there is nothing to show but your washed up hope."
 
5.0
Jo F
"I could not be more pleased with the services of the Barker Adoption Foundation. I recently adopted two children working with their Project Wait No Longer, which is focused on adopting children from the US foster care system. The entire team provided thoughtful and relevant advice and insights as they guided me through the sometimes bureaucratic and confusing process. They were always available for questions and went the extra mile to make sure I had all the information I needed. I have found their training, seminars, and support groups to be well worth my time. I also very much appreciated the insights and advice of the social worker they provided as I went through the process. Thank you, Barker!"
 
5.0
hhuling
"We adopted internationally through the Barker Foundation less than a year ago. They did a great job of guiding us through the complicated process and making sure everything went as smoothly as possible. They continue to be a great resource for post adoption support. We highly recommend them to any family looking into adoption to grow their family."
 
5.0
Rhonda
"Our adoption from Ukraine was completed in approximately 8 1/2 months due largely to the efficiency and knowledge of Olga and Debbie at Open Door. They knew exactly what needed to be done and how to accomplish each step in a manner that made the process move quickly and without difficulty. Each one replied to emails very quickly and with the information that was needed. Even while we were in Ukraine, Olga was not only available but truly interested and caring regarding our success. I highly recommend Open Door, Olga Klatt and Debbie Tinsley!!"
 
1.0
Jan265
"We have been in the process with CCAI for over two years. We were matched with a little girl who's medical records were completely fraudulent and inaccurate, hiding a severe case of brain damage. I understand that many people have adopted successfully with CCAI (that is why we chose them), and are therefore very protective of this agency. I dearly wish we were one of those successful couples. However we have been burned by this agency, are out thousands of dollars, and our trust in their competence is gone. "
 
5.0
hockeydiva
"This is my story. It begins in 2009. More specifically September. I was 21 and had just found out that I was pregnant with my first child. I was excited and completely overjoyed. In my mind, I was going to be a mom and have two eyes watching me.....depending on me. Fast forward a few weeks....IT'S A BOY!!! My excitement began to grow as I thought about having a little sports player. His father however was less than excited. While my son was not planned, he was never a mistake or an accident. And no one was going to tell me otherwise. One of the hardest things though, was hearing my son's father and some of my family say the word abortion. It was soul crushing. How could anyone ever expect me to do that? Barring the fact that I didn't have a job, I was determined to prove to everyone, myself included, that I could do this. My mother was going to be by my side and I would get help from government programs. But when my mother turned her back on me and the rest of my family did as well, I got my moment of clarity. I wasn't as mentally strong or as capable as I had been pretending to be. I couldn't raise a child by myself. Then it hit me. Adoption. Adoption became my light at the end of the tunnel. But where? How? When? Through an acquaintance of my mother's, I came across a..."
 
5.0
tcalaska
"We are completing our 2nd adoption with Children's House International and wouldn't use anyone else. We love CHI! Everyone is professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and caring. They go above and beyond. They are quick to respond to questions, and thorough in their preparation of the adopting family. They are committed to the family and child from the beginning until even the transition of the child to home. It's not just papers and faces... they truly CARE! "
 
5.0
GracieGooseSC
"Our experience with CHI has been wonderful. We are currently stationed in Germany and our adoption has been possible while living abroad because of CHI's extensive knowledge and experience in this area. Their ability to help families adopt while living abroad is unmatched. They are caring and quick to respond to any question or need. They truly support you in all areas of your adoption- not just the paperwork process, but the emotional process as well. Last November, I got to participate in one of their camps. It was a truly priceless experience. The CHI team is completely dedicated to finding these children families; they truly care about each child and work tirelessly to bring them home. Throughout the past year, the SUPER TEAM at CHI has truly become like a second family to us. I am just honored and humbled to be part of CHI's family. Thank you CHI! "
 
1.0
waitingtoolong
"We adopted from Great Wall's sister agency Children of All Nations but they occupy the same building and employ the same staff. This agency does not care about your family or your children. They only care about money. They do not respond to your calls or emails no matter how urgent the matter may be. On two occasions their lack of timely response (more than a month of repeated phone calls and emails without response) cost us thousands of dollars in renewing expired paperwork. In fact, the only time they do seem to be able to contact you is when you owe them money. Their lack of professionalism, knowledge of our case and, it seemed, the country's adoption process caused many delays and even put our child's safety at risk. There are many great agencies out there. Stay away from this one."
 
5.0
easttex45
"We found Fam2Fam by way of referral from two different families in our town 4+ hours from their offices. We looked for more references and found them to be impeccable as well. The staff was very thorough with our orientation and making sure that we knew and understood what was happening and where were in the process. I assume everyone going into the adoption process is in a world of the unknown and typically very raw emotionally and often on the last dime of their funds to try to create a family. The staff was aware of this and never took lightly what we were going through, never got frustrated or upset at our repeated questioning. The adoption process is a strange and alien process made worse by the bureaucracy of government. Maxine and her staff did a wonderful job preparing us and buffering us from the overwhelming magnitude of the whole process. Yes, the cost was high for our family, but we went into the process looking for quality people that could get the job done and not jerk us around and just be honest. At the time we adopted their typical window was 12 to 18 months, but that was never a guarantee. This fact was reiterated almost every time the timeline was discussed. The staff was also brutally honest about what issues are obstacles for birth mothers and what sort of things make families more palatable to birth mothers. Our match was made with a "drop"..."
 
1.0
julianpresley
"We began the process with Nightlight to place our embryos for adoption. We were assigned Leah as our Coordinator. Immediately, I noticed she was not quick to respond via email and the process of us working through our Stages to get to the Matching Phase was prolonged. I even made mention of this to her, to no avail. The process and paperwork given to donors is not explained, and, honestly, is not well streamlined. We would have questions regarding the forms we needed to fill out or about the process and she would not reply timely. Eventually I spoke with Leah's team lead, Alyssa, and expressed my thoughts with her. She was very kind and pleasant, but, sadly, there was still no change in our dealings with Leah. After working to complete the last Phase of paperwork before matching, my husband and I reached out to Leah once again before proceeding any further regarding a contract question. Long story short, it all turned into a big mess with all of the incompetent people working for this agency. I ended up having to track down myself. Kimberly Tyson, the Director of the Snowflake Program. NOW I see where the issue comes into play with this agency and EA Program -- Leadership! Kimberly was very unkind -- rude, actually. Completely assuming, disrespectful, dishonoring. I would never ever ever allow my precious babies to be placed anywhere near this person or agency. And to cloak as an agency of Christian principles? Wow...."
 
2.0
mamaflower07
"I have learned that Illien will cancel services on families that complain about anything they do. So I have to be careful and not give too much information. I do not want them to know who I am. But I can say we would not use Illien again. Poor communication. Lack of insight. No help when needed. Increasing fees and not grandfathering in families. Changing covered services. Our process has cost much more than it would have at competing agencies since Illien does not include everything others include. Be wary of this. Such as other agencies include translations, Illien does not. Not even on referral information. This cost adds up. It is a cost you won't have with another agency. We even accidentally got an email forwarded to us a year ago that clearly was not supposed to be sent to families because in it Anna Belle was threatening employees. Very unprofessional. We would never use them again."
 
1.0
Mexico
"Contracts are one sided. Staff is unprofessional. They lack knowledge and expertise. "
 
5.0
Giorgia
"I could not disagree more with the "Use an Adoption Attorney instead" review below. We adopted four children through Barker (two international and two domestic) and found everyone at the agency to be extremely professional and compassionate. We felt that Barker's first priority was the welfare of the children being placed, and we were grateful for that. At the same time, even through our last, very complicated domestic adoption, we found everyone at Barker to be extremely helpful and supportive; our social worker was always available and guided us through every difficult step. It is true that Barker is committed to counseling and supporting the birthparents as well, and we would not want it any other way. It gives us and our children great peace of mind to know that their birth parents were supported and comforted during such a traumatic time in their lives. Barker continues to play an important role in our lives. Through Barker's post adoption program, we have had excellent guidance during rough parenting patches, and our kids have been able to begin exploring their roots. Again, the professionals at Barker have always been extremely responsive and helpful. Barker is an ethical and caring organization that truly supports all the parties in the adoption process. "
 
1.0
waiting2
"Not very polite or personal. They were rather rude when we called them when we were searching for an agency. We chose someone else "
 
2.0
Sharpie101
"This is a great agency if you can do all the paperwork by yourself with limited assistance or information. Basically, they tell you what paperwork needs be done, you do it, you send them your money and the dossier and you never hear from them again. In other words, the country may not even be doing adoptions any more and you'll never know about it. Your paperwork may be wrong and you will never know about it. Good luck! You will be told that things are progressing and that the typical time to adopt is 2 years. Families who have actually finalized their adoption state it is 4 years. The problem is that you never know the truth or what is going on. You are not in contact with other families from the agency so you are at the mercy of TOL for information. You may be one of the lucky ones who actually has a smooth, quick, informative adoption process. More than likely this will not be the case. Also, it is a 1 or 2 person agency so don't go to this agency if you truly need help with the adoption process. The one good thing about TOL is that they try to be a good honest adoption agency and for that I added one star to their review. I hope someone finds this review helpful. The adoption agency reviews on the internet..."
 
1.0
waiting2
"When we started looking for an adoption agency, we called Bethany Christian Services because we are Christians and we thought it would be nice to work with a Christian agency.... Bethany was disrespectful and discouraging to say the least. The lady I spoke to, was condescending; asking if I was sure it was Gods will for us to adopt and saying she doesn't think we're the kind of family "their" expectant mothers are looking for! Needless to say, we knew right away they were not the right fit for us! We quickly found another agency who has been WONDERFUL!! Our home study was completed quickly and our profile has been shown quite a bit in the few months that we've been waiting. We're hopeful that we'll be chosen eventually. But that's not the end of the story- after we started our home study with the other agency, Bethany started harassing us with constant emails, wanting us to sign up for an orientation session with them! And worse yet, asking for donations. I'm glad some people like them but I'm not particularly impressed "
 
5.0
Meg Theisen
"We just completed 2 adoptions consecutively out of Lithuania in 2 1/2 years through Open Door, so we've worked with them for longer then most adoptive families. They are efficient, compassionate, personal, patient, and organized. I've never had to wait more than 1 day to receive an email back and most of the time I was responded to within minutes or hours; not days. And, "they" are Cathy, Reda, Silva, Debbie, Cheryl, and Walter; not random, faceless facilitators. I will continue to stay in touch with those first 3 lovely ladies in particular as we worked closest with them and they are now my friends as well. I would recommend them to anyone!"
 
5.0
mommyjoss
"We have adopted 9 children and are in the process of adopting 2 more. Due to circumstances with the child we wanted to adopt being listed with another agency, we could not use CHI again. We were amazed at the level of involvement and quick responses from CHI but thought that it may have been just because China was a different country than all of our other adoptions. We are now adopting again from China but the contrasts with CHI just emphasizes what an amazing agency it is. I have read the older reviews and am surprised - but anyone who has been involved in adoptions long term knows that it very much depends on who is directing the agency at the time. Reviews made in 2008 should be carefully weighed with the knowledge of who was in directing the agency then and who is now. The team we worked with in 2014/2015 are very personable, but also very professional. They know the "ins and outs" of adopting from China thoroughly. They care very deeply about the children and families. There is a great deal of emphasis on the families knowing what to expect and what to prepare for. We had our questions answered promptly (even on weekends!) and thoroughly. As a very experienced adoptive family, we cannot recommend them highly enough. "
 
5.0
LizardB
"We would like to write a testimony to tell everyone of our wonderful experience with Hope For Families. We have been on a long road and journey to achieve starting our family. We have gone through many years of medical procedures in the hopes of starting our family. After many attempts with no success we decided to look into adoption. We came across Hope For Families while searching online. We were in contact with hope for families for a little less than a year while we finished up our last couple medical procedures. After we got our finances together we started our journey with Hope For Families to begin the adoption process. First we set up a meeting with Lynn and Ken who are an absolutely a wonderful couple. After our meeting we were very pleased with their knowledge of the field and with the level of comfort they made us feel about moving forward. Shortly after that we set up our first step which is the home study where they came to our home and we spent a few hours talking about our life and theirs. They took a walk through our home to see if it would be a suitable environment for raising a child which they said we did a great job of getting our home ready since we did do a list of things to make our home baby ready. We passed our home study and got on the road to becoming parents through adoption!..."
 
1.0
justthefacts
"If you are a birth mother wanting to place domestically, Barker Foundation will treat you like gold. Birth mothers are their primary clients---without them and their babies, there's no Barker. But if you are an adoptive family, paying thousands and thousands for their services, you will be treated like a second class citizen. Be advised that if Barker involves you in a complicated adoption, working out the legalities is on you. The money you've invested in Barker goes almost entirely to securing birth mothers: not to supporting or assisting adoptive families. In our experience, post-placement services are worthless. If you need information about your child's background: even information promised at the time of placement, you will find yourself stymied by social-worker speak. In short----save your money and hire an adoption attorney. You will pay the same price, you will have an advocate protecting YOUR interests, and the wait won't be nearly as long. Do not let anybody fool you----Barker is a BUSINESS first and foremost."
 
5.0
ammcneal
"We recently completed an adoption through CHI, and everything was flawless. They truly go above and beyond and care deeply about their families and the children they place. Emails and calls were always answered promptly and professionally -- sometimes even late at night or on weekends and holidays. Definitely a top-notch agency, and we would not hesitate to use them again! "
 
5.0
eschaadt
"Children's House International is a wonderful agency! We are in the process of our second adoption with them, and we couldn't be any happier. Their staff is professional, and all of them have huge hearts for finding children loving homes! Everyone is always very prompt to respond to voicemails and emails, and on several occasions, we have gotten calls outside of normal business hours and on weekends from them. We love CHI!"
 
5.0
Bestlawn
"We have used CHI for two different adoptions, from two different countries. Both times, they went above and beyond to help us bring our children home. Adoption is long, hard and frustrating at times. Our reps at CHI did everything they could to bring our children home as quickly as possible. They were honest and up front from the beginning regarding time lines, fees and our children. Along the way, we felt like our agency reps had become a part of our family. By the end of our adoptions, CHI was as excited as we were to have our children on their way home! One of the best parts of using CHI as our agency is they truly just love these kids they represent and want each and every kid to find their family. If we ever adopt again, we will absolutely use CHI! During the ups and downs of the adoption process, there is no other agency I would consider having by our side! "
 
1.0
BananaLettuce
"We worked with American Adoptions back in 2011-12. We eventually left the agency because of their lack of ethics, leaving $6K behind. They told us we could set our own budget, and that wouldn't change, but they were constantly pushing us to up our budget saying they didn't have any situations as our price point (even though they originally stated they did). They charge based on race. Basically the more white the child is, the more they cost. It's despicable. They also encouraged us to lie through omission on our family profile. We were adopting for reasons other than infertility, and they encouraged us to word it as if we were suffering infertility because moms would be more likely to pick us. If you are thinking about using them, whether you are a birth parent or adoptive parent, DON'T."
 
1.0
BananaLettuce
"We had a domestic adoption home study completed with Villa Hope back in 2012. I've been calling and emailing them for the past TWO YEARS to see if we can update our home study with them, and no one EVER returns the calls or emails. We loved the social worker we worked with, but Villa Hope's customer service is horrible."
 
1.0
JenniferH
"I gave one star because stars are required for a "rating," If there were a negative range of stars, CHI would get negative 5 stars (5 being the worst). Nothing like getting lured in with kindness until they can't produce AFTER they take your money. Good luck."
 
1.0
Atx452
"After reading some of these reviews Im very happy to see that not everyone had the same kind of care I did. However I also noticed noone reviewed the people I worked with. The naples office, Gabby specifically, and even the director Mary, were absolutely horrible. I could never get a hold of anyone, the only time they would call me back was when I would question staying with the agency, then they got right on things, most of the times, other times they would tell me just enough to keep me happy, and Gabby was caught in quite a few lies. I had no idea what was going on with things, and as soon as i signed those papers I was on my own. I was in a very, very difficult situation, they did nothing to help. Its great that some people had an easier time, but i strongly urge any woman who is having an exceptionally hard time and that may be dealing with their office in Naples, please, look elsewhere."
 
5.0
Blessed4
"Our family has worked with Alternatives in motion for 8 years and 4 adoptions. After going to several different orientations, we felt best about AIM. They were so very honest and wanted to educate the importance of open adoption. We have beautiful relationships with our children's birth mothers that want that relationship. They encourage that even if your child's birth mother does not want a relationship, to continue sending pictures and letters in case they change their mind down the line. I consider the agency a part of my family and love the level of compassion and care given to birth families. I have worked the birth mother Christmas party they hold each year and consider it a blessing to be able to serve these beautiful birth moms. "
 
5.0
Olemissmom
"We are currently using CHI. They have been awesome thus far. They are available on week nights and weekends which I love. They really care about their kiddos and clients. We hope to reuse them for a second adoption soon!! "
 
4.0
Preciouslove92
"Adoption is not a easy choice.... With that being said, whether you are a birth parent or an adoptive parent AIM provides services to assist you. AIM is a family and they have always been available when needed. "
 
1.0
meghan729
"These people are extremely unprofessional especially when you are in a crisis situation. I am a birth mother who was promised counselling when it was needed. I get nothing but questioned on why I would want something. I can go on forever about this company but if you are looking into placing a baby up for adoption, which is probably the hardest thing a mother can do, do NOT go through them. They will not return phone calls when your desperate for someone to talk to ( Mary Fournier) and when you would like to speak to someone higher up, Mary Ann Ludwig, will refuse to answer and as you are leaving her multiple messages she will return your phone call. This is only about the people who are giving this place money for adopting and you are a nobody in the eyes of them. DO NOT consider this place if I could rate this place a negative 100 I would. They are horrible people. "
 
5.0
Kelly1010
"My heart goes out to Phoenix rising. I am an adoptive parent of two wonderful children from the agency where (I think) she placed her baby. I too felt disconnected when the agency director died and we were folded into AIM. We just did not have a connection like we had with the original agency. I urge Phoenix to contact AIM again - I have found them to be very giving, loving and professional. All of the people I know there would care very much about your pain."
 
5.0
seanjosie
"Cindy and her husband Jim were awesome to work with! They know their stuff and never make you feel rushed when asking them questions (and I asked a ton of questions). They really care about making your dream come true. We had done a lot of research and we kept coming back to A Loving Alternative and we couldn't be happier. Our daughter just turned 1 and every milestone and future birthdays I often think of Cindy and A Loving Alternative. I cannot understand the 1 star review...it can't be further from the truth! We are from PA and had a very successful and positive experience with A Loving Alternative with no issues adopting from our state. Please don't give that review any credence...it simply is not true and does not represent this company in the least. From the first phone call to Cindy to receiving "THE CALL", Cindy was so reassuring and helpful in lining us up with an agency from the birth state to help complete the adoption process. From the moment our profile was launched on A Loving Alternative's website it was exactly 9 months that we received "THE CALL". What a miracle! Cindy matched us up with a perfect family and we have the most beautiful daughter we could have ever dreamed for! In the end, all costs for our adoption (facilitator cost, birth state agency, birth state attorney, home state attorney and home..."
 
5.0
Olemissmom
"Everyone at CHI has been so kind. They really care about their kids. They are available at night and weekends. I highly recommend them. I hope to use them again for a second adoption. "
 
5.0
esc
"We completed our adoption from India with CHI in 2013. Adoption ethics are very important to us, and we did a lot of research into different agencies and their practices and spoke to families who had used those agencies as well as searching forums and archives. We had previous adoption experience that was also great, but our experience with CHI was excellent, far above what we expected. Emails answered any time of day or night, case managers getting up in the middle of the night to check for news on court dates, very respectful of the Indian culture and not blazing in doing everything "the American way," yet also actively advocating for cases to move forward when appropriate. Our process was smooth (unexpectedly so) and we feel the CHI staff are friends as well as professionals. We now have a beautiful well-adjusted child and CHI helped us a lot in the post-adoption phase as well with support and advice. Highly, highly, highly recommend them."
 
5.0
Beediva
"One could not find better advocates for waiting children. They genuinely care for each and every one individually. I have two children adopted through CHI (one in 2005 and one in 2014) and am happy to recommend them. "
 
5.0
Anniemeisels
"I'm right at the part where I'm hoping that a file I have (of a little one) works out, so i'm potentially close to the part where I head to China and pick up my future child! It's been a whirlwind and I'm still in it but I can't tell you how supported I have felt through it all thus far. Emails and call are always answered promptly, anxieties are addressed and nurtured and the staff (Nina and Alex are who I mostly deal with) are the best out there!! As much as my fingers are crossed for this little child to be a match. if it's not, I know they will work hard to keep searching the perfect little one of me. I highly recommend CHI. "
 
5.0
JSG
"We have had two smooth adoptions from China from Children's House International, in 2013, and again Jan 2016 - both children over 5. Ethics and transparency have been extremely high. I had a lot of questions about other parent reports of poor treatment in the orphanage of the second adoption, and they were very open and honest with me, which helped prepare us. Process was pretty good in 2013, but is much improved now under Nina's leadership of the program. I also like that they advocate not just for the youngest and "healthiest" kids, but also take on the older kids and more difficult to place needs. They are also innovating to support kids better such as with the "in China" hosting (where families travel not the kids). We would certainly work with them again. "
 
5.0
nannyogg
"I *love* CHI! I brought my daughter home from China with CHI in 2005, and my son in 2015. CHI is very professional, detailed, and organized. They are very wiling to answer questions and go that extra mile for you. They are supportive before, during, and after the adoptions. They really care about your family and your child. I also very much appreciate that CHI clearly lay out your costs and there are no hidden fees. They make everything clear, and no nasty surprises. I can't say enough good things about CHI! :)"
 
5.0
tonya.wike
"We have used Children's House to bring home three little ones from China. Our two boys came home in November 2012, and our daughter just came home last year (5/2015). When we first started researching agencies, I was a bit taken aback by the negative reviews on this site (mostly old reviews from 2008). I truly feel that these are outdated comments; they sound nothing like the experience we have had with this agency. The process for all three of our children went very smoothly with few - if any - surprises. Our daughter had seven unrepaired heart defects, so we were advised to expedite our adoption process. Children's House was supportive of our desire to expedite, and we were able to travel just four months after submitting our initial agency application! The CHI staff is always available to answer questions. I've had them respond to me in the evening, in the middle of the night, on weekends, and even on Christmas Day! They are a small-to-medium-sized agency, so they are able to give each family personal attention. I truly felt like a friend more than a client. Even though we are not currently in the adoption process, I still chat with the CHI staff often. They are very active advocates and truly put the needs of children first. I would not hesitate to recommend their China program or to use them again in the future!"
 
5.0
LJC
"I've used CHI for three of my adoptions and couldn't be more satisfied by the advocacy, professionalism, commitment, and knowledgeable expertise my family has experienced all three times. While awaiting preapproval, during the process, in-country and post-adoption, I've always felt supported, in the loop, and welcome to ask questions. CHI's commitment to find families for children is unsurpassed, and they know that the actual adoption is only the beginning of the story- they continue to support and educate their families long after they have returned with their new children. I can't imagine using any other agency."
 
5.0
Bbqdaisy
"In June of 2016 we brought home two new jewels from China and CHI was our agency!! We have used 3 different agencies and have adopted seven times. CHI was awesome, and went over and above with what was needed!! To say that they were fantastic is a major understatement!! We did a medical expedite as our son's cancer returned part way through the process so everything had to be triple checked and expedited!! And it was, CHI doing a phenomenal job making sure that every detail of the paper chase was correct and expedited. Our jewels came home in speed lighting record time!! We were blown away!! One of my favorite things about CHI aside from the excellent service so to speak, is how much they care about every single child. I love that, that they care as much as us adoptive parents, and truly advocate and cherish every waiting orphan. I also love the high level of integrity that the agency follows and holds to. I also love the wrap around support and that they care deeply for the kids and for us the families, in the pre and post process!! I feel like they went over and above with EVERYTHING!!! They showed excellency and such grace and compassion! Love that!! I feel comfortable reaching out to the agency asking them for help with anything. I would reccommend CHI without hesitation..."
 
5.0
Kellyrumbaugh
"This agency is full of heart and has earned my respect as a mom. The personnel at Children's House are knowledgable and empathetic to the roller coaster each adoption is. Emails are returned the same day and agency personnel are proactive. My son was very sick when I received him in China (unbeknownst to all of us). I was able to get my son home 5 days earlier than planned with CHI's staff working through the red tape in China. I recommend them first when friends ask. Since I run a care package business for China families I have contact with many agencies. CHI is top notch. They are Trustworthy diligent staff that goes the extra mile!"
 
5.0
dcp2014
"We used Children's House International for our second adoption and had an incredibly different (and way better!) experience than our prior agency. CHI was professional, organized, knowledgeable and very helpful. The China program is so efficiently run and they truly are doing amazing things. We received a referral very quickly (we weren't even done with our paperwork) and received incredible service and care when we were in China. The team of people we worked with were very responsive and supportive through the whole process. Our daughter has been home a year now and I still feel connected to the community of other adoptive parents and employees at CHI. It is nice to know we have a network of people that have gone through similar things and people we can reach out to for support at any time. We would definitely use CHI again and refer them to others. "