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5.0
AAshaw35
"I completed an adoption from Bulgaria through this agency. They were with me every step of the way. I don't understand the negative comments from parents below. My first contact was with Kathy Junk. She is open, friendly and honest. Talk to her and I guarantee you will be satisfied and confident in this agency. Their goal is truly to create forever families. "
 
5.0
Rey
"I came across HFF online, and called Lynn instantly. My husband and I met with them that same day. Dr. Brown and Lynn explained the entire process. There was no doubt that HFF was the perfect agency for us. Our background and home study took less than 3 months. And we got matched 5 months after. Lynn and Ken picked an amazing birth mom for us. Our BM was out-of-state. We didn't have to worry, because Lynn or Ken always stayed in touch with our birth mom and kept us up-to-date. We brought our baby girl home a week after her birth. Lynn called us the same day of the delivery to see how baby was doing. And she called daily to see how we were adapting as first time parents. We are grateful for HFF for creating our family, and we hope to use them again in the future. I have recommended HFF to a few of my friends already."
 
5.0
Powell
"We adopted through Heart of Adoptions 7 months ago and it was a fabulous experience. Our wait time was only 6 months from when we initially signed up with the agency. I researched many agencies in Florida and even went to visit some in person. As soon as I visited Heart of Adoptions (Naples and Tampa office) my gut told me they were it, but i kept researching just in case. Well, I ended up choosing Heart of Adoptions and we are so glad we did. This was the only agency that was willing to work with my budget. Many other agencies come up with a price prior to finding a match. The adoption process with Heart of Adoptions also seemed so easy compared to other agencies. I found them to be very "simple." Throughout the process, I worked with Meredith, Annsley and Erin. Anytime I sent an email with questions or concerns, they always replied very quickly. I was very impressed that I never felt as if I was pushed aside. The entire staff always acted in a professional manner. Our process went smoothly and there were no difficulties. We loved all of the staff. They helped us along every step of the way with literally no errors, which is another reason why I am so impressed with this agency. We are blessed to have worked with Heart of Adoptions and now have a beautiful baby girl. We will be forever grateful for everything they did for us. ..."
 
1.0
Concerned for Biological Mothers
"I gave my daughter up for adoption in Lancaster office 21 years ago. When I had second thoughts and asked for my daughter back the social worker said to me "Your daughter could have been a scientist". Well I felt so horrible and decided to go through with the adoption. Which I totally regreted. It is an open adoption. Today my daughter is 21 and ahe is a heroin addict, weighing well over 250 lbs. Her adoptive father gives her vicodin and is an alchholic. The adoptive mother is an enabler, obviously. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS AGENCY, AS THEY DO NOT DO PROPER BACKGROUND CHECKS!!!! I called the adoption agency and reported this to a aocial worker. She said I could sit down with the adopted family (enabler n alchholic). Now, 4 days later she does not pick up the phone or return my calls! I have called over six times."
 
5.0
kmdiana
"My husband and I have nothing but good things to say about Heart of Adoptions (HoA). It was apparent from our intake meeting that HoA was a wonderful advocate for its adoptive parents. The staff is always professional and thorough; they were quick to respond to our questions and always took the time to provide us with information or explain the process. When we had our first adoption fall through, our social worker at HoA told us she was going to personally find us the next placement. We received a phone call from the same social worker less than two months later with a match. It is because of HoA that we were able to start our family and now have a beautiful baby girl. We will certainly use HoA for our next adoption and recommend the agency to anyone."
 
1.0
Voorhees
"I would not recommend this company. International adoption is already a long, tedious, and painful process and this company does not pay attention or even try to understand the families they are working with. From the beginning of our adoption process we have told Lifeline we hoped for younger children and they have not listened. We have been in the process of international adoption for 5 years now and paid almost $20.000. When we started the process we told lifeline we would like 2-3 years olds (2 children) they asked us to push our acceptable ages up to 3-5 which we did. Now we have waited for several years and instead of 3-5 year olds they would like us to take children 8-10 year's old (this is older than our bio kids and we have said from the beginning keeping our bio oldest the oldest is very important to us. Another example of them not listening or understanding our family.) We expressed our frustrations to our Case worker with lifeline and she had us talk to the program director who oversees all of their adoptions. He listened, seemed empathetic and told us he would look into what other options were available. It has been 2 weeks since he has responded to our emails or phone calls. I find this highly unprofessional and extremely discouraging. Please be careful if you choose to try adopting through this company. ..."
 
5.0
stargirljess
"I am extremely satisfied with my experience with Wasatch. They are professional and truly have a heart for adoption and children. Highly recommend!"
 
5.0
wendisanders
"We have loved working with the Nightlight Christian Adoptions office in Greenville, South Carolina! We found both our daughters on Rainbow Kids, so they were already listed with an out-of-state agency. We needed a local (in-state) agency for both home study and post placement services. Nightlight was highly recommended by some of our friends so we decided to go with them and we couldn't have had a better experience! Twice! They provided us with two very professional and very timely home studies on two separate occasions for international adoptions from Korea and China. They also provided (and are currently providing) post-placement services. Everyone in the Greenville office has been a pleasure to work with, but we especially love Amy. We have found the folks at Nightlight to be very knowledgable about adoption and also compassionate and supportive throughout the journey. Most importantly, they understood how urgently we needed to get our girls home and they were able to complete both our home studies in less than a month! We paid a fee for them to expedite and of course we had to do our part to make this happen, with paperwork and education, but we couldn't have done it without Nightlight. We have heard so many stories of agencies dragging out the home study process while families (and children) waited and waited... So glad that was not our story! Our first daughter (adopted in 2012) was in our arms in 9 1/2 months; the second (adopted in 2016) in..."
 
5.0
andrew-keeling@hotmail.com
"My wife and I have been involved with the Nightlight Agency in Tulsa, OK as adoptive parents for almost 2 years now. What a blessing to work with a Christian organization that actually lives out their faith every day! Debbie and her staff have been wonderful! We had a special needs child placed with us for over 18 months with plans to adopt. Anyone who has a child with special needs knows the tremendous amount of stress and emotional highs and lows associated with raising that child. Add the normal stressors associated with an adoption and you get an extremely crazy emotional roller coaster ride. Through all of this, Debbie and Nightlight were always 100% supportive and always had the child's best interests as well as our family's best interests in mind. They went way above and beyond the call of duty to help us. They are all extremely knowledgeable and passionate about helping children and the families involved. We now feel like Debbie and all her staff are family. I can't imagine going through the process without the support of an agency like Nightlight. We would highly recommend Nightlight to anyone in the Tulsa area!"
 
5.0
MPines
"We met Ken and Lynn, the owners of Hope For Families, almost 4 years ago in 2013. After a long online search for the perfect agency fit to finally become parents. We knew instantly after one phone call that we had finally met the perfect team to make that happen. Ken was so incredibly loving and understanding. Lynn so full of life, love and a straight shooter. A woman after my own heart. Most importantly, they were both Christians. It was almost like the heavens had smiled on us in arranging our connection. We couldn't have been more ecstatic. Shortly after our initial meeting, we secured Hope For Families as our agency and entered into their Newborn Program. We also began the process of our home study. Having been out of state posed a few challenges but, nothing that Hope For Families wasn't ready for. "
 
5.0
KABAGAILW
"Our experience with Nightlight was absolutely great. Working with the staff was comfortable and seamless. We asked a million questions (big and small) and never felt like a burden. Katherine made us feel very at ease and it was more like talking to a friend. We would definitely recommend Nightlight to anyone in the adoption process for a home study."
 
5.0
TheFamilyVan
"We switched to Hopscotch after a sketchy experience with a different agency. At first we were just relieved that there was a central office with business hours (beware satellite-style agencies that are an amalgam of facilitators working out of homes). As they eased us through the transition and took everyone of our concerns to heart, we realized that we had found more than competence; the staff applies rational, analytic thought to the families they serve. We're grateful for their guidance and their willingness to treat us (and other families) as unique situations. We're thrilled to have found our daughter through Hopscotch."
 
5.0
sejsej
"Overall I have no complaints about our process. There were a couple of hiccups along the way, but nothing that wasn't resolved. We were always able to reach Great Wall when we needed to. The in country travel went very well and the process in country was very smooth. "
 
1.0
AmberN
"PLEASE pay attention to the bad reviews. They are exactly how our family feels about this agency. There is a review that states "Dr. Albers is infamously cold" that statement is beyond true. There is no way anyone as unprofessional as Dr. Albers could have a child's best interest at heart. No compassion. Horribly disrespectful. Stay away from this agency. Keep in mind that good reviews can be written by anyone, even the agency... these bad reviews on the other hand, do not lie."
 
5.0
Matinee
"After my husband and I had met with Dr.Ken and Lynn we signed up immediately with Hope for Families, we really felt comfortable with them. They explained everything about the adoption process and answered all our questions. We were then matched so quickly we could not believe it. When the time came that our baby was going to be born we had to head out to the hospital in the middle of the night and we had a very long ride, Dr. Ken and Lynn were on the phone with us throughout the night. Once we arrived to the hospital Dr.Ken and Lynn stayed in contact with us as well as the birth mother the entire time we were there, we were so nervous and scared but they made everything go so smoothly. Once we left the hospital they stayed on top of everything to make sure everyone was ok. They showed that they really care for all of us. I can not thank them enough for everything that they have done for us and the way they handled everything. Because of Dr.Ken and Lynn we are so fortunate to have our little baby. D&I"
 
5.0
AmW
"Very kind, courteous, professional."
 
1.0
emotionalmom
"I have no clue how this agency survived for so long. They were recently raided by the FBI (it's on the news...Look it up) and we're debarred on 12/16/16 by the State Department. My family, like many others, were in country with absolutely no clue this was happening. They picked up a chunk of cash from us only to be out of business two days later. And that snakey disingenuous "I am such a great person for creating these beautiful families!" Margaret Cole's KNEW about the sanctions but let everyone travel anyway--this information has been verified that she absolutely was aware of the FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. She belongs in jail. Our "easy" adoption is still not completed. Families are stranded, out tens of thousands of dollars and in some heartbreaking cases kids have be RETURNED because they were the victims of trafficking! It's all true and it boggles the mind how anyone can be such a sociopath as to allow this to happen in the pursuit of the Almighty Dollar. Because believe me, it's all about the $ with this crew. They will lie to your face with their hands out. Do a Google search and see all the lawsuits over the years. Their Mo is to manipulate people into adoption and withhold information about the children's issues. I wish that real reviews had been out there when we signed up...These kinds of boards are padded with EAC staff touting the excellent service of their agency under pseudonyms. My gut feeling..."
 
5.0
Mccrawa
"Our experience with Nightlight has been exceptional. The staff has been incredibly efficient in helping us through a very complicated international adoption. They were so kind to help us make sure that our documentation did not expire through a long and tedious process with the government which we were adopting from. Nightlight will also be with us through the post adoptive process in providing reports to our daughters home country. They always contact us when these reports are due so that a home visit can be scheduled. It is so nice to not have to worry about keeping up with all of paper trail. The reports are always written professionally and in a timely manner. Our family has recommended Nightlight to many of our friends considering adoption. We are eternally grateful for their efforts in bring our daughter home! "
 
1.0
james
"My wife and I were looking for an adoption and selected Hope For Families as our agency, met them, had our homestudy done, listened to all their promises to help us find the child of our dreams. They said they woild help us find children that was a match for us. Lies. We had to do all the work for ourselves. Most of the sites we tried we found ourselves. We finally found a child in Ohio. We went to meet and started the process. We ask for back ground info on this child. Once this was finally given .... which should have been asked for by our agency after we told them about our plans, we had to ask the case worker to send it to them. We recieved it and found out after we reviewed it that this was not the right child for us. After we told Ohio we did not want to proceed, Dr. BROWN got really upset with us and said he did not know if they wanted to continue with us. This is not gooo after we had paid them $8500 to guide us thru this whole process. Dr Brown had went over this info on the child and tried to tell us this was ok. We are adults and know what we will or will not accept. After that, ..."
 
5.0
Brye3212
"Our family is living in Malawi and we needed to find an agency that would be able to send a social worker to us to do our home study. We began communicating with Adopt Abroad and discovered that our social worker had already planned a trip to Africa and was willing to include a stop to Malawi for our home study. It was such a blessing that our whole family didn't have to travel back to the States just to complete a home study. We absolutely love our social worker, who is so friendly and personable. We were able to complete the home study while living here in Malawi, and Adopt Abroad helped to guide us through the whole process and get our paperwork sent in through the proper channels. Our social worker has always been prompt to respond to our many questions as we've had to navigate two country systems. We are thankful Adopt Abroad is working for us as we continue to move forward to finalize our adoption. "
 
1.0
jilljo65
"They are terrible to work with. When my husband and I got denied access into China, we called them for help. All they said was this has never happened before and referred us to the US Consulate with a number that was incorrect. We finally got things worked out on our own. They have never followed up on us since we have been home. I finally had to contact them and remind them about our post adoption home visits. If I had to do it over again, I would run from GWCA. They are overpriced and clearly don't care about their families. Even during the adoption process, they were very unhelpful in finding a child. They definitely don't go out of their way to help you find your child. Stay away from them."
 
5.0
Mermerky
"So blessed by Nightlight. For reasons outside of their control, it took several years for our international adoption referral to occur. During that long wait, we were encouraged frequently by the staff. Once we received our referral, they assisted us in the numerous arrangements needed for our expected 3 month stay in country. Due to political issues once there, our stay was extended to 8 months. During this difficult time, Nightlight's emotional support was wonderful. For the entire length of our relationship (5+years), the Nightlight staff has always been not only quick to answer any questions I've had but also very thorough. Our family has been blessed by our relationship with Nightlight. We are so thankful for their Christian beliefs that they uphold to bring families together!"
 
5.0
rmains
"Adopt Abroad did an amazing job with our first homestudy. They were very helpful in what could be a very confusing time. They did such a good job we have come back to them for our second adoption. They were very prompt on completing the home study process, never lost a paper, etc. Thank you Adopt Abroad for helping us!"
 
5.0
AvasMom
"Cindy and Jim are fabulous! My husband and I interviewed a number of different agencies and decided to go with A Loving Alternative. We really liked the attention they gave; we felt like we weren't just another number in their database of couples. We signed up with them in August of 2016 and just 5 short months later we brought home our baby girl! The process was a whirlwind and the match happened very quickly. Needless to say we had many questions and Cindy was there to help us every step of the way. We cannot rave enough about A Loving Alternative! You won't be disappointed! "
 
1.0
Adoptivemother
"We adopted our child from the Philippines through GWCA/Children of all Nations. We are so thankful that we have him home now but we had our doubts many times through the process. Note: GWCA/CAN has now lost their accreditation for Philippines adoptions due to not following some procedures. CAN was not a good agency to work with. They provided so little support and only minimal information. 80% of what we needed to know was discovered by asking them questions, sometimes the same question repeatedly before we had the answer. Key information we needed to know, especially regarding how to complete parts of our dossier and how to prepare for travel, I found on my own through info printed by other adoption agencies and asking other families who had adopted from the Philippines. GWCA/CAN is not a faith based agency, which we were concerned about from the beginning. We chose them because they are located in our home state of Texas, which did make some parts of the process simpler. Also, chose them because they offered orphan hosting, which we did not participate in after all. In hindsight, to have had a prayerful agency with integrity and compassion would have been worth all additional work of going through an out of state agency. We experienced what others have described in reviews here, with our biggest issues being the incredibly high turnover and the attitude of the leadership that turnover is of little concern; also sadly,..."
 
5.0
DunhamFamily
"We had a great social worker that was caring, loved us, and helped us along the way. There is a lot of information to learn and they helped sort through the choices that we had. I know that Bethany is a national service and each location is managed separately. I know that others have not had the same experience that we have. We were loved and helped along the way. It was a long process, almost 3 years, but we were surprised with a stork drop type situation. It was wonderful. :)"
 
5.0
fivefannings@gmail.com
"As adoptive parents we will never be able to fully put into words what a blessing Nightlight Christian Adoptions has been to our family. The beautiful gift that adoption is indescribable. Nightlight Christian Adoptions is an OUTSTANDING agency. We worked with the Hillsboro, MO office staff and we can not say enough about the loving kind staff that works at this office. Honestly, we hold them in our hearts like we do dear friends or family. They are kind, thoughtful, prepared, and thorough. Our experience with adopting our son was beautiful. There are not enough words to compliment the staff. I have never met a more wonderful group of people. We highly recommend this agency. Our family would urge anyone who reads this to give/donate as much a possible to this not-for-profit agency. Please help support the good work that they do. It's hard to see some of the negative reviews and understand where those reviewers opinions are coming from. All we can share with you is our experience and it was nothing but positive. "
 
4.0
Zlhale12
"My husband and i sent our initial application to nightlight in July 2016. We were matched, and met our son on November 11 2016. Praise God! While we had dealings with the whole staff, we worked most closely with Amy and Juliette. Amy was amazing at responding to emails and answering any and all questions we had. If she didn't have the answer right away she would make sure to find it for us. She was extremely professional and an absolute joy to work with. Juliette worked more closely with us when we were matched with a birth mother. During this time she was great. We were matched AND placed in19 hrs 22 mins (so you can imagine the whirlwind we were all in). Most people have at least a few weeks for this phase but we didn't. Juliette was just a phone call away the entire time. While my husband and I were waiting anxiously in the waiting room the day the relinquishment papers were being signed she was right by her phone giving us words of encouragement and updates. She was the person who walked us in to meet our son and she captured the priceless moment for us on camera. "
 
5.0
JMDallas
"After researching the many avenues for adoption, my wife and I came across A Loving Alternative online and read nothing but positive reviews. We reached out to Cindy and had a great conversation about her services and her experiences when she went the adoption process herself. Cindy even connected us with two of her families that were matched with A Loving Alternative. After reading the reviews, speaking with Cindy, and speaking with the families my wife and I were felt very comfortable moving forward with A Loving Alternative and we are extremely happy that we did. From start to finish we were set up our profile, were matched with a birth mother and brought our little angel in about 9 months. We were fortunate and were matched with a birthmother only a few months after going live on the website. Also, Cindy and her husband were extremely knowledgeable and were able to address anything that came up along the way. We are enjoying our time with our little one now and plan to use A Loving Alternative should we decide its best to add another member to our happy family. We highly recommend A Loving Alternative."
 
5.0
Pacew
"We used the Greenville, SC office for a home study and post placement reports for a China adoption. Amy Eudy is sweet, professional, and truly has a heart for children. Everyone at this agency with the exception of one person that is no longer there has been amazing! We frequently refer friends considering adoption to them and would personally use them again without reserve. In the adoption world, the most most important quality is to constantly keep the best interest of the children at the forefront. I feel strongly that everyone I have met at the Greenville office does this. Adoption is very emotional and often difficult. It is great to have an agency that does their best to lessen the stress."
 
5.0
Lott
"We used Nightlight Christian Adoptions for both of our adoptions and we are so thankful that we did. They are by far the best adoption agency. We were blessed enough to have Kate handle both of our adoptions and she is like family to us. We are so thankful for an agency that honors God, values life, and respects families. Thank you Nightlight for all that you are doing to build families and give children a permanent, loving home. "
 
5.0
AddieK
"We ran across Nightlight by chance and that chance has brought our son and very soon a daughter into our home. We have been blessed by the Renewed Hope program with Nightlight. Three years ago we didn't know that there were children who were were adopted and then given back up for adoption. Dissolutions happen for so many reasons. There are not a lot of agencies who are willing to work with these families but Nightlight does. Laura has been a great friend and mentor throughout our adoptions. As you can imagine these adoptions tend to be highly emotional and she has been there for me and my husband every step of the way. Even with a failed adoption attempt this summer. Amy did our home study as well as Kim and both were extremely professional and warm in manner. I will continue to work with, support and recommend Nightlight Christian adoptions to any and everyone who will listen."
 
5.0
flyme630
"We have adopted 2 times (2006 and 2013) and hosted 1 time (2016-17). All 3 experiences were very positive for us. Everything was spelled out and explained for us and the support we received was top notch. We had our emails and phone questions answered timely and accurately. Our most recent experience was with the hosting program. Everything went smoothly and as described. The two individuals the we dealt with were readily available to answer questions and were knowledgeable in their areas of responsibility. I read someone else's comments about their hosting experience that dealt with backup families. I'm not sure I understand their comment about 1 emergency family for 30 children. We were asked to find a back up family just in case and this was done and approved before our host child ever arrived. I also read another comment blaming the agency on the behavior of the host children. The behaviors of the children are what they are and are a result of the care received in the orphanage. How could the agency be blamed for that? Smooth and flawless event for us. We will host again very soon. "
 
5.0
KrystinaA
"We owe Nightlight a debt we could never repay. After 3 miscarriages and years of fertility treatment, we decided to try the Snowflakes program. The process was amazing. We finished the home study and were matched within 3 months. The FET was done about 2 months later and we gave birth to our little girl. We are so grateful for the amazing team at Snowflakes. "
 
5.0
dbthores
"An Open Door was a great fit for our family. We were led to them by our desire to adopt from Lithuania. While the process was long, confusing and at times frustrating, our "team" was always there for us to help with questions, guidance and support. We successfully completed our adoption in December 2016 and a big thank you to Open Door for all you did."
 
1.0
nnlws7@gmail.com
"pity there is no '0' rating; we got our license in Raleigh office a while ago (it was no problem there, good friendly staff , easy training, no problem with home study as well) tried to adopt teen siblings from different state with no success. Due to family circumstances we moved to MA state. When we tried to renew our license in MA we gave all info to the state and they contacted the Raleigh office which has program director Ms. K. Burrows and she smashed us like a flies on the wall telling them that we had unrealistic expectations and she'd wouldn't recommend us for adoption. We contacted the LFS's president asking to help and clear up the situation. we were told that our case had been closed not because we moved but because we are bad people. (We had never been told any such thing.) he didn't help us at all, sure he talked to this kind lady (K.Burrows we guess) with a big heart who is very "concern" about kids in foster care w/out family and we are still waiting letter to clarify why she lied to MA state. The agency also refused to refund check for $5300 for adoption that wasn't finalized, they sent a social worker after 1 month(!) we requested help with teens we were fostering through them, we didn't get matching profiles from NC at all, etc"
 
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nnlws7@gmail.com
"pity there is no '0' rating; we got our license in Raleigh office a while ago (it was no problem there, good friendly staff , easy training, no problem with home study as well) tried to adopt teen siblings from different state with no success. Due to family circumstances we moved to MA state. When we tried to renew our license in MA we gave all info to the state and they contacted the Raleigh office which has program director Ms. K. Burrows and she smashed us like a flies on the wall telling them that we had unrealistic expectations and she'd wouldn't recommend us for adoption. We contacted the LFS's president asking to help and clear up the situation. we were told that our case had been closed not because we moved but because we are bad people. (We had never been told any such thing.) he didn't help us at all, sure he talked to this kind lady (K.Burrows we guess) with a big heart who is very "concern" about kids in foster care w/out family and we are still waiting letter to clarify why she lied to MA state. The agency also refused to refund check for $5300 for adoption that wasn't finalized, they sent a social worker after 1 month(!) we requested help with teens we were fostering through them, we didn't get matching profiles from NC at all, etc"
 
5.0
AJB
"After we experienced a failed adoption, my husband's colleague suggested that we contact Betty. We took a leap of faith and contacted her in July. She gave us so much hope that we would be parents one day. Three months later, we learned that we were matched with a birth family. Betty helped us throughout the entire process and provided us with words of encouragement. Even now that we have our bundle of joy with us, she's available to give advice about being adoptive parents and managing an open adoption. We have no hesitation recommending Little Bit of Heaven."
 
5.0
Tedfam
"We adopted from Haiti last year and we couldn't speak more highly of Nightlight. The process is long...it takes about 3 years. But we know we would never have brought home our two boys if it had not been for Nightlight. They are so dedicated to the creche and all the kids there...even the ones who aren't getting adopted. They gave us a scholarship and were always available to answer our questions. "
 
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Mamatime
"This company does no research on the children they match you with and the whole process is unethical. You can tell they didn't care about our child and that they only cared about getting money. please stay far away from adopt abroad "
 
5.0
GratefulMom
"I'm so grateful to Heart of Adoption and Jeanne Tate's firm! Thanks to their efforts, I'm the mom to a wonderful baby boy. When I first started considering adoption, I was not sure that as a single woman, it would really be possible. As an African American woman, I wanted to find an agency who could place me with an African American child and would work respectful with a diverse group of birth moms. I'm so grateful that another single adoptive mom (also AA) and my homestudy agency highly recommended HOA. This team made sure everything was done right. Meredith Shepard was patient and taught me about the process. I became a "waiting family." My profile book was chosen by a birth mom. They arranged for us to meet by phone to start to get to know each other. She is wonderful! We went forward with the match. Reena Jayasagar ensured that the birth mom was cared for and helped us develop a relationship. She made sure every detail was addressed correctly before, during and after my son was placed with me. Jeanne Tate's team ensured that all of the legal requirements were met. Thank you to each one of them who was involved!! I felt so supported. If you are a prospective adoptive parent who is single or who resides outside of FL or is African American or who just wants to work with a top-notch group of kind, smart, caring people who can..."
 
1.0
Hopeful Parent. 123
"There is very little good that I have to say about this company. We've been working with them for more than two years. Not once have we been contacted just to check up on us. Not once have we had a profiling opportunity. Not once. We have spoken to supervisors who told us that they can't explain why we have never had a lead. We're promised opportunities that just never come, and check up calls that are never made. It's heartbreaking that we put our time and trust in this agency that has literally done nothing for us. My suggestion - find another agency. "
 
5.0
HomeStudy
"We used Adopt Abroad for our home study. We live in Pennsylvania and had already picked an out of state adoption agency for an international adoption. We were told that our adoption agency has worked with Adopt Abroad for home studies numerous times. We have been very happy with everything Adopt Abroad has done to help us out. We worked with Susan, who was amazing! She was extremely kind and explained everything we needed to know. She worked in a timely manner (which was fast, because we did everything on our end very fast so that we could move forward and bring our child home as soon as possible). She worked really well with our adoption agency to finalize the home study properly. Everyone who I have met in the office is so helpful and wonderful to work with."
 
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Jordyn22
"I just recently went thru them a couple months ago and they pressure these birth moms into adoption. And they are very rude & i wouldnt recommend anyone using this agency, i dont even thinm they are legAl!"
 
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Jorich
"There are no words to express the lack of competence, integrity and compassion that this business has. And that is what this is. A business. Trust your gut. Dr Albers is infamously cold and will not respond to any concerns or red flags. Go with an agency that is well trusted and established in their reviews. It's all about the money, folks. Adoption is hard and when your agency makes it harder and is patronizing at the same time, it's no fun for anyone. "
 
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jmphillips0819
"This company will take your money along with your dream to adopt a child. My husband and I worked with them and did everything they asked, after putting a hefty payment down, and 4 years later we still had no hope for Lifetime coming through in any way with an adoption. We were robbed financially and emotionally by Lifetime. Lifetime claims to be a "Christian" adoption center, but you will not see a Christian-based action come from them. They are in it for the money, and nothing else. The only hint of Christianity is that if you complain about your disappointment, they will tell you that you probably aren't praying enough. In the meantime, your wallet is a lot lighter, and your home remains empty of that child they had promised you. Lifetime doesn't know what a good faith effort is. You will notice they have an A+ rating on BBB. Pay no attention to that - somehow the negative reviews (mine included) "disappear". If you search deeply, you will see many reviews like this one. Also, in some places, you can't even work with the Foster/Adopt system if you're contracted with an Agency. So even if you've waited years for Lifetime to come through, and they don't, your hands are tied to go down another path to a child. You'd have to break your contract with Lifetime, forfeiting many thousands, to work with Foster/Adopt, or another..."
 
3.0
ecogrrl
"As an update to our last review, we have been now waiting for a year since our paperwork was accepted by Ethiopia and this summer were told that rather than the original 6-12 month wait time we were advised when we signed up, it would now be 2-4 years longer, and that post-referral rather than 3-6 months' wait it's up to 18 months. So if you ask for a child of 4, the kiddo could be almost 6 by the time you get to bring him/her home... We have spent $15,000 cash thus far for agency and government fees and related expenses. One important thing that Sharpie101 said in their Sept 2016 review was that AA doesn't have an online group which is actually not true. Sadly, the agency didn't tell us at the start that they DO have a Facebook group where the country's coordinator (who we had never been met nor ever even been made aware of) posts regularly on how many referrals are going out to families. Yet at the same time, we were reprimanded when we tried to contact her directly and told that we needed to contact Radu, while at other times reprimanded for not including her in email conversations - and this was after she stated in writing that she had our file but then stated incorrect info about the age range we wanted, providing a more narrow age range than we'd actually specified. And along with that, Radu had told us AA..."
 
1.0
spokes@grandecom.net
"Five years ago, we adopted our son through WACAP. I am just now finding this website or I would have left a review sooner. At first the agency is friendly. It wasn't until we were into the China program that we were continually belittled, trampled upon and insulted for spending 40 grand to adopt a child in need. I was literally told, "This adoption has nothing to do with you or your family." That same lady had no trouble accepting my money even though the adoption had nothing to do with me. We also paid 2 grand for a worthless translator who did NOT help me at all in China - even when I was surround by some Chinese well-wishers, my translator just stood to the side chatting with his friend. He then took me to some outrageously expensive place to eat and left me there by myself. He never asked what I wanted to do (on days we couldn't do anything adoption related) he would just take me to the super pricey places - since we hadn't spent enough money already. The agency also lied and lied and lied. Most of what we were told was not true. I could go on - just avoid these people if you want to be treated respectfully. That's all I can say to try and spare you from all the negative associations we now have with our son's adoption. It was NOT a pleasant experience. "
 
1.0
spokes@grandecom.net
"Unprofessional, rude, short, crass e-mails. No regard for the client. Zero professionalism. Bad communicators. We just backed out, done with these people. No one deserves to be treated like that, especially no one wanting to adopt or place a child!"
 
5.0
mamasquid
"We have just completed our Home Study with Morning Star and so far, we are very impressed. During the free one-on-one orientation session, we got the chance to ask our 101 questions. The representative gave thorough, honest answers, did not sugarcoat any part of the process, and provided clear expectations for each step. There are some hard truths that go along with making the decision to adopt, including the possibility of a long wait or the devastation of an interrupted match, but this agency delivers those truths with a forthright compassion that is admirable. We were also pleasantly surprised to find the lowest fees of any agency we looked -- though that is not why we chose to go with them. Their responses to all of our inquiries have been timely and thorough. I've been most pleased with their providing an expected time frame for every step. And the home study turned out to be much less stressful and nerve-racking than we had expected. They really have an ability to put you at ease, perhaps because everyone who works at the agency also has personal experience adopting children. It may be some time before we get a match, and I will happily update this review at that time, but so far, we are very impressed. Assuming this level of professionalism continues, we plan to adopt through them a second time."
 
2.0
anon2016
"We sadly had a failed match with ASC in Altamonte Springs, but want to provide an honest take on what our experience with the agency was like. We were an out-of-state client of theirs. From the first phone call, it was obvious this agency's priority is the birth mother, which is inherently a good thing. However, the adoptive parents are not their priority during the match process. All the case worker talked about in that first phone call was the birth mothers, which was great, but she hardly asked us any questions. It made us feel like we were a tiny part of the equation. That said, I was willing to overlook it as we were in a national program working with multiple agencies and this was just one of them. We did end up with a fantastic match through them. Everything was absolutely perfect until the end when the emom stopped all communication, which I don't fault the agency for. Here are my takeaways. The Good *Very available for birth moms and seemingly supportive to them *Generally responsive if you follow up *Quick match process in our case (I feel like they have a good network) *Easy to talk to/friendly The Bad *Communication with us as adoptive parents was minimal. We were led to believe that they'd keep us up to date as we got towards the end of the pregnancy, but only reached out once in the entire last 3 months. The other times..."
 
2.0
audiobattlegirl
"I want to start out by saying the ladies that work her at Holt are really nice, but they knew what our situation is and how far along we were in the adoption process, which was just beginning. We did find a little girl that we wanted to adopt and they still said ok lets get the paperwork filled out. We filled out all this paperwork and talked many times. I think that if they had told us in the beginning that we didn't have enough time to get everything submitted that we would have continued the process. After they did the application review they said that we were not matched because we didn't have enough time to get the paperwork done in time and also because they didn't think we were able to take care of a child with down syndrome (they pushed that a lot). Now I am getting the bill for the $300 application fee. I think that they kept the process going just to get the money in the end. I don't recommend using them. "
 
1.0
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."
 
1.0
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."
 
1.0
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. "
 
1.0
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..."
 
1.0
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? "
 
1.0
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. "
 
1.0
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..."
 
1.0
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."
 
1.0
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!"
 
1.0
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."
 
1.0
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"
 
1.0
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..."
 
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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."
 
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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."
 
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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!"
 
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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. "
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1327 3rd Ave. SE
City
Sioux Center
State
Iowa
Postal Code
51250
Country
United States

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