There's a reason for their use of the word "nightlight" in their business name, as the tactics they use to procure children are certainly shady and hidden.
This agency is responsible for several recent high profile adoption cases where laws where skirted to prevent fathers from asserting parental rights, including Veronica Rose Brown and Baby Deserai. They're also behind several cases where the child in question was ultimately re-homed (and subsequently abused) after Nightlight refused to give the adoptive parents post-placement support (google Reuters' investigative series "The Child Exchange").
If your ultimate goal is to "get" a child at all costs (and pay a pretty penny for it) - then this is definitely your agency. However, be prepared for the reality that you may find yourself in court having to return the child to the biological parent, since Nightlight does not do due diligence in ensuring that the children are in fact, available for adoption. If you want a child NOW, have $40k to spare and are willing to take the risk of losing said child - you've found your match with this agency.
Company seems to be not trustworthy, certainly had a questionable experience. Pulled out of program during the initiation process, at which point we had paid 2,000$ out of pocket. At this time Nightlight refused to refund any of our fees paid. I would have been completely understanding of not receiving a refund if Nightlight would have been able to justify spending more than two hours on my project. They were not able to. I’m quite certain this is not a good trait for non-profit, tax-exempt and supposed Christian organization.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!! Not ethical!!
Please avoid Nightlight Christian Agencies at all cost. They are not an ethical agency. Just because people are 'nice' (especially when you're about to give them a *lot* of money) does not mean they are operating above board or ethically.
Nightlight has already flubbed two high-profile adoptions and probably countless more that will never see the light of day. They do not seem to know or care about proper paperwork or adoption laws. They are *not* accredited with the BBB and for good reason, they would have a terrible score. They are earning a reputation for flight-by-night quasi-illegal adoptions and have assisted in moving babies across state lines at least twice without proper ICPC paperwork in place. They do not care about father's rights and will actively assist birth mothers in evading and thwarting fathers. This comes back on the potential adopters months later when the father takes them to court over a child that was often presented to them as 'fatherless' or 'abandoned'.
Do not waste your time here. There are other agencies that do everything above board. This is not one of them. If you use them there is a very very good chance that the baby you are getting was essentially stolen or placed with you in a non-ethical way, and you may end up in court months down the road for many many months or years because of it.
Find an agency that's worth your trust and money, this one is not no matter how 'nice' they seem on the phone or in person!
Dream Come True
Nightlight Christian Adoptions made our dream come true! We adopted embryos through the snowflake program, and we were amazed how much the process honored both sets of parents. We were reluctant to work just with a clinic, because we didn't want everything to be totally anonymous. We at least wanted to know who the donor family was. But through the education and home study process we came to see that this relationship could be so much more. The snowflake staff always got right back to us, and the matching process only took about a month. They arranged the shipping of the embryos, the labs, contracts and everything. I wish our doctor had told us about this option earlier on in the IVF process. It's like medicine meets social work. We have twin baby boys, thanks to God, our donor family, our doctor, and thanks to Nightlight.
from an adoptee
It saddens me to read some of the negative reviews on here. Nightlight Christian Adoptions have saved my life and I will forever be grateful to them. I was born to a prostitute, alcoholic, drug addict mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have yet to meet my biological father and have no other relative contact, but that doesn't matter because everyone I truly care about are are here in my new home in California. My mom, dad, and sister love me unconditionally and will always support me. With the help of Nightlight I have been given a new life and endless opportunities. If I stayed any longer in Russia I would no doubt be heading toward the same path as my biological mother, who has passed away over eight years ago. Now I am studying to be an Industrial Engineer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and I couldn't be any happier. Maybe in a perfect world there is a perfect adoption agency, but from what I've watched on news channels we are far from perfect. I'm sorry to those who have not had as great as experience with Nightlight as myself. I urge anyone who is looking into adopting to put their faith into Nightlight, because every child deserves a loving family.
Blessed to Overflowing
We have been blessed to build our family through the miraculous gift of adoption. My husband and I have adopted 7 of our 8 children. ALL 7 of our adoptions were done through Nightlight Christian Adoptions. We began the adoption journey over 13 years ago. We visited several adoption agencies and even began the process with a different agency but then we found Nightlight. Their love and care for prospective birthfamilies blessed us so we quickly switched to their agency. It was extremely important to our family that great care and love was poured into our children's birthfamily. We have adopted 5 times domestically and 2 times internationally through NCA. With each adoption, Nightlight and their staff has done an incredible job helping us through the process. They have been supportive and proactive on our behalf. As we navigated through our international adoptions, NCA and their staff were once again extremely helpful throughout the whole process. We highly recommend Nightlight Christian Adoptions as an honest and reputable adoption agency.
We had a bad experience with Nightlight Christian Adoption. During our initial interviews with them, they sounded promising. Too late we realized they had several hits with the Better Business Bureau. Communication was terrible, and standard documents had typos. The staff was terribly disorganized. (We spent months redoing paperwork as document were sent out without being notarized, or a document would be left out when the packet was sent to be apostilled. Since all of this is time sensitive and has to be done in a certain order, we also were fingerprinted and had our lab work done multiple times.) The staff kept having to ?
Nightlight Christian Adoptions: Huge Blessing
Going into adoption we felt overwhelmed at the huge task before us, but Nightlight turned the whole process into a huge blessing. They were with us at every step, very knowledeable, and genuinely caring. They helped make our dream of a family a reality. Thanks so much for your hard and competent work! We'll never forget you.
Great Experience - Our FAMILY is complete
We have recommended Nighlight many times and there have been many friends and acquintances who have also had wonderful experiences. We decided upon international adoption for our second child. The staff at Nightlight was very thorough and provided us with excellent counsel. Everything was clearly explained and there were no surprises. There are many things that can happen when dealing with another country and the folks at Nightlight were one step ahead making sure we knew what to expect. We had a great experience and would use them again.
Do not use this agency
Absolutely DO NOT use this agency. They are incompetent at best, liars & thieves at worst. There are other agencies out them. Please save yourselves and use someone else.