Latest Reviews

 
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hope it helps
"This is to Adoption helper. Thank you so much for your post. My husband and I are desperate to start a family, and Googled adoption agencies. We came across Family Creations as well as your post. We started right away calling local sources you mentioned and found out that you were absolutely correct. All of them had the same thing to say about this agency. They wouldn’t disclose any specific information, but all cautioned us against working with him. We did get a few local agencies that came highly recommended from these sources. We have or first appointment with a local agency come up soon. I am writing this because I feel that your voice should be heard, and something tells me you saved us from future heartbreak."
 
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jlatimer
"I was so nervous to choose an agency when I started the adoption process but I feel I made the right choice with Alliance for Children. I felt the staff was down to earth and extremely caring. I had staff members from a few of their locations help me through my adoption. They were always available to help me, even after hours. I felt that the staff communicated well and they were all very involved in assisting me with whatever I needed. I really feel that they genuinely cared about me and what I needed. They made a huge impact in my life and I am forever thankful. I would recommend this agency to birth parents and to adoptive families. "
 
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littlebirdietoldme
"There are many red flags about what this agency is doing in Uganda. I'm very concerned. We have two children through them from Uganda and I would just share what I know. It was a circus working with them. I was young, naive, and concerned...but didn't know any better. High pitch sales like tactics to move children "quickly." seemed off...odd to me...even in the beginning. In addition to the sales-like tactics...Lori Scott told me lies about my children's family not wanting the kids. She painted a picture of grandmother as not caring. I found this to be extremely insensitive to my children's birth family regardless of their situation in being unable to care for them. Also, the orphanage in Uganda which they oversee or (or rather don't oversee) is extremely abusive to children. My children were beaten, starved, and forced to go to bathroom on ground outside rather than use a bathroom. Extremely unsanitary, dangerous. Children were forced to do their business outside at night or face violent beatings and other punishments, starved etc. Secondly, the orphanage director/social worker is violating Hague and clearly promising the families monetary incentive to place children up for adoption. I became aware of this pretty quickly when my husband and I were heavily pressured to give money to sick family members by multiple people and we were even shown private information in regards to families who had given money. I knew of the families from their fb page. That is a violation of Hague because it creates the impression that this is a transaction between family and U.S. adoptive parents no matter how small the donation. And I was aware of that and informed Lori Scott directly, who then never spoke to me again and relegated all other communication with me through various other personnel. Bizarre. Attorney's documents had many mistakes. I was incredibly thorough and corrected multiple mistakes before going to customs. But I did need to stay an additional week as customs red flagged our case and had to do additional investigations. It worked out okay in the end, but I still have many concerns about what the family was told in terms of the children being adopted and how little they may actually understand about it. Overall, I didn't have a good relationship with this agency. They were also unhelpful during post placement and didn't know laws of our state, and they are not knowledgeable about requirements of obtaining finalization once home, even though their post placement representative lives in our state. I would say BEWARE. Do not adopt from Uganda through this agency. "
 
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karen .ambrose clendenin
"I am a birth mother and though I used Catholic Social Services for placing my baby girl, An Open Door Adoption Agency support staff was there for me to share about my experience. I had an ongoing need to talk about placing my baby for adoption. They started a birth mother support group, for the birth mothers within a 50 mile radius who placed their babies with different agencies like I did. It was so wonderful to share and gain from others and their experiences. When my birth daughter reached out to me at the age of 18, An Open Door adoption agency was one of my first calls! I am to this day proud that I chose life for my baby and she was raised by two wonderful parents, Bob and Betty. I moved forward in my life to have three amazing children. Sincerely, A Happy Birthmother"
 
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moni.novo
"We adopted two beautiful baby boys from HOA. The staff is amazingly empathetic, caring and attentive. They take care of both the adoptive family and the birth family, assuring the best possible future for the child. In both situations, the adoption could have been complicated but the amazing people at HOA swiftly handled the issues, making the adoptions successful for all involved. They truly care about each child they advocate for. Also, in both circumstances we were American citizens living outside the US, once in Canada and once in China, and they helped us manage the immigration issues so we could get home with our baby. They also helped us to arrange semi-open adoptions with our tummy mummys. We cannot recommend HOA more. We will forever be indebted to them for helping us start our young family. Thank you HOA."
 
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Jlevock
"We chose Heart of Adoptions after interviewing a broad spectrum of Adoptions agencies of all sizes. Hands down this was the best decision of our lives. During the course of our adoption we only worked with three people Meredith, Reena, & Erin (+parentfinder profile builder) and we loved this personal attention. Our situation was fast, as we matched after a month and then only had about a month until the birth, yet Reena's calm, warm demeanor and attention to detail made this such a smooth process. She empathizes with the birth moms and the adoptive parents and is able to explain the situation and what everyone is going through during the process. I can't understate how available and attentive everyone at HoA was! Hands down working with HoA was the best decisions of our lives and we will always be thankful! "
 
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Marie326
"Grant Kirsh is the best at what he does, he helped my fiance and I adopt our 3 nieces and nephew so they could stay with family and our family is now completed as a family of 7. Grant was always there to help with anything we needed or answered any questions we had and for that we are very thankful. We are so happy we chose Grant to represent us with our adoption, thank you Grant and Kirsh & Kirsh family for doing what you all do we couldn't be any happier! "
 
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Marjielucasmom
"We have adopted 2 children with the help of Kirsh & Kirsh. It's hard to believe but our daughter started high school and our son started 7th grade recently! The Kirshes are amazing and I am so thankful we found them. After speaking with both Steve and Joel initially, my husband and I felt so much more comfortable with the adoption process. Both are extremely professional and personable and so is everyone we have made contact with in the office. Both of our children's adoptions went smoothly, any minor issues worked through efficiently. I have answered many questions over the past 14 years about our experience and I always recommend prospective adoptive parents contact Kirsh & Kirsh."
 
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jezmarie
" Although we began our relationship with Deaconess with high hopes, we encountered huge disappointment, pain, stress, and years of wasted time. With each negative experience, we chose to persevere with patience and grace and didn’t complain at the time because we thought we were enduring with a purpose. We chose to look past the indiscretions and the disrespectful attitudes all with the goal of holding our baby someday. I think that it is a great disrespect that our grace and patience was met with such cruel and inconsiderate treatment. I kept track of a few of the events that I viewed as the most egregious along our journey and I have wrote them below to show a little of why I feel so strongly wronged. We had numerous complications involving home study process and finally becoming activated that extended our waiting time much longer than I think anybody involved had expected. There was an email in which Deaconess admitted that most of the delays had been their fault and that they were sorry but still required the full amount of money to be paid. Multiple times we were told that we didn’t need to feel out certain forms and then later we were told the exact opposite. It seemed there was a grave lack of organization and communication and this interaction went on for quite some time. We had a very uncomfortable home study experience. The worker who came to our home asked my husband if he “parented out of fear” after him telling a story of him helping with a family member being a single mom and needing a man’s voice to help her kids cooperate. The story was told in an effort for Deaconess to see how we interact with our community of people and love on those around us but instead if was interpreted negatively and seen as a tactic of aggression and hostility. We should have seen this as a first indication that we were being misunderstood. I missed a phone call from a worker that was asking us if she could show our profile. I didn’t get the message till the opportunity had passed and we were disappointed. My husband called and asked why they didn’t call his number also to which they replied something related to the fact that “Mommy’s usually know first if they are expecting a baby”. Once a family has come to the point that private adoption is part of their story, they may have endured losses and heartbreaks relating to this topic that are unfathomable and there is no way that the worker understood any of this when they made this statement. The insensitivity to this very probably pain showed an extreme lack of understanding what the costumers are feeling and at best, a lack of training pertaining to the field of adoptions. ..."
 
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BOWLIN
"My husband and I have both been overwelmed with the love and compassion that Lifetime has shown to Our birth mom. They love the families and the birth moms and are Extremely professional. They have excellent resources like podcasts to help you know what to expect. We adopted our baby Girl Caroline in May of 2017. Words can not express how much Lifetime and our birth mom mean to our family. "
 
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sarahanne23
"We've had countless unexplained delays, dealt with ongoing poor communication, and have waited >2 years with no progress in sight. This is our first international adoption experience, and we are quite disappointed overall. Would not choose this agency again."
 
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Gibson
"Kirsh & Kirsh does an amazing service for couples and children! They work hard to bring families together! We had different options when choosing to adopt, but chose Kirsh for their experience, expertise, and strong desire to bring love into the world! We are so thankful! God bless this firm! "
 
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stayinganonymous
"I never leave reviews for this but had to do my best to warn people about this agency. This past year, we finished our adoption through their Ethiopia program and our time with them was a nightmare. The board of the agency is run by one family so there is no accountability. Once you accept a referral you pay monthly "foster home fees", this leads to a slow process with times extended to make more money. When I was in-country my suspicions about this were confirmed as I heard story after story from other families who, like us, caught them sitting on paperwork, not doing necessary steps for months, or requiring Ethiopian employees to put more time into our processes. Besides this corruption, the worst part was the way we were treated. Adoptive parents are treated like naughty children and often told essentially to shut up and sit down. Questions asked about why things are the way they are or fees are met indignant "how dare you question us" responses. They punish families who try advance their own cases in legal ways like simply inquiring while in-country. While I was there I found out about them being investigated by the Ethiopian government and about them even disobeying direct orders the government had given them. Also, our costs for this adoption were double the ballpark figure they gave us at the beginning. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS AGENCY. Lest you think I just a disgruntled customer, reach out to anyone who has used this agency in the last two years. Almost every family I spoke with at the end of the process said that the joy of finally getting their child after long wait times was only matched by their happiness of never having to deal with AA's American staff again."
 
5.0
Julie
"Terrific experience using Grant and his team for a foster care adoption of 3 siblings. Grant was thorough, patient and supportive during the entire process. Highly recommend. "
 
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kristinam
"We used Adopt Abroad for a home study only while living in Japan. The only pro was that the social worker was able to meet with us on relatively short notice and remain flexible around my husband's ship schedule. Other than that, paperwork was consistently incorrect, the social worker didn't prioritize doing our home study, and working with Adopt Abroad has literally made the home study process way more stressful than I'd ever imagined. We almost gave up using this agency. It took about 8 months to finish the home study on their end even though we finished all of our background checks and other paperwork within two months. We used this agency for the home study only because we didn't have another option with our schedule. I'd highly recommend to pursue other options if you have the chance. "
 
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Lindsey M
"My name is Lindsey M I went though heart to heart they didn't start helping me till I was 26 weeks and they helped till today I am 34 weeks and cannot work they called today and said they didn't have a family for my child because she was special needs they basically cut me off of everything with no warning or way to pay my rent which is due next week they also continued to say they paid my gas bill that they didn't pay it's in disconnect for a past due balance that is past due because they didn't pay it I don't see how people can be so inconsiderate of people life and just cut you off with no warning or care for their future very unprofessional in my opinion and today7/26/17 the director of the company called and told me I was wrong for writing this review about their services even though the gas company just came and cut my service off from a bill that they compromised to pay before they let me know they didn't have a family it they would have at least gave me some advanced notice I could've made other arrangements for my bills and rent now I'm in limbo with me not being able to work I would highly recommend looking to another agency for services for you or your family before using them I have always been financially stable before I ever came into contact with these people with the promise of their help I thought I was okay to rely on them for the time being not true at all"
 
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fivefivephotos
"our adoption journey started in 2011 when I first felt the call to adopt. It wasn't until 2016 that we took the first steps towards this call. We were nervous. We hardly knew anything about adoption and then we found them. Twin girls from Africa listed on Rainbow Kids by Life Adoption Services. There was something there, we knew we had to pursue. I immediately started emailing countless questions to Alma. She was always quick to respond. If she didn't know the answer, she would tell me that but she would also take the time to try to figure out the answer to my question. After reading a few negative reviews we were nervous about signing with the agency. So I asked to speak with the woman who started it all. She herself is also a passionate and caring adopting be momma. She happily spoke on the pine with me and also answered any question I had. While dealing with issues regarding our homestudy, from our local agency not Life Adoption Services, Alma went above and beyond to make sure all the errors were corrected in a timely manner. Our adoption of the twins from Ghana went remarkably well and fast. We expected much more delays. We signed papers to start the process for the girls in March 2016 and brought them home Easter week in 2917! While in Africa we heard of another set of twins that had been abandoned and were in desperate need of a family. Our homestudy had approved us for four children so we contacted Alma to see if it was possible. She was supportive and encouraging and Life Adoption Services did everything they could to help us rescue the second set of twins. We only just found out about the second set of twins in December of 2016, their court date is already set and I hope to travel back to Africa in the fall to bring them home. We are forever grateful to Life Adoption Services for everything they have done to help bring our family together. "
 
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rosekitten
"Grant has been amazing to me. Trying to work with CPS coming from Indiana to FL so I can adopt my niece and have gotten nothing but a headache from the case workers. Grant is advocating for me and making this process as easy as it can be."
 
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Kaanda19
"We hired K&K to be our adoption attorneys. They recommended we write our family information using the help of a writer. We paid the writer $800 for his help. We then sat on the waiting list for 9 months and I never heard from K&K. I called them and they informed us that no birth mothers had shown interest in us. We are a young and healthy college educated couple with a home and very supportive extended family. I asked him why he thought we hadn't been chosen and he provided no insight. During our initial meeting he had said he would be shocked if we hadn't been matched within 9 months. The only recommendation was to take another look at our bio...the one we paid $800 for HIS writer to develop. We felt we were treated with a condescending attitude. We had been through several infertility treatments and were excited about adopting and we told them that. We didn't see any effort put forth on their part to help us. We have been very dissatisfied. We thought it was necessary to share our true experience since most other reviews say only positive things."
 
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michelle.fountain
"My husband and I were expats living in South Asia when we began our international adoption journey with CHI. After interviewing several agencies, we found CHI was the most up front with honest information about their programs, and were the most prompt in returning our emails. They did not try to hide any information, rather they gave us all the information we needed to make the best decision for our family. The other agencies were not so honest or forthcoming with information, or they took two weeks to respond to a simple inquiry! During the application process, our case manager answered questions emails within twenty-four hours, even the weekends she was getting married and moving into a new house! She was very dedicated. Because of where we were living abroad, we used another agency for our home study who had a social worker in country already. This was the biggest mistake of our entire adoption, but not CHI's fault. Overall, CHI is a team who understands what adoptive parents need - lots of honest information in a timely and professional manner, with a caring spirit. Here you will find a team committed to you and your adoption, the whole way through. "
 
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H Family
"If you're called to adopt, we encourage you to consider our agency, America World. awaa.org. We give them our highest recommendation. They are truly professional, have a great reputation in the countries they serve, they are Christ-centered, and fully supportive and communicative with the families they work with. In the post-adoption stage and beyond, AWAA offers great support and resources to encourage and equip adoptive families. AWAA's heart is for the orphan, and it is clear in everything they do and how they do it. They facilitate adoptions internationally and domestically, they organize missions trips, hosting opportunities, and they pour into orphanages in tangible and continual ways. It's a first-class agency and we love their mission. Their website is full of resources and it's a great way to become educated about adoption, adoptive parenting, and orphan ministry."
 
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Charles Pascar
"Wow, is this a GREAT adoption agency, or what? They began our home study as soon as we signed up, and the entire process was painless (and we learned a lot about adoption-- and about ourselves). We then commissioned their services for an "identified" adoption, i.e., we found the birth parents, and they did all the legal work to bring about the adoption. We were especially impressed with their attorney, Mark Eckman, who has years of adoption experience and was one of the founders of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Their phone is always answered by a live person (no voice mail jungle!), and they respond almost immediately to questions and concerns. I cannot recommend them highly enough."
 
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Mikeandheatherd
"Very quick to respond to every question. Very knowledgeable. As an adopting couple I would recommend them above anyone."
 
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adoptionhelper200
"We hope this will help anyone thinking of using Family Creations located at, 3010 Manatee Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205 with Executive Director Kirk Zeppi. We highly recommend you call a local attorney, talk to judges, and other local adoption agencies before deciding on any agency, but specifically this one. My husband and I wish we did this before we unfortunately walked though this businesses door. Family Creations and especially Mr. Kirk Zeppi is very well known in the area and not in a good way. If you do choose to work with this company we recommend you hire a good attorney to protect yourself and keep your family safe by walking away the second it starts going sideways. Please know if you are going to be his next victim there are other trustworthy agencies out there waiting to fix the horrible nightmare he will do to you. My husband and I found out not to long ago that he had done the same thing to more than six families since us, and it hasn’t been that long. If you are one of his many victims please speak out, this could be the only way to protect future family’s just like us. "
 
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Wasteofourtimeandmoney
"My 1 star = zero stars.. We sent phase 1 in the summer of 2014. We were required to send the phase II and III in the fall of 2015 for a possible birthmother match. Once we met the birthmother and gave her an all day expense paid meals, ultra-sound, gifts and tried to get to know her, we were told she changed her mind the following Monday. We flew across the country on 2 week notice btw... We are over that now, which was one of the most heartbreaking experiences but understandable in this whole situation ( we tell ourselves it was her decision and ANLC had nothing to do with it). ANLC suggested to hold onto the phase III money for our next match. We said ok. So now we would like our Phase III money back. As of now we have requested the phase III back on February 17th 2017 and excuse after excuse is all we recieve. We do have the somewhat monthly updates, whether or not they are legit is a whole other question and conversation. This is our advice as a couple if you are thinking about using ANLC....DONT. They are extremely expensive and do only try to sell you their "package" of website placements. They even asked us if we wanted to be on their Facebook page. As for the refund, they have excuse after excuse like other parents are asking for their refunds as well, which makes us question why so many people want their money back. Our next advice is to just go to a local adoption agency in your state. The laws will be more common and you wont be out thousands for a trip that didnt work out. 2nd reason why we dont want anyone else to use them: We are not lawyers, they are, and we signed a contract in which to pay for we are making payments on for years so this could possibly happen. They took our trust and money and we feel completely scammed by them and could be by any adoption agency we talk to now. Thanks ANLC for ruining the adoption experience for the both of us! "
 
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ressemls
"My experience with Bethany as a birthmother has been awful. I've been dealing with one of their South Carolina offices for the last three months and things have gone excessively downhill. At first I thought it may be that my beliefs don't exactly allign with those of Bethany but after reading other reviews and talking to those whom came to a couple meetings with me what I felt was not me being hypersensitive. Besides what is highlighted below BCS was very condescending towards me from the beginning when they called me and this baby low risk because I do not have any previous drug or aocohol issues. The ignorance and condescending tone continued and worsened with each visit to Bethany. I eventually decided to parent as I could not let a organization that calls themselves Christian to take my baby and possible place ith with a family that only wants him because of his black father. 1 - Lies/conflicting information: Upon my first encounter with a pregnancy counselor with BCS I was informed that most families are now looking for extremely open adoption relationships and if this is what I wanted(very much so was) that it is possible. When it came to the point of reviewing families that had expressed interest in adopting my baby the “Openness Survey” they adoptive families had completed when they first started working with BCS mostly indicated they were not interested in open adoption, that they weren’t willing to share contact info, have visits in/outside their home and share letters/pictures beyond the 2 years BCS requires. I was told I could write a letter to prospective families – this sort of made sense to me but also didn’t. I was told over the phone by BCS that I should write a letter telling families about my life and what I see for this baby. I was more or less selling myself. In later meetings when I asked about this letter again I was given weird looks as if I had made it up. Perhaps I was given wrong information as this seems to be what they write up in their recruitment emails to their families when there’s a baby to be placed. Adoptive families that work with BCS create these glossy picture books via Shutterfly. At my first meeting with BCS I was instructed that I could take some books home with me to review interested families. When it came time to review and select a family I was locked away for hours in a conference room and not allowed ot leave the building with any of these books. I can understand the reasoning that they might have an emergency placement and a birthmother may need to review some however I was looking to just take the 1 or 2 of the families I was highly interested in. I was never given any sort of reason as to why I couldn’t leave with a book. A week later when I..."
 
5.0
Steph
"Going into the adoption process we didn't know exactly what to expect, but LifeLong made our journey as easy as possible. Not only did they hold our hands throughout the process, they became our counselors, our advocates and our friends. They truly love what they do and makes what can be a stressful and scary situation completely joyful. We have the little boy that God meant for us to have and it wouldn't have happened without LifeLong’s help. If we could adopt 100 children, we would and we'd use LifeLong for all 100!"
 
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Brutherford
"I met with Steve Kirsh when I was about 6 months pregnant and unsure yet of what I wanted to do. He was very polite and professional. He explained all the questions I had and there was no pressure on me at all. I'm so happy with the decision I made and glad my doctor recommended me to them. The adoptive parents are amazing people and I'm still in my daughters life as well. If it was for Kirsh and Kirsh I would have never met them. This was such a blessing for my daughter and I, thanks Steve!"
 
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Bethrpa
"We have been working with Bethany Christian Services in Elkins Park Pennsylvania. They like many agencies and slow and understaffed. We attended the classes, did all the paperwork. Then I had to call and leave messages over and over to get the home study done. After the home study they told me that people who drive the process, like I did usually want to give the kids the adopt up. They also said that they don't trust that I will listen to them and not contact other caseworkers. I thought that was strange okay so great they don't trust me, you know what I don't trust them. It felt like there was an agenda there. I lost faith in their ability to do what's right. Maybe because I am older and more experienced in life in general, jaded perhaps, but I just got a bad sense from them. We have elected after going through months of this to go with another agency. It's for foster adoption of an older child. "
 
5.0
Joemiller188
"Absoultly Amazing!!! Very friendly and accommodating. They are always available and really helpful. Any question we had they had am answer for."
 
5.0
Alli8876
"Amazing people to work with! Great experience from the beginning! Grant was so helpful and always available to help with anything we needed! Thanks for helping make our dream come true!"
 
5.0
cciacciothibeault
"Gazing into our adopted daughter's eyes would not have been possible without Kirsh and Kirsh. Thank you Grant for all that you have done to make this possible!"
 
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gladneybirthmom
"Let me start off by saying it took me THREE YEARS to write a review without being an absolutely angry as hell adult over the way my daughter's adoption was handled and how I was treated as a human being in order for gladney to get what they wanted. Please keep in mind I am well educated, I went through with the adoption, I love my daughters adoptive parents and believe it was the best decision for her. I also am blessed to have given them this gift so I am NOT ANGRY at my daughter's adoptive parents. I got pregnant at 23 when engaged to a man who I thought was my forever. Halfway through the pregnancy he bailed after becoming violent and beginning to use drugs... he then found someone else and took everything with him and I lost my job trying to keep everything up. So, I did the responsible thing and looked into adoption because I wanted my child to have the best life possible, which at the time I could not give her due to my circumstances. I knew this was going to be a very very difficult and trying experience. I knew that going in, I knew it going out. I still know it to this day. But nothing, and I mean nothing warranted the way I was treated. You see, Gladney approaches you (when you are a birth mother) as a very sweet and understanding factor. They make you feel safe, understood, cared for and not judged.... At first. They meet with a potential birth mother at say a coffee shop, to make things less stressful to explain their processes. They lightly push to see if you want adoption and then give you a "silent deadline" to get back to them. In other words they say, "well thank you for considering us, just know we need to know really soon what your decision is so we can find you the right family." It may seem like a kind statement, but to someone like me, who was educated, grown and in a sticky situation it was a statement that came with pressure and stress to make a decision. For before you are able to even think they are setting up their next appointments with you, and if you're feeling pressured and just wanting to get out of a situation without being rude, you just set up the appointments and then leave. Which is what I did because I had chalked up my emotions to being created by the pregnancy. When I look back on it now, I realize I was in fact pressured. All throughout my pregnancy gladney hounded me to make the choice. I wasn't sure, I wasn't sure, give me some room to breathe. But once I would get a small bit of room, here they would come again "Anon, we need you to make a choice, anon we have some great families, anon, anon, anon."..."
 
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FMDZC2
"Nightlight maybe used to be a good agency - but they are not anymore. Specifically the International Adoption Program for Haiti - based in Loveland Colorado. Countless mistakes (paperwork, poorly translated documents, outdated forms) were made from their end delaying adoptions for months and months. They communicate infrequently and are also defensive and aggressive if you question the process at all. When faced with owning up to their errors they will blame you for "not understanding the paperwork". They also ignored a complaint from a parent of an abuse scandal at an orphanage (suspected in 2015) till 2017 when they were forced to face the issue when 5 confirmed cases of the abuse came to light after testing was done on one of of the children home in the US. If I could give zero stars I would. Our experience was awful. "
 
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aprilsb
"Lots of anti-women's rights propoganda, birth mothers treated like chattel, spied on, run background checks, invade personal life. I've read several stories from the adoptive parents' POV of giving up after years of not being placed--very low match rate"
 
5.0
Bowman
"We love WIA and had an amazing experience! We worked with Chareyl Moyes the Haiti program manager and she was so helpful and really cared about us. "
 
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Corruption
"This is the most corrupt agency they adopted my children to abusive people and i have been told over again they cant help its been to long i am the natural mother of children that are currently being abused and am looking for any parents that used this agency and want to campaign of this corruption contact me at lelaniebrown545@gmail.com or call me at 725-261-2640 lelanie its time to stand up to corruption and speak truth to power ann marie you burn in hell for being a greedy black market of children and you know dam well you are a thief and corrupt you will be exposed"
 
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Adamrosie
"Would give 0 stars if I could. Refused to work with me and my husband because we "don't meet their definition of infertility." When I told the director we are gay and therefore incapable of making our own child she refused to budge. Their website says they are "people of faith." I would amend that to people of bigotry and backwardness. I pray they go out of business."
 
5.0
Aquinzel
"My husband and I just recently adopted a baby girl through Heart of Adoptions. We live in NJ and chose to work with a Florida agency because at the time, NJ was not doing many placements and we had heard that there were more adoption placements in Florida. We were told the average wait time was 6-18 months and we got matched with the birth mother a little after the year mark. Throughout the whole process they were always very responsive and easy to get a hold of. They were happy to answer any questions we had and were always happy to help. We primarily worked with Meredith before we were matched. We would call her every few months to see if there had been any progress on being matched. She never seemed annoyed or bothered that we were calling, but instead would happily answer our questions and provide us with feedback. Once we were matched with the birth mother, we were assigned our caseworker, Reena. Reena was always very helpful, friendly and professional. If there was ever a question that she was unsure of, she would find out the answer and always get back to us. As we got closer to the birth of our daughter, Reena always made herself available and guided us through every step of the process. We were so happy when Reena came to the hospital to meet our little girl before we took her home. Overall, we were extremely happy with this agency and would recommend it to anyone!"
 
5.0
lrlpcck
"We used Adoption Associates to adopt our daughter and have nothing but great things to say about them. The birth-mom support program, birth-mom caseworker for the Lansing office is phenomenal. Since we live in Grand Rapids we had to use a caseworker from their office to do all of our homestudy evaluations etc and she was less then stellar. She only worked part-time was very non-responsive. I had to follow up with her often about things she would say she would get back to me about. She is no longer employed by them, but I would still highly suggest using their agency. That small inconvenience was totally worth the 200 other things they did so well. Would highly suggest them over many other agencies. "
 
5.0
Pat
"It is true but we can honestly say that Hope for Families stood beside us through it all. We found Hope for Families through Facebook after being unhappy with our previous agency. Hope for Families was extremely responsive and we felt very at ease with Lynn and Ken. They truly care about their adoptive parents, expectant mothers and birthmothers. We matched very quickly the first time but it failed two weeks before the baby was born. We matched again about 3-4 months later only to have that match fail. At that point we truly hit rock bottom and began to wonder if it was ever going to happen. We wont lie, it was a dark time for us and we had a very hard time feeling positive. But Lynn and Ken always had positive words of encouragement and prayerful hopes for us. They continued to tell us (and show us) that they would stick by us until we had our baby. We truly felt like there was no hope but exactly as their name states, there is always a hope for family. We finally got the news of a third potential match and they knew without a doubt that this was a perfect match for all of us and sure enough, we gaze every day now at our beautiful son. We almost gave up and threw in the towel but Lynn and Ken encouraged us to believe and have faith that it would happen. Not many people can say that their agency cares about them but Hope for Families truly does! Thank you Lynn and Ken for continuing to encourage us and helping us find our happy ending! -P&M"
 
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 exactly 7 months! Nightlight was a BIG part of that! I don't know if there is another adoption in our future or not, but we wouldn't think of using any other agency. Thanks Nightlight for being a joy to work with and for blessing us with your professional expertise and gracious support along the way! ❤︎ "
 
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 was off from day one and I can honestly say I was in no way surprised when I found out I was stuck in a foreign country with my children and EAC had flown the coop. The DoS litany of sins includes bribery, trafficking, intimidation, fraud, you name it. Adoptive parents: don't let what happened to us happen to you! Choose VERY carefully! This industry operates like the Wild West with no accountability. Please please please walk away if things feel off, if you don't get straight answers, if the cash requested is beyond what is agreed, if ANYTHING rubs you the wrong way! EAC preyed on people who wanted to help kids AND the kids themselves! There's a special place in hell for people like this."
 
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, things got real cold and if we did not call, there would not be any contact from them. If you are thinking domestic adoption, go thru the state and you will find more help and not only get a bunch of promises for $8500. "
 
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, CAN did not guide us correctly in how we should proceed if we wanted to adopt two siblings, which we expressed clearly and emphasized again and again. We were matched with just one child because CAN did not explain (or know) that the track we applied to in the Philippines was highly unlikely to place two children with us. We expressed from the start and emphasized regularly that we were waiting for siblings with the plan to switch to one child if the wait became too long. CAN knew this was our plan but did not help us communicate this correctly to the Philippines in our application. We are beyond thankful to have our son, but one more child could now have a family if CAN had cared enough to support us correctly. Additionally, there are concerns about their nonprofit status and the salary collected by their Director. Our recommendation to you is to find a supportive, communicative, faith based adoption agency. This is a heart wrenching journey and you will need a full partnership with people who honestly care."
 
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"
 
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"
 
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. "
 
1.0
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 successfully guide you through the adoption process, talk with Heart of Adoptions. They're great!"
 
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 licensed Adoption Agency. Your hands and wallet are tied. Bottom line: STEER CLEAR of Lifetime!!!"
 
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 at that point in the year had only referred 2 special needs children to families, yet the FB page said NINE kids...and even one parent currently in the process shared with me offline that she had just gotten her referral and her kiddo was NOT special needs. And when I confronted them (not sharing the adoptive parent's name) they tried to claim the parent was probably not telling me the truth because they weren't allowed. We were also chastised for questioning the things that did not match up and while this FB page is the only way to get updates and the coordinator said she had our files, simultaneously we were told that she did not handle cases in AA's home state of Oregon and that Radu did. So why does she even have my information then? BTW I'd asked her multiple times to call me and she ignored all of my emails. So no real relationship building interest by anyone there. AA also told us - after they'd been paid - that there is no "first come first serve" policy for waiting parents in their program and that they match people with kids based on who they think would be good, which concerns us as how would they determine a *baby* would be a good or bad fit for a particular couple...not to mention we have no idea how long we could be waiting. They said that the fact that we don't have kids already would help..."
 
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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 we had to reach out repeatedly asking for updates. This would have driven us INSANE had we not had direct contact with our emom daily via text. *Ben, their financial guy, is HORRIFICALLY slow and unresponsive without major prodding. They're supposed to send monthly invoices to check your escrow account, but they only did that when we asked for updates. It's critical that you do this so you don't get any surprises at placement (see next point) *I have a friend who adopted from ASC who was charged $8000 for a van for their emom/family. She wasn't notified of this unexpected expense until placement, when they asked her to write the big check. She was shocked it was that much more and had to scramble to come up with the extra 8 grand. In our case, there were a few fairly minor nonexpected expenses that came and the only way we found out was because we asked for an update. This could have added up to thousands if we didn't keep tabs on it. NO ONE likes surprises. You'd think they'd be better about communicating any deviation from their estimate to the paps. *EXPENSIVE. There is no limit to what the expenses could be for the birth mother and you're at risk. There's no secret there. You are made well aware of this. However, I think the agency 100% encourages the emoms to use as much as they want/need rather than helping them find other resources. They do help get..."
 
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 available to clarify all of our questions in a very timely manner. We are thankful that Sylvia was able to arrange a time for us to meet with her and birthmom to ensure we were all completely at peace with our decisions. It was a very pleasant and warm time of sharing. We have enjoyed every second with our bundle of joy and look forward to watching her grow over the years to come. Sylvia, has continued to keep us abreast of the next steps as we work towards finalization of our adoption. Sylvia has continued to make herself available to us and it's obvious that she has a BIG HEART for this type of ministry."
 
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 a week went by and I traveled to Oklahoma city to sign the legal adoption papers. As they were going over it with me they said the adoptive parents had no legal responsibility to provide me with anything, including pictures. I started to cry... That was not how they said this was going to work. All I wanted was a photo maybe once a year so I could see him and know my decision was best for him and to see that he was safe. I received a packet of photos after I relentlessly called and called for months! Since that one package I have called and called, updated my address each time I moved, have left message after message and still after 11 years I have not once received another photo. Not one! I am hurt beyond belief. That was one of the hardest days in my life to hand over my innocent newborn to total strangers but the only thing that kept me going was my expectations of that one photo a year, that was all I asked and pleaded for. How can someone just disregard a person just because they are done with you, I made them money and once they got it they moved on. I feel like a dog who's pup was sold. Sad. Pictures, such a small gesture means so much to a mourning mother. My baby boy may not have died but I feel I will never know his smile or hus eyes...."
 
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. "
 
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georgeo.pulikkathara
"I also gave Gladney a one, but they deserve a zero. We chose Gladney for what we thought was an adoption agency with good people, processes, and technologies to do the right thing for the birth mother and the couples looking to adopt through Gladney. Their fees were high, due to our combined income levels, which we chose to accept as our impression was that it went to help the birth mothers. It seems they spending more on marketing and slick brochures than needed. They also highlight the Bush family as their sponsors and adoptve parents, and that persuaded us to go with Gladney. We were a military family and a Christian family, and we have conservative family values. In summary, we were notified after more than six months, that we were not selected as adoptive parents by Gladney as they felt our parenting style was too authoritarian and rigid, which we took to belief that my military background and our religious beliefs/ values as Catholics were not a good fit for Gladney. We’re disappointed, but more upset we wasted over six months of gathering paperwork, and resubmitting paperwork to get to the stage to be told this. Plus they had us take of time from work to drive down to Fort Worth, TX to tell us we were not selected. I asked them, why waste our time, and their reason was a bit flawed. I think they have plenty of adoptive parents applying, and they can choose to be extremely selective. Read the reviews on Gladney and be very cautious before you decide to go with them. The seem to simply want your money and your silence acceptance of their process. They are not a faith based organization , and they do not represent the adoption industry or the adoption cause well. Be warned. I question their decision making process on how they arrived at their decision, but in hindsight and looking at reviews of Gladney online, I agree with their assessment that Gladney is not a good fit for our adoption needs. I just wish we hadn’t wasted our time and effort with Gladney."