Wide Horizon's for Children
These people are extremely unprofessional especially when you are in a crisis situation. I am a birth mother who was promised counselling when it was needed. I get nothing but questioned on why I would want something. I can go on forever about this company but if you are looking into placing a baby up for adoption, which is probably the hardest thing a mother can do, do NOT go through them. They will not return phone calls when your desperate for someone to talk to ( Mary Fournier) and when you would like to speak to someone higher up, Mary Ann Ludwig, will refuse to answer and as you are leaving her multiple messages she will return your phone call. This is only about the people who are giving this place money for adopting and you are a nobody in the eyes of them. DO NOT consider this place if I could rate this place a negative 100 I would. They are horrible people.
Would Do it Again!
We adopted three children through Wide Horizons for Children and had wonderful experiences each time or we wouldn't have kept using this agency. Our third child was a waiting child with a medical condition ( heart disease) who we chose to adopt at the age of two. It was challenging working through several undiagnosed medical issues that hadn't shown up yet but they wouldn't have shown up anyway until he began to develop age wise. We wouldn't change anything about our son. He is a joy and we love him immensely! I know it is heartbreaking to bring home a child that has unexpected health issues but it was always clearly explained that there were no guarantees with any child you adopt as you are at the mercy of medical diagnosis from foreign doctors. The hardest to deal with are undiagnosed mentally handicapped children. My heart goes out to those parents. Some countries give you very limited medical info and you can't blame the agency here for information that is kept from them from another country and some medical issues can't be diagnosed until a child ages no matter what. Choose your country of adoption carefully and do your homework. There are no guarantees in life and the same goes if you give natural birth to your own child. If I was younger we would have used Wide Horizons again and adopted a fourth!
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!
We adopted four children through WHFC and we refer them to everyone and anyone that asks which agency we chose.
The staff here in the U.S as well as overseas were wonderful. We had no surprises, they held our hand the entire way. We love all of the staff and consider them a part of our family!
I read several of the reviews here, and I am bothered by reading family stories that the agency "lied" to them regarding the health/development of a child. ALL children have the POTENTIAL for "normal" health and development, just like a child BORN to them. If you are experiencing hardships with your children, such as I do with two of them, do not BLAME anyone...... get the child(ren) and yourself the help you need and love them unconditionally as if you birthed them! There are NEVER any guarantees in life!
I wish we would have known...
We are distrought over our son. He is bordeline mentally handicapped and is violent.
WHFC took our money and offered no support.
Beware of older children
We used WHFC. We adopted an 8 year old from an Asian country 6 years ago and he was arrested for punching my wife in the face. She suffered a severe cut and two black eyes right after the hoilidays. He has serious learning and emotional issues. We were never told that he is bordeline mentally handicapped.
This place should be shut down. Stay away.
Wide Horizons for Children
I cannot say enough about Wide Horizons for Children! The help, support and service they provided from the very beginning and throughout the entire process was fantastic. I adopted my son from Guatemala during a time of great uncertainty and I am sure that had it not been for the professionalism of their team here, and on the ground in Guatemala City, the adoption would not have happened.
They also have a child sponsorship and humanitarian aid program that is doing wonderful work in Guatemala and other countries to support orphans and families in need.
Adoption is a complicated process and I felt that they were very direct and clear as to all of the possible outcomes. They provided no guarantees as so much of the process is not within their control but did their very best to provide service and make it happen. I would highly recommend them.
Very caring, very ethical
We adopted twice through WHFC's program in eastern europe. Their staff was empathetic, concerned and supportive though the entire process. We are extremely grateful for their support.
Highly Ethical, Very Supportive
We completed two adoptions through Wide Horizons from Eastern Europe and had great support both times. Their staff made sure we knew what was going to happen each step of the way and the in-country support was terrific. We always felt safe and well cared for.
Like many families, our experience took a few minor twists and turns along the way. The wait for our second child was longer than the first, but this was beyond the agency's control. No matter how anxious we became while waiting, we were always able to get a straight story from the agency about what was happening overseas.
We will always be grateful to Wide Horizons for all of their support.
Wide Horizons For Children
Wide Horizons for Children is unethical and extremely incompetent. 13 years ago, my husband and I were lulled into a false sense of security by this agency and decided to adopt a child with their 'assistance'. The Wide Horizon's social worker assigned to our case asked us to accept a referral 'healthy 6 month old girl, ready to be adopted immediately' in Ecuador. We of course, were thrilled. However, the process was a nightmare, in which Wide Horizons was negligent and caused us severe emotional distress. Even though we had accepted the referral and were asked to pay medical fees for our child, WHFC sent a newsletter out advertising our child as 'available for adoption immediately'. In response to our concern, Vicki Peterson, the Director WHFC, coldly told us that there was no guarantee that we would become a family. We finally travelled to complete our adoption after 11 months of insane complications due to the agency's lack of competence. Wide Horizons offered no agency support to us while in Ecuador and they did not even provide an English translator. We were in the country for 4 weeks (2 more than WHFC told us to expect) because we had to navigate the judicial process independently without agency representation.
Upon our arrival at the orphanage, a caregiver told us that our child had been hospitalized for 6 months with severe malnutrition and almost died. Our 'healthy' child appeared to have severe developmental delays. Wide Horizons staff responded to our concern with 'many of our children appear delayed at first, you'll be amazed at how quickly she catches up'. Our child is now 15 years old and has been diagnosed with moderate mental retardation. Wide Horizons offers stipends for families who voluntarily adopt children with special needs but they offer NOTHING for families who are duped into the situation by them.
We used WHFC and found them to be sicky sweet until they received almost all of our money. THEN, less than one week before we travelled, our "sicky sweet" meeting turned into a nasty one whereby they lied to us to get us into their office and then blindsided us with questions like "Are you asking questions about our agency on online forums because you have to TRUST us...". It was very strange and upsetting. It was much like an interrogation! Then, in country, they called us wee hours of the morning when we turned down our first referral (which our hired medical doctor told us was the thing HE would do - and WHFC TOLD us he was a great medical doctor to hire - so what gives?), flaming us and trying to talk us INTO accepting an unhealthy or at the very least questionable history. We told them we did not want a seriously ill or majorly special needs child and they told us in the states more than once to NOT accept a referral we were not 100% comfortable with! But since turning down this uncomfortable referral ruffled feathers in country, thousands of miles away from home, surrounded by angry officials...(you know the rest of the story).
I would not, could not, recommend WHFC. They left us hanging completely in between trips, also. Communication was horrid. Had it not been for ONE girl in the office who took pity, we'd not have our precious daughter home with us today. And wouldn't you know, that one girl does not work there any longer.
RUN from WHFC, I say. Maybe things have changed since then. I hear they at LEAST have post-adoption services. They were, back then, ONLY all about the money. NOT the child or family!!! It's a big sicky sweet scam (or was back then). I'm still bitter about what they put us through...but I do not discuss this with our daughter (our SECOND referral, btw, who is very healthy, by and large, no thanks to WHFC. Any post-adoption support I got I sought out myself. They were useless!) How they live with themselves is beyond me.