A Child's Dream
A child's dream adoption agency
I was introduced A Childs Dream in Nevada 2004 when I was homeless and pregnant. I voluntarily put my daughter up for adoption at birth but the day that was supposed to sign my papers I overdosed on heroin and the staff at A Childs Dream found me and instead of taking me to the hospital they waited until i came out of it so I could sign the adoption papers, I don't even remember signing anything. Over the years I've contacted the agency every year because I agreed to an open adoption and I have not received any pictures and they will not return my calls. I believe that they are fearful that will take my child back but this is not the case my daughter has a home and parents that love her and I would never take that from her. I have been clean for 10 years and i am now a therapist, i want everyone to know that this is the worst agencies I've ever seen and I still struggle now with them but I cannot afford a lawyer. I have 2 other daughters that would love to see pictures of thier sister but they don't even allow me that. Please do not use this agency because of their unethical behavior especially if you are adopting a child because such negligence could cost you your child as all mothers adopting out would leave the child with the adoptive parents. I love my daughter Lacy Anne Lara born 2/9/2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada that's why I chose adoption and do NOT want to disrupt her life.
We were referred to ACD in Nevada by a third party agency and it was a miserable experience from beginning to end. As we were adopting from out of state the only thing they were required to do was have the social worker facilitate the actual signing of the documents (I will say the social worker was very nice). That one transaction cost more than the agency in our home state who took care of the entire homestudy, filing and post placement (we paid ACD a flat fee- they refuse to send us a detailed receipt becuase "they don't know what was billed"). Post placement there was NO communication. I had to have our attorney IN NV ask them to contact me then I would get an email telling me our file was lost and we needed to re-submit EVERYTHING (this happened twice). Several times we were blatantly lied to so they could save face with the attorney. It took MONTHS to get basic documentation. We were also told that they would be following up with our wonderful birth mother. I am in regular contact with her and know for a fact they never did and it upsets me to think they just abandoned her. Last time I spoke with anyone was 5 months and they didn't even have a record of her name or the baby's birth name. Our adoption was recently finalized here in our home state. I have sent all the paperwork to ACD so they could close out our file. Have not heard from them.
They Stole My Child and Adopted Her Without My Permission
I am a father of three. I had a beautiful little girl but the mother wanted money for drugs. We weren't dating however I was a part of the pregnancy because I wanted to care for my daughter. (I do not use drugs, or have any reason not to have my children.. never anything what so ever with cps or anything, I am simply a responsible father with a home, car, and income) Several days prior to my daughters expected birth I called the mother to ask how she was feeling. She surprisingly informed me that she had given birth the previous night and the child was already out of state with an adoption family. Having other children, and confident I was the father I was devastated. I began to research the laws and found out that this agency had preformed an illegal adoption. Several ways the law was broken was not going to lengths to try and contact the father, I went directly to the adoption agency only to be told to hire a lawyer and that there was nothing else they would say. I went to CPS, and to the courts, I went to multiple attorneys and other resources only to be told that due to the child being out of the state that nobody but that state could do anything. I called CA. the state the child was placed and they told me nothing could be done because in that state jurisdiction lies wherever the birth took place.. Another law that was broke was paying the mother thousands of dollars during the pregnancy. And another was placing the child out of state directly after the birth and ignoring the statutes regarding due process. There has been supreme court rulings made regarding similar circumstances in which a father was denied the right to know there child without any reason and an award upwards of 14 million was awarded. I took a $500 DNA test immediately to prove I was the father and was told the child couldn't be DNA tested prior to establishing paternity. It has been several years and all I have is a pile of photos provided by the birth mother of my daughter "Georgia Shea Bakon" (the child) and a heart that cries endlessly every day. I hope to start a kick-starter campaign to raise funds to bring this matter to court... I cant imagine telling my other children what happened to there sister, and have concerns about being able to be knowledgeable about medical history and so on, as I have a history of a medical condition that may develop in my daughter.. I feel as if my kid was kidnapped and then sold to the highest bidder in some sick game being played by an evil adoption business.
Our adoption went smoothly in 2008!
My husband and I used A Childs Dream Adoption Agency to get our little baby girl in 2008 through the connection we had with Adoption Advise and Guidance-Gloria Hawk.
It was much easier to adopt in the US than international. Once we converted our homestudy from international to domestic and submitted our books to Gloria Hawk we had our little baby in our arms in 3 months. We were able to accept a situation where the baby was already born and were able to fly the very next day. For all of you parents out there wanting to adopt, this is a process that will work. The universe will bring this to you if you pray, have faith and a true desire to have a family.
We could not be happier to have had all of the components from our family, advisor (Gloria) and the agency who had the birth mom.
Our life could not be any fuller!
Lied to me
As a birth mom I was promised pictures and letters from my Daughter's adopted parent's threw the agency for every year of her life until she was 18. After calling and sending numerous letters to The ACD agency, 5 years later recieve old letters from her parents and pic's of her I believe my Daughter's adopted parent's have been sending pictures and letters to ACD for me every year as I read the letters from her mom and that was the first and last time ACD sent anything. I also believe the letters I sent for the adoptive parents were never sent to them. This hurts deeply not seeing or knowing how she is when I was promised. she will be 11 this year and the last picture I seen of her was when she was 4
A Childs Dream in Washington
A Child's Dream in Washington State is the worst agency ever. There is one in Las Vegas that I cannot comment on being I didn't go through them. I went through the one in Washington state with AnaMarie
Kotzin and what a mistake that was.
Don't believe a word...
Either it is AnaMarie writing that review, or a friend writing it on her behalf. Perhaps the agency who referred you to A Child's Dream wrote it. AnaMarie works from her home. My son and I sat at her house where she brought out some files and made a few calls before being rushed out to stay with a family member of hers awaiting my sons adoption. She isn't a warm concerned person by any means. She should consider retiring or finding another profession. The many negative reviews speak for themselves.
terrible terrible experience
I was going through a tough time in my life and adoption was my only alternative to keeping my son safe. I found "A Child's Dream" as I felt the name in itself would allow my child and me a dream to remember. NOT SO! I spoke with AnaMarie Kotzin on the phone and she seemed anxious about getting me out to Washington. She had me out there within a week, and had me stay with a family member of hers. I cried the whole time there. I stated my wishes for my son to be placed in a Christian family home. She never gave me a lit of available families who met my criteria, she said she had a family waiting. I was there almost a week and she had me on a bus back to my home town. Soon after arriving back, I contacted AnaMarie, asking about the placement and well being of my son and she got aggressive with me verbally. I later learned she placed my son with atheists and was planning to move him with another family. She asked me not to contact her with anymore questions unless it was for updates. It has been over 10 years since that horrible experience and found my son doing well. As a birthmother with experience going through A Child's dream... Nothing about this company in Washington is a dream. Total nightmare. USE ANOTHER AGENCY. I give only one star being I just found my son and I'm thankful for that. AnaMarie Kotzin needs to learn sympathy and compassion fir both adoptive parents and birth parents alike. She need to learn honesty and know it's about the children first, money second. Worst adoption agency ever.
a childs dream sucks!!!premier adoption is 1#!!!
my experince with different agencies...from las vegas real deal here..ana marie in her hummer is a bitch straight up.cant stand her..now premier adoption is a great agency to work with 702 328-9770...
A great experience for our family!
We were initially introduced to A Child?
Please state whether you used the Poulsbo or Nevada ACD office
I'm writing because I have a concern about some of the posts here. I think that some people (like tchirocat) who posted positive reviews worked with Dee Rodriguez who I believe is in A Child's Dream's Nevada office. Most of us who have written negative reviews worked with the Poulsbo, WA office. Can you confirm that you worked primarily with the Nevada office? It would be helpful for people to know that, and it might help to clear up the conflicting nature of the reviews posted. (it might be that the Nevada office is good, while many of us believe the WA office should be avoided). Because the heading of this page reads that the office is located in Poulsbo, that office may be receiving kudos earned by the Nevada office rather than itself. Likewise, my very negative experience with Anna Marie and the Poulsbo office should not necessarily be a concern to those considering the Nevada office.
Finalization Went Great
I previously wrote a review on 5/18/11 entitled: Positve Experience...thanks ACD!
Well, as promised, I am back to give them the fifth star. We had some trouble with our post placement agency in our home state and ACD did everything to work with us in order to meet all of our post placement requirements. Our agency here caused us and ACD a lot of headaches. When our last post placement visit was done it took our post placement agency so long to get the paperwork to us and we wanted to finalize in December 2011. When ACD received the paperwork they got right on it and gave us an incredibly fast turn around so that our attorney could try to file in time for a December finalization. Despite the efforts of ACD we didn't finalize until January. The only reason for the hold up was the difficulties with our post placement agency. We thank ACD (especially Dee) for working on our case so quickly and giving it a terrific effort.