Adoptions International Inc - Dallas
This agency is the classic example of the "bait and switch" tactics you will read about in your search for adoption agencies, and what to avoid! Red flags from the onset, deception, straight up lies and a host of horrors is the best way to describe Jody Hall and her " agency". Yes, she is the same person that approved and facilitated the adoption of the murdered Russian child, Nina Hilt. Because of her and her agency, families were left in limbo, ignored and lied to about their pending Russian adoptions, which she was ultimately barred from. Inquiring with the FBI will support this fact. Jody Hall did this for money and greed, not in her quest to create "forever families. Her own adoption of Mia, was "great PR". Look at me I'm an adoptive parent too! Tragic!
Stay away from this piranha!
I used them before, and would do it again!
The adoption of my daughter from Kazakhstan in 2006 was facilitated by Adoptions International. They were amazing. I felt supported and informed throughout the entire process. I started off in the Russian program and didn't get very far before the slow down and ultimate closure. I had already done some research about Kaz, and was offered an opportunity to change course to that country. I'm SO glad that I did, becuase my little girl was waiting for me there!
Jody and her staff did everything in their power to make this a smooth process for me. I will be eternally grateful for everything she did to help bring my daughter home.
I'm sorry for experiences that some families have had, and there are things that happen in adoptions (even domestic) that leave families missing the children they were trying to adopt. That happens when you try to have a biological child too. Ever heard of failed IVF?? There is no doubt that international adoption is not for everyone, but neither is adoption in general. You have to be wiling to put your faith in strangers, in the US and in the country where you are traveling too. It's daunting, and it's scary, but I would do it again in a heartbeat, and I would DEFINITELY go to Jody again to help with another adoption, and I would also refer others to Adoptions International!
Very good Agency - Unfair comments
We used this agency to adopt our 2 sons from Russia and again in Vietnam. We had a wonderful experience and even though the process was slowed and nearly shutdown completely, Jody and the staff at A.I.I. helped us through the entire process. We were/are very happy and have stayed in touch. My understanding is that Russia did close down but not because of anything in Jody's control. It's easy to blame others when it's out of our control, but that is part of the risk of international adoptions in general. Adoption is very emotional and all prospective parents should be aware that there are risks involved. We personally had a great experience and have recommended A.I. to many of our friends.
Would NOT recommend
We worked with this agency to complete our Vietnam adoption. I would never work with this agency or recommend them to another family. I was one of the first families through their VN program...and one of the few to actually complete a VN adoption.
Let's not forget, Jody Hall's agency, this one, was the same agency that placed Nina Hilt with the woman who would later murder her.
Yeah - that one poster is right.
HOW does Jody Hall sleep at night? Beats me!
how does the director sleep at night?
We too had a bad experience with AII. We planned an in between trip, and 48 hours before we were to leave for Russia, they notified us (via email, not a phone call) that we did not have a place to stay, did not have a translator, and did not have a driver. All things they said were set up weeks before. When we asked them for help, the response we got was ?ǣgee, I don?
Best to Avoid
We also used this agency for a Russian adoption that was not able to be completed. Heartache and thousands of dollars lost-- it's not something we will ever forget.
At best, this small agency is overwhelmed. At worst, they try to downplay their ineffectiveness by blaming it on a myriad of circumstances besides their own inexperience. Red flags were everywhere, but that is in hindsight.
In the heyday of Russian adoptions, they probably did well, and truly helped children find new homes. When times got tough, they were unable to keep up with growing concerns and had no backbone or defenses to help their clients. They threw up their hands in defeat, but not without having pocketed thousands of dollars in agency fees.
While I think they mean well, they are just too small and unworldly to participate in the International Adoption arena. They would serve their clients best by closing up shop or just placing domestically where they may have more control.
We used this agency our Russian adoption. I would never recommend this agency. The staff and lack of concern is appalling. I am disgusted this agency is still in business. While in Russia I was told many stories from our translator about the medical and psychological conditions of some of the previously adopted and waiting to be adopted children...none of these conditions and/or the severity of these conditions was ever disclosed to the adoptive parents. I have knowledge of three disruptions all within a matter of days of placement. In one such disruption, the agency posted a "want ad" on our discussion group advertising this disruption like the child was a puppy needing a new home. The tactics of the agency are just disgusting. When adoptions start falling apart or are severly delayed as ours was, their MO is to blame the waiting and adoptive parents!!! AII is in it for the money and is one of those nightmares of an adoption agency!!! They will take your money, more money, rip out your heart and maybe, maybe if you're extremely lucky you may complete your adoption but your odds are almost better playing the lottery. Spare your heart and finances; run fast from this agency!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The following is the opinion of one couple only ... as always, others may have different experiences and hopefully they too will post here.
At first glance, AII appears to be a reputable agency with caring staff and the facade may well be maintained as long as an adoption proceeds smoothly; however, the true test of an agency's performance comes when problems arise ... as they so often do in foreign adoptions. We experienced a failed adoption with this agency, losing over $20K and several valuable years in our process (not to mention the lost ability to sleep an entire night without wondering about the fate of our lost child). The problem with our adoption was certainly originally precipitated by factors beyond the control of this agency as unavoidable problems actually did arise within the region that this agency chose to work (though they contributed to many of those problems through their own policies and facilitator selections). But, we feel that the agency's response when faced with the challenges to completing an adoption was onerous (at best) and potentially even criminal. Our story is a long and complicated one filled with lies, deception, and complete professional failure on the part of this agency and its director. Any attempt by this agency to brush off the charges leveled against them by prior clients (i.e. victims) with an explanation that the families involved could not accept the realities of local Russian anti-adoption sentiment/policy is an attempt to further deceive. Again, the actual failure to complete our adoption is not the source of our malice rather, it was the response of the agency TO those problems that was really, really shameful.
We used this agency for a Russian adoption that was never completed.
The agency and it's foreign facilitator lied to us, kept our money and broke our hearts.
We lost over $20,000.00 in agency/foreign fee's, travel expenses, repetitive document updates and add-on's.
We hired our own private (Russian) attorney to find out the true facts about our adoption case and the whereabouts of the child we had waited so long to adopt. We were shocked, angry and disheartened that an agency we put our faith, trust and money in~ could be so cruel and deceitful.
We were not the only A.I.I. waiting family to suffer the loss of a child along with agency fee's. Hopefully others will speak out and post their stories/comments.