AAA Partners in Adoption
Read this before using AAAPIA Melissa Clause
Nonprofit adoption agencies often profit someone other than children, families
11:07 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010 | Filed in: Local News AJC
Some agencies devote significant portions of their budgets just for one executive’s salary. For instance, Alpharetta-based AAA Partners in Adoption Inc. told the IRS that its executive director’s total compensation for 2008 was $107,747 — one-fourth of all its expenses that year.
We had a tragic experience with AAA & Melissa Clause in 2003. In the interest of protecting vulnerable birth mothers & families desperate to adopt, I am willing to share my very painful experience. Pls feel free to contact me .
This Agency is committing fraud
I recently hired AAA partners in adption to perform a home study done for me. Knowing full well they were not certified they accepted anyway. Now it is left up to me to try and fix the issues they have left me. They clearly stated on their website they are hague certified and are not even accredditted. They are committing fraud and I advise any one of their client to run while they can. Melissa clause also refuses to acknowledge thay she is clearly committing fraud by proclaiming on her website that she is certified when the US government clearly does not accept paperwork from her for international clients. FUTURE CLIENTS BE AWARE THAT THIS AGENCY IS GOING TO SCAM YOU OUT OF YOUR MONEY.
Fraudulent wrongful adoption
I find adoption to be a beautiful situation for those who are really interested in this channel of building or adding on to a family or taking in a child who needs everlasting love and a home. No child should be abandoned. No child should feel lost and alone. Now..I do find it to be ABSOLUTELY sickening and pure heartless that as "professionals" adoption agencies don't retain the proper motives when it regards adoption. Have they ever? I don't know... I was 18. I had a beautiful, healthy baby girl in 2009. I was a single teen mom. Not a proud situation for me, but I was a great mother. I worked part time. I attended college full time. I had a great bond with my baby, but I experienced a lot throughout my pregnancy and I didn't have a good relationship with the father of my child nor was I close to my family so I felt alone. I was seeking counseling and I was given the number to AAA partners in adoption. Apparently, the person that gave me their number assumed that I was contemplating adoption, but I definitely was not! After talking with a rep from the agency, I immediately felt pressured into signing over my rights. I clearly stated that I did not want to give up my child..and the director, Melissa Clause and another rep Melissa McWaters told me that if I signed over my rights that the adoption would only be temporary and I that I could get my rights back when I over came my, then, not-so-perfect circumstances. So I did. Before the adoption was finalized, I found out that I was being played into a horrible downfall. This agency also forced the custody of my daughter onto an adoptive family who had lost a child (they did not want to adopt again). They live in Florida, which was also an Interstate violation that the courts ignored. AAA lied saying that the family lived in Georgia, in order to avoid any complications that may have arose through conducting an interstate adoption. Ultimately, My rights and the fathers' rights were terminated but I contested the adoption and was unsuccessful. I had an ongoing relationship for two years almost until 2012. I was attempting to properly get this adoption overturned and the adoptive mother has severed contact. I'm incomplete and torn by the actions of this agency!! To all birth mothers, prospective adoptive parents, do your research. Go through a public agency if needed. Know adoption laws! Know interstate laws. Do not trust easily.
We used AAA Partners for our placement of a beautiful little girl this past summer. We are local and we had simply sent our information to AAA to let them know we were looking for a placement and we were open on race and gender. They contacted us a couple of different times to let us know that they were working with some expectant mothers that might be good matches for us. We did not sign on with them officially and we pursued other options as well.
A couple of months after we sent our profile to them they called us and told us they had an expectant mom they had shared our profile with and she loved it. She wanted to meet us. I met her and was able to take her to the doctor for the remaining 6 weeks of her pregnancy.
AAA never asked us for any 'support' money, they simply told us that if she placed we would pay a set fee...which was very comparable to other agencies. We never had any money at risk, which was great for us since we had lost a lot of money on a previous failed placement.
They were wonderful to our expectant mom, they gave her not only much needed financial support but a great deal of emotional support. She knew they were there for her no matter what and that was very important.
Our adoption went off without a hitch. We finalized 6 months after placement. AAA did our post placement visits and they were wondeful throughout the entire placement, post placement, and finalization process.
If you are open to a child of any race, then I would highly recommend this agency, as they work with quite a few expectant moms.
My husband and I recently retained the services of AAAPIA for our home study. I can attest that this is a very professional agency that did everything promised and in a timely manner. We are very appreciative of their guidance.