Christian World Adoption
If your adoption with CWA worked, you're lucky
I am a Christian, which is why I chose CWA. I would not recommend this agency to anyone!
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS AGENCY
I wonder how many have signed up with CWA and paid the non-refundable fees then have nothing happen with their adoption for years. The case worker handling my adoption through Volgograd, Russia changed about three times. No communication unless I pursued it. I got the feeling perhaps others who were more aggressively persistant might have been put ahead of me, but how could you prove it. After having my paperwork registered with them for three years, I severed ties with them and took the financial loss. I definitely would not recommend this agency to anyone.
CWA: Proceed at your own risk
We chose Christian World Adoptions because we thought that they were a Christian based organization. It just proves that just because the word ?ǣChristian?ǥ is in a business name does not deem them so.
Unfortunately the negative experiences we encountered with CWA bordered on unethical. Their staff on many occasions have been dishonest and misleading with information relating to the China Program. We have had multiple very disturbing encounters with the Agency that we should seek legal council for, and still may. Their mission statement is not at all who they claim to be or stand for.
They are in it for monetary gains ONLY! They did not contact us for several years while waiting, and then made excuses they didn't have our email. We have had the same email since we started the process. We questioned why they never contacted us in over two years and within seconds I was hung up on. I have never been hung up on in my entire life, and found the experience deplorable and disrespectful. Everyone within the Agency has refused to speak to us about our multiple complaints and never returned any phone calls or emails regarding our status. Since, they have advised us they will now be charging a fee of 100.00$ per month to remain on the NSN list for China. This all of which was never communicated to us until we received a late notice invoice for not paying it yet!!
We have been working with the Agency for over five years; enslaved by their unethical practices and held captive by the inability to afford to go with another agency waiting, a NSN child from China. We feel like our hands are tied and the sense of ENTRAPTMENT.
We want to give grace, but grace has not been deserved. DO NOT use this AGENCY, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Be smart and read these reviews!!! There are few that are positive, with wide span accusations and negative comments.
Reviews: DO NOT USE THIS AGENCY!
CWA: proceed at your own risk
Christian World Adoption is perhaps the most famous of the corrupt agencies working in Africa.
Go into this with your eyes open.
Don't believe their website.
Read NEWS reports about CWA.
We have been waiting on our Ethiopian adoption for over 2 years but our daughter is still sitting in an orphanage & we are still waiting to bring her home. Every step of the way there have been major issues. We were told to celebrate & get ready to travel then we were told she was not our daughter & that we would most likely lose her. Then again we were told she was ours & we would travel "any day now" that was 3 months ago. We began getting pics of our daughter when she was 3 months she is now 14 months and travel seems very far away.
Their staff has caused us to be continually fearful, they have not walked with us gracefully or provided quality communication or information along the way. They are extremely condescending and always respond by saying that we don't understand the culture. Even though I have traveled there many times and have a sister who lives in Africa.
They refuse to advocate for their clients and do the hard work required to bring children home.
We will adopt again but we will stay very far away from CWA - I suggest you do the same if you want to work with a quality agency. There is a reason there are so many 1 stars here!
CWA is top notch
Funny how most folks that don't like CWA will not not post their username, but instead put "anonymous". Just Christian bashing
CWA is top notch
We adopted 4 years ago with CWA (Kazakhstan), and are adopting now, 2 from Ethiopia.
CWA could not be a better agency in my view. Anyone that knows about international adoption knows that an agency is limited in the things they can do, and rely heavily on foreign govt. officials for good information and do the best they can. Their integrity has been great in every way that we have seen.
It amazes me that people believe everything they see on CBS. If you want the real story, go to CWA.org and read their response. They are doing great work for the fatherless all throughout the world. Does not surprise me that the outside world would go after a Christian agency in this way. The last thing Satan wants to every see is for Christians to adopt orphans. That is what really is at work here.
CWA will be on CBS nightly news
CWA will be on CBS nightly news Feb 15, 2010, it won't be pretty.
CWA - updated review posted
Please see my new review (dated 10/12/2008) with a new 3.5* rating (down from 5* during the paperchase). It was written as a comment to my (Happy AP's) 02/10/2008 original post. Now that our adoption is finalized and we are back home, I wanted to add some thoughts to our adoption process with CWA.
Happy AP (& Happy AP2, 'cause I couldn't for the life of me remember my user name or password!)
Room for improvement
The people working in the Guatemala program were extreamly over worked - though they tried there best. Emails and phone messages were returned immediatley before we received our referral but not after. They promised us we would be parents and bring home a child, and that did happened with the first adoption. (The attorney and foster family were wonderful and even though there were a few bumps in the road everything turned out okay).
The second adoption didn't have a happy ending. The birth mother changed her mind shortly after the baby was born. We had a difficult time getting information from CWA. It was heartbraking for us but we also understood the pain the birth mother was suffering. CWA was not very caring and compassinate to us once we suffered this loss. It was pure business. We were offered if we wanted to get on a list for another referral. We wanted our money back but never got it. Plus they immediatly blocked our internet access to there site which we paid for. They did not play nice.
All in all we have a wonderful, healthy, happy child and we are very greatful for that, However when things go wrong praying isn't the entire solution - you really need to think and use the brain the good Lord gave you.
Adoptions are very emotional and require much patience. CWA could use a lot of improvement when adoptions turn sour.