Adoption Star Inc
After almost 2 years with a open grid, not one single profiling opportunity
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.
Unfortunately, Agency has been a disappointment. They seem to devote a lot of resources to marketing and can be found everywhere and not sure that they spend enough connecting with hospitals and others where they can be more connected to helping current clients find their forever family. The head folks have their heart in the right place clearly, but the results have been less than stellar. There are too many parents waiting YEARS (not clear why) and who ultimately give up. Too little in-state opportunities and more with their out-of-state partners (who cost far more). Again, not clear why. Perhaps they will improve, but disappointment.
If there was a "0" option to choose in rating I would choose it as AFTER taking my $450 registration fee they contacted me and said they would not be working with me since I was a single parent and not married however during the orientation they went on and on about how they represent all - apparently a scam to get your $.
Didn't get the right vibe
Called to talk to a few agencies months ago and the folks here weren't as responsive as other agencies
So happy to have stumbled on this site...
My partner and I couldn't be happier. Wish I could post a photo of our daughter. Our dreams came true because of this organization. IMPRESSED is the word that comes to mind! Check out their awesome website: http://www.adoptionstar.com
Love this Agency
We had a wonderful experience at Adoption STAR and our wait time was longer than their average. I was surprised at some of the negative reviews especially as it had to do with communication of fees and placement times. They seemed the most transparent. They willingly give out their yearly statistics on placement and every piece of paper and telephone correspondence had fees included (we were given a breakdown of all fees with every profiling opportunity). There is ample education and the social workers seem invested in good outcomes for everyone involved for the child, birth parents and adoptive parents.
I was sad when I had to renew too and I took the time to go out and research other agencies and other possible options, we went back to STAR. In the midst of the wait it's hard to be positive about any agency. I think it's only after placement or placement with another agency/lawyer that an individual can come back to this question more objectively. I know I would write a different review in the midst of my wait then I would now and I know the one I wrote in the midst of my wait would not accurately reflect my review of an agency. It's something to keep in mind.
One of my favorite aspects of STAR is the post placement support. So many adoptions are open now but there isn't a lot of support to get this relationship started. Our son is one now and he's going to grow up knowing the agency that helped us adopt him.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
I am so glad I found this site. I always wanted the opportunity to publicly say thank you though thank you is not enough. I thought I would never be a parent and today I am because of two terrific birth parents and one amazing adoption agency. I do not reside in Western New York where the main office is, and it didn't matter, I received one-to-one service as if I was their most important client. I did have tears along the way as disappointments are bound to happen in adoption but never could I have imagined that an adoption agency would be so gentle and compassionate. Thank you to all the family advocates there as I think I have talked to all of them one time or another. Thank you to the founder Ms. Fried who saw the vision to create this agency.
Jacqueline is home!
you know i wasn't going to adopt. when my wife brought the topic up i was just one of those classic guys you see in the movies. i guess i just wanted my own kid, who looked like me. pretty funny since i am a goofy looking guy. anyway, it took just the first class at this awesome agency to make me realize i was not alone. it took just two classes for me to realize i really wanted to be a dad. it took just three classes for me to realize that i was scared and had a lot to learn. it took just four classes for me to realize we can do this. we were meant to go on this ride. by the last class i was sad the classes were over. my wife was a nervous wreck and called the agency a bit more than i think she should have but we both found patient and supportive staff at the other end. zack is this great person who answers the phone and seems always so happy to hear from you. anyway, just last month jacqueline came home. it took just one moment for me to fall in love with my new daughter. thank you adoption star for letting me be me and sharing my fears with you and for you not throwing me out the door. thank you for making my wife a mom and me a dad. if there is anything i can do to support another husband who is not sure what he is doing, don't hesitate to call on me.
Star did not help me at All
We were completely disappointed in the process with Star and their unexpected fees. The most helpful thing was their yahoo group where I could see that other people working with them became angry as well. We waited months with no calls, despite very open grids. Excuses were always made. I am glad some people like them so much and can afford lots of unexpected expenses, but for the rest there are fortunately other options.
Adoption STAR Rocks!
My husband and I live in Buffalo NY and there is no other agency locally or nationally we would recommend (and we did our homework.) We adopted in just shy of 11 months and couldn't be happier with our family, with our experiences adoption and with this agency.
I had no problem paying a fee for service but they are pure scammers. They say you cant sell a baby but they come close. Aside from paying your own and birth mothers lawyer fees, administration fees, social worker for you and entire mothers pregnancy fees, birth mother expenses!!! Like rent and food--even if they are on welfare and get those for free. Post adoption fees (whatever that is), pay for the classes....the monster delivery fee (always over 20k) is pure profit and doenst include a single thing other than a finders fee. You are looking at 30k and a long long wait. God forbid you have a birth mother with no health insurance...then YOU pay the doctors and hospital. If she needs a c-section be prepared to pay 10k and if the baby needs to stay in the NICU it could be anywhere from 2-5k per DAY. This agency preys on your desires and fears for gross profit.
Seriously, look at Father Bakers, Catholic Charity or Erie County Foster before you get taken advantage of by adoption star.
PS: I tried to give this zero stars but had to give one to post
Thank You Adoption STAR
I was not an easy client. I called constantly. Cried often. I truly think I was difficult. It didn't matter how crazy I was I was treated with unbelievable respect. I was challenged to truly believe and to get involved. From the person who frequently answered the phone to my family advocate, every staff member knew my name, made me feel special, made me feel I was not just a number, not just another client, but a real person who desperately wanted to be a mom.
I am a mom today because of Adoption STAR. I am a mom today because an amazing birth mother and birth father felt connected to our profile.
We are a family today because Adoption STAR provided our family and our son's birth family with the care and compassion we needed in order to find each other.
Thank you Adoption STAR.
I think it is very important that future clients talk with families working with Star now. The reputation of the agency is very good, but right now there are at least some of us who are not entirely happy (there are good and not so good things). The communication is not what I had expected, and the agency seems maybe more geared to building than caring for us. The people there are very nice though and I have faith all will work out in the end. Perhaps it is growing pains and at some point it will smooth out. I do not believe the personal side is what my friends experienced a few years ago. I can't compare to other agencies because I do not know from them.
Adoption STAR is the best
My friend Marina just told me about this website. She was also the person who referred us to Adoption STAR even before they adopted their son.
Choosing Adoption STAR was the best decision my partner and I ever made. We were treated with respect, and provided with honest information.
I understand that clients can be tough on agencies but Adoption STAR is very honest that they do not find babies for couples, but rather find families for babies. I know this can feel frustrating when you want to adopt and don't know when it will happen but truly by sticking with the process and by continuing to educate yourself, you will be successful.
We were blessed with a baby approximately 10 months after our home study was done. We had many possibilities before that but our daughter really was meant to be ours. Today we keep in touch with her birth mom and continue to keep in touch with the agency as they both became our extended family.
Thank you Marina for the best referral ever and thank you to Adoption STAR for their dedication.
We truly rate this agency as awesome. We adopted two children with Adoption STAR. One via the traditional agency track and one via the agency assisted private track.
Their educational philosophy and believe in providing support, training, advocacy and resources before and after adoption towers over other adoption agencies.
We would definitely work with them again and refer many people to them.