Commonwealth Adoptions International Inc
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Wonderful! I'm so happy that you were able to have a child of your own...as you said, God works in mysterious ways! Let's just hope that the son that got away went to as wonderful a home as I'm sure yours is.
Blessings and take care!
Isn't it funny
Isn't it funny how there are so many "POSITIVE" reviews of this horrible agency...even after they ditched their clients and left most of them high and dry? It's also ironic that many of the "positive" comments are coming from people who's names and emails haven't been verified....very ironic.
We got lucky, no thanks to them...we found a girl here in Michigan and adopted a beautiful baby girl from her 2 years ago now, I just wish I knew then about Commonwealth what I know now...........adios to bad rubbish!
My husband and I figured we're out about close to $20,000.00 total from them....and let me tell you, when they announced they were closing (which we had to drag out of them even as they asked for more money as they were shutting the doors...they asked us for the remainder of our money for the adoption in Taiwan to "finish the paperwork"), they were the rudest bunch of people I had ever come across.
Again, adios to bad rubbish...I hope if they do get caught that Marina and Dawn rot in hell....or jail, whichever comes first.
One Of The FEW Lucky Ones
I have to say that after reading all of these reviews that Commonwealth sure "screwed up" alot of great families. We started our Vietnam adoption in Sept 2006. We got shifted around so much with paperwork, lies, a distraught case worker who might I add was the best but couldn't take the crap of the agency anymore and resigned well into our case, and losses of time with our son & money. We paid all of our fees by the end of April 2007 and CAI drug their feet for the next 1 1/2 years. We were told numerous times that our adoption of our already referred son maynot happen because the OD messed up paperwork. I now know that the fault was right here in CAI's hands not in the Vietnam government. We are so disgusted that an agency that claims to be "reputable" could mess up the lives of so many children not to mention the families who long so badly for them. We fortunately brought our son home in Sept. 2008 after a long gruelling battle. When we found out through the faithful web....No, Commonwealth never contacted us to tell us..... we were devastated as to what was going to happen as it was only a matter of getting a G&R date to travel. I got a call around midnight one night from a fellow CAI family and was told about the closure. SHEER PANIC struck. We immediately got online and searched for our Program Director's hime phone and called. He immediately returned our call and confirmed the news. What would happen next. Here's where we relied on other CAI families in our same situation and we all bonded together to figure out how to get these kids HOME. We managed to find a way to privately pay our in country associate and he continued to work on our behalf. This ended up costing is bucco bucks beyond the fees paid to Commonwealth. To us it didn't matter as long as Derek came home. We traveled to Vietnam without a G&R scheduled and trusted the families there that were working things out for us and GOD that we woud actually have one. We got to Vietnam on Sept. 30th, went to meet our son at the orphanage on Sept. 1st, and had a G&R on Sept. 8th. We pushed and pulled to get this done but it was all worth it. We filed an insurance claim to try to recoup some of the fees spent in excess of the agency fees however we have been told that we breeched our contract by going directly to our associate and to Vietnam and finalizing our adoption. I would love to see the staff of Commonwealth go down and be ordered to return monies to families who were less fortunate than us. I still believe we should be entitled to our post placement fee ($1000.00) because Commonwealth announced their closure before we breached the contract. Some days I just want to fight and others I look into my precious son's eyes and am just grateful that he is HOME!!!!
My heart goes out to those of you that got burned by Commonwealth and I pray that your day of good fortune will come soon.
Finalized Vietnam Adoption 9/08
commonwealth and sunshine adoptions
Commonwealth and their sister agengy Sunshine Adoptions are both agencies that we would NEVER recommend to ANYONE. We were charged an EXTRA $5,000 to be in the faster program. The money was suppose to go the orphange, but the orphanage director said he never received it. It took 3 Years. we were told it would be 12 to 18 months. We felt we were lied to overcharged. BEWARE of these agencies.
Wheres our hard earned cash
We adopted 2 children in 2005 from Izhevsk Russia we just this past July finished our last post placement report. Dawn hill kept sending me threatening e-mails to hurry we werent even late, long story short I kept saying so when will you be sending my money back that i laid out in the begining for all these reports, she just kept talking in circles, call this one call that one, Ps I decided enough was enough as I am e-mailing her its not going through....why you ask because Commonwealth Adoptions had closed the doors and went out of business with all my money. I also on our second trip to Russia for court had to buy another set of tickets for me & my husband to get home because our case worker jennifer harris advised us to get tickets with no return date... when we were booking our flight while in Russia to come home those tickets were no good ....another $2800. out the window we were stuck we had no choice but to buy more tickets... I could go on and on now all the extra money they kept asking for makes sense but when you are face to face with your children nothing else matters except bringing them home..
Attorney General Files Suit Against CAII
Attorney General sues Tucson adoption agency for fraud
Reported by: Jeff Cochran
Last Update: 12:05 pm
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard Attorney General Terry Goddard Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an adoption agency in Tucson that allegedly failed to refund nearly $215,000 to families after the company shut down earlier this year.
According to court documents, Tucson-based Commonwealth Adoptions International Inc. engaged in a pattern of misrepresentations and deceptive practices in the sale of domestic and foreign adoption services to families.
"These families made life-changing decisions and gave this company their money and their trust," Goddard said. "They deserve to be reimbursed, and Commonwealth needs to be held accountable for violating the terms of its agreements."
These practices, according to the Attorney General, included inducing families to enter into contracts for adoption services under the pretense that the families would receive certain services in exchange for fees paid to Commonwealth. Instead, Commonwealth allegedly pooled fees, using money paid by one set of parents to pay for other families' adoptions.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the defendants from engaging in these unlawful practices and prohibit them from conducting any future business in Arizona.
The suit also asks the defendants to pay $10,000 for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, provide full restitution to all families who were defrauded and reimburse the State for investigation costs and legal fees.
Assistant Attorney General Taren Ellis is handling this case. A copy of the complaint, which was filed in Pima County Superior Court, is available on the Attorney General's Web site, www.azag.gov.
Consumers who feel they have been the victim of consumer fraud by Commonwealth or any Arizona businesses should contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office Consumer Information and Complaint division in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763 or toll-free outside of Maricopa or Pima County at (800) 352-8431.
No problems with CAII
My husband and I completed an adoption through CAIIs Guatemala program in May 2007, however we worked through another agency who used CAII for their country program. Although our adoption took longer than we had hoped, this was not the fault of CAII, it was the Guatemalan government. While we were in country our "associate" was wonderful and patient and we loved her. She even took us on a daytrip to Antigua. When we decided to do another adoption in April of this year, it only made sense to use CAII again. Although our caseworker's communication left a bit to be desired, they were great to work with again. In July we found out that I am pregnant, after sending them a check for nearly $7000. Once we contacted them they tore the check up and placed us on a hold status for 1 year. I am disappointed that we were not notified that anything was going on with the agency, but overall we have no complaints about CAII at all. I am not negating anyones experiences, only offering another point of view. I hope this sorts out for everyone though, we were prepared to lose the money we had already paid them and had not received a referral or match yet, so our situation is a bit different. Good luck to all the families fighting this!
Looking to sue Commonwealth also
I am in Phoenix, AZ and have received no new contact from Commonwealth about the status of my contract. I began the process in March of this year. I was originally told to hold off on filing my I600A because they were going through Hague cert review and that a new form was going to be used after the certification, the I800A. Then they didn't get approval but said all was fine and to continue as usual....that meant getting my money in by the contract deadlines. When they were denied approval on appeal (to a non-existent appeal board), they said that they were still hopeful. At this point I told them that they couldn't honor my contract for a Colombian adoption and that I wanted my money back and would be pursuing adoption through the US Foster Care system. I got an email from my case worker in July saying that they would give me back $2500. I called her and questioned this because they had $5000, of which $3000 was for dossier prep which was never done. I said to send the $2500 right away and that I would deal with the agency regarding the other $2500. When I tried to call the agency, the lines were disconnected. It was from an online blog that I learned that they had declared bankruptcy. My social worker heard from me before them on their status. I have only read that they are helping families who had filed I800A to find new agencies. I hope to join a lawsuit to recover the money that was taken from me with no services rendered. It is one of the worst ways to take advantage of someone....going through the painful, expensive adoption process.
I can be reached at: email@example.com
Below is a copy of corespondence I recieved from the Commonwealth agent. contact with the people she lists all say they don't cover us becuse it isn't submitted in writing. PROTECT YOURSELF and don't just call Liz Chamberlin. Submit your claim in writing to the agencies. 2 of the 3 said my claim isn't covered by their agency at all and I am waiting on a return call after several lmessages from the third. As nice as they start on the phone remember they are the @%$$#@'s filing in for the %@%#$ that stole our hopes, dreams and money.
Here are the assigned adjusters. Please contact them for further instructions. I will provide the contact information you have now provided this morning.
Kaye Campbell/ Admiral Insurance Company Phone 856-429-9200 x 343
Chad Zupke/Great American Insurance Company 847-330-6754
Cheryl Mawby/ United America Insurance Group -Phone 610-668-3381
Please let me know if you need anything else.
Compass Insurance Agency Inc - Mueller Division
Compass Insurance claims
Oh you are so welcome! As I mentioned before too, it is suggested that in addition to this (regardless if you've lost money or not)... that you join the lawsuit which is in the works. This may light a bit of a fire under their butts for some action.
If you'd like to contact me about that please do so!
PS~ According to Marina and Dawn they both say that CAII has gone out of business and that they will be shutting their doors permanently.
Filing an Insurance Claim
This is just to let you guys know that those of you who have lost money or feel that you want retribution of some sort for your particular circumstances involving CAII...you should file an insurance claim with the agencies insurance company. Please be advised that you NEED to file these claims ASAP as the agencies insurance policies are close to expiring and once they do...then you may not be able to make a claim!
Here is the information and person to contact:
Contact: Liz Chamberlain
Commonwealth nightmare in Brazil
**Moved by Jeff to correct agency** Original poster was Kevin.
I adopted 3 wonderful children from Brazil a year and 1/2 ago. I was Commonwealths first person in Brazil to complete an adoption. Commonwealth switched people on me about 1/2 through the process and I didn't hear from the for several weeks until I got rude and demanded to speak to Marina and find out what had happened. I was told that my case worker had quit and they hadn't found a replacement for her as of yet. Later came my replacement which was the most rude individual I have ever worked with. She made me feel like I was the biggest inconvenience when I called her to ask questions.
I was told by Commonwealth that there were several people in the Brazil program before me but I ended up being the first to go which still is puzzling to me.
I left on February 1st of 2007 after rushing to get all of my documents because my referral came and they wanted me in Brazil. My referal was for a boy and a girl ages 10 and 7. When I arrived in Brazil after flying for 10 hours I was greeted by the Brazilian case worker who told me immediately that my case had fallen apart days before and that the social worker on the case in Brazil was new and she was not co-operating at all. I was told that they made numerous calls to Commonwealth to try and prevent me from coming down until they could work through all of this but COmmonwelath told them they couldn't afford to do that because I was their first in the program. I was then rushed to a hotel where I took a shower and was told I was going to see my two children in an orphanage near by. Once there the social worker and the attorneys took me into a room where I met my new son and daughter or so I thought I the time. They didn't know who I was even though a month prior I had sent down a photo album filled with pictures of their new home and myself. I was told by Commonwealth prior to me leaving that the kids had looked at the album and were excited about having a family. The girl broke out into tears and ran and the boy was terrified. Then my attorney and the social worker got into a huge verbal battle in Portuguese while I sat there. After that I was told to visit with my son and daughter and let them show me their bedrooms and their school classes and maybe hand out the toys I had brought for the other kids. I did that and then was told it would be a good time to give the $1000.00 to the orphanage director. Then I left. After leaving the orphanage the attorney was taking me to my residence for what I though would be the next 30 days. He received a phone call telling him that the social worker says the kids are not ready for adoption. He then repeated see I knew you shouldn't have come down to Brazil right now. Basically within less than 24 hours my referral had fallen apart. I was then told to keep up appearances I would need to go back to the orphanage to spend time with the girl and the boy who I had grown fond of preparing for the adoption as we all do when we get those wonderful pictures. I spent another day with them and then I never saw them again. For the next week I stayed in Brazil hoping to get another referral. Many phone calls were made to Commonwealth by myself and my family members on the state side and they were told as I was you are in Brazil so we can't help you. It was then for the next week I waited to see if I was going to fly home and have to start all over or if Brazil would allow me another referral. I ended up staying 52 days in Brazil because of Commonwealths decision not to pull out at the last minute even though they were advised by their Brazilian Representatives. I did have a wonderful success in the fact I now have 3 wonderful children who I love dearly. There were many other hurdles thanks to Commonwealth and their lack of preparation. They had not given me all the documents I needed for the final adoption nor did they follow up on the change on my I-600 which thank goodness for the agency that did
nightmare in Brazil!
Hello, we did successfully complete our adoption with Commonwealth in July, 2008 and have our beautiful son home with us. HOWEVER! The experience in Brazil was horrendous! Commonwealth's in country staff was poorly equipped to handle all the nuances of adoption and the bureaucratic insanity. We were so poorly treated, bordering on abuse by the in country staff. It has taken my husband and I a good year to get over the trauma of those 6 weeks in Sao Paulo. I could go on and on and will at some point but I want to address the lawsuit. We refused to do our post adoption report when we returned home despite Commonwealth's constant efforts and threats. We spent countless hours writing emails to both Marina and Simone about the horrors of the Brazilian program. The information we received about our child (the social report) was false, filled with lies and withheld essential information regarding our son's emotional and psychological history and health, in particular. We are not owed any money from the agency, and therefore, we don't know if we are entitled to join the suit. However, the financial burden of taking care of our son's needs this past year is overwhelming (both physical and psychological) and this is due to the lack of correct information provided by Commonwealth and outright misrepresentation of our son's needs. We want to support those of you who were caught mid stream- do not even have your child and have lost so many thousands of dollars to Commonwealth. There were only 3 placements in the Brazilian program and the process for all of them was horrific. If the attorney feels it is appropriate for us to join the suit, we will! Please contact me should you like to discuss further.
We too were victimized by these crooks. I spoke to some Russian woman who refused to give me contact information for Dawn Hill. We are owed $1,000 but were told we would not get it. She is probably here illegally. I contacted Phoenix FBI but they were of no use. I would be happy to join any RICO suit. I live in DC so I plan to contact DHS, State, and anyone else who can help us or at least get Hill in jail and the Russian women sent back home.