Category: Ethiopian Adoption Story
Created on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 10:58
A story today in the Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail outlining the closing of an adoption agency should make American families looking to adopt internationally ask if the adoption agency they are utilizing is facing similar problems.
The Globe And Mail story focuses on Hope Adoption Services announcement that they would be closing their doors soon. In Hope’s January 5 letter announcing the closure they sited their inability to meet their financial requirements as the reason for the decision to stop operating. For Americans the following two paragraphs should make us all think about the agencies we are using here in the USA:
“Developments abroad, including poor countries clamping down on what can be problematic adoptions, can affect the cost and time for would-be adoptive parents. Such developments can also affect the finances of adoption agencies, which typically run as non-profits and rely on client fees to break even.
In a Jan. 9 letter to clients, Manitoba-based CAFAC, which got its start co-ordinating adoptions from Ethiopia, said is facing “significant financial challenges” and would be introducing a $1,000 annual file maintenance fee to help offset a drop in referrals – children to match with prospective parents.”
If the Canadian based agencies are facing financial problems due to countries clamping down on international adoptions, is it too farfetched to believe that U.S. based agencies are facing similar problems?
This story should make anyone going through an international adoption to inquire with their agency about their financial health. Families should also know what would happen to any their adoption application/process if the agency they are utilizing ceases to operate. In addition what would happen to the money they have spent to date and what other agency could/would pick up the representation of the family in the nation they are adopting from? These are very legitimate questions that every family has a right to have an answer to.
To read the entire The Globe And Mail story just click on the link.