SHE IS STILL DOING DAMAGE TO KIDS!!
Joanne Mitchell is now teaching military kids. She has fled the country but is working for the US government. Scary!!
RICO court case
Does anyone know anything about the RICO case that was filed against Joanne and Todd Mitchell? I would like to know what the outcome was.
One of Joanne's first victims
We adopted years ago when Joanne had not yet even completed one adoption (dummies!) She came across all sweet but once I started inquiring about my attorney on a forum she told me (and others) not to ask questions as it would cause problems for the case. Turns out my attorney was banned by the embassy- what a way to start out. I went to Guatemala and stayed there with my baby daughter, made friends with a very well-connected attorney and his wife and informed Joanne I no longer needed her services. Plus I speak Spanish, so there was no need for her- too bad I had already paid her. I met the banned attorney and asked him how much Joanne had paid him- it was thousands less than she charged me for the attorney's fees, and a week before the adoption was finalized she had not even paid him-- he asked me to ask her for the money, which I did and received a scathing email from her in return. I saved all my emails, too.
Her new agency is Adoption Resource Center in Florida- STAY AWAY FROM HER.
By the way, she is very, very, very wealthy- she used to own a training company for 3rd party billing and cleaned up- before she started stealing money in adoptions.
We recently completed our adoption with Joanne and Adoption Partners. The process took 10 months to complete, which surprised me considering all of the legislative changes Guatemala has recently undergone. We accepted our referral late last year. Joanne advised us of the risks and we came into the process knowing we may ultimately not bring our child home. There were a few times in which I experienced the dark side of Joanne. She was defensive, unsympathetic, and down right rude. She selectively answered e-mails and refused to send us info we requested. She did, however, send us monthly medical reports and pictures. The Dateline special was alarming. I recommend thinking twice about hiring an agency with her involved. Though our adoption was fairly smooth, I did experience the Joanne that does not care about the children she is helping find forever families. I am sure there are more caring people involved in the adoption process. Do your homework.
Update from Anonymous.
We have since brought our healty beautiful baby girl home in November since my last review. I think the dates on these reviews are wrong. Anyway, I can still say, that we had a great experience with Adoption Partners. Luckily, we had a very smooth case (8 mos.) w/o any bumps along the way. Unfortunately, a lot of the problems that can arise during the adoption process, are most of the time out of the agencies hands. I feel bad for anyone that had a bad experience with Joanne move quickly to get them home! As another person wrote in their review, we will always hear more from the people who are unhappy then the people that had a positive experience. If you look at the big picture....... Joanne did hundreds of adoptions, so I think there must be quite a few of us out there...
I can't believe you have NO sympathy. You are one of the lucky ones. You know to stay in business and scam many more people out of money she has to do one or two good adoptions and you are lucky for being that lucky one. She NOTHING but a BIG CROOK!!!!! She will pay for what she has done to all the other families.
I FEEL FOR YOU!!!
I would advice you to get out, if you have not lost too much already. She is nothing but a Crook!!! My heart and prayers are with you. We have lost a big some of money and have received nothing!!!!
If Joanne goes out of
If Joanne goes out of business this doesn't necessarily mean anything for your case. Your case in Guatemala is being handled by an attorney and facilitator. Quite honestly I would do what you can to track them down and start working directly with them. We were working with Joanne and she just quit communicating with us (way back LAST SUMMER)and so we have been working directly with our attorney. You DO NOT need Joanne or Adoption Partners to complete your adoption. You may want to contact Adoption Supervisors for some advice on how to go forward.
ATTENTION ANYONE!!-- PLEASE HELP ME ASAP
I have just read EVERY entry in this forum. My husband and I are currently using this agency. I just read that AP is shutting down(?) Is this true??? What day did this happen? My head is spinning, my mind is racing, my heart is breaking, and I am REALLY nauseous. I just may lose my mind. I'm not joking. Can ANYONE direct me to where I can find out not only if this is true, but what this means for our case? We just received an email from them on Monday updating us on our case. I need some sort of official confirmation. Please, if anyone has any info to help me I would be so, so, SO grateful.
I would love to share our e-mail traffic with anyone who is investigating JoAnne. We too, kept everything and have printed everything out in a nice easy-to-follow packet. It would make great reading for any DHS or State Dept investigator or anyone else who might be interested.