I highly recommend Hopscotch Adoptions! This organization is filled with very professional individuals who care about you as a person, the child being adopted, and the entire process. I experienced efficient follow up, guidance on 'next steps', concern for the things I was concerned about, and continue to have a relationship with them - my adoption was completed in May 2011.
Cannot say enough positive things about this non-profit! If you are considering adoption, absolutely look into this organization - you will be so grateful!
I adopted my daughter in 2011 from Armenia. Hopscotch walked with me through the entire process!! I am so grateful to them for their concern & care of each detail. I would highly recommend them to anyone desiring to any of the countries they represent! You will not be disappointed:)
Excellent experience from start to finish and even post-adoption. The Hopscotch team will take care of you every step of the way and the in-country team is fabulous. Caring, compassionate, professional and ethical team. If you are considering International Adoption in the regions they serve, go with Hopscotch. You will not regret your decision.
I highly recommend Robin and her team at Hopscotch. They will hold your hand if you want or allow you to navigate through the process. Day, night and across time zones Hopscotch will answer your questions (even during the times I thought my questions were silly or small). They are always open to suggestions and recommendations.
We have used Hopscotch twice for our miracles and when we are ready for a third we will certainly be calling Robin! -Erin
Dear Readers, I have been a client with Hopscotch Adoptions twice and now a volunteer. I have nothing but the highest praise for Robin and her team at Hopscotch. International adoptions are difficult to navigate and without their services and in-country representatives we would have been lost. We are eternally grateful from our two greatest gifts from God! Without being led to Robin they would not be here with us now. As far as statements made by the last person to post here; APeach, from Georgia I am assuming, I have never met you and don't know your experience. We are from Richmond, Virginia and have found this NC agency to be following all requirements set forth by a non-profit agency without any corrupt practices. Working for a non-profit as a teacher I am very well versed in the laws of what is required of the US government for both children and 501c3's. "If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it." -Mother Teresa Be blessed in finding your love and in helping others. -Yours with warmest regards, Erin
Well of course I'm a bit biased, being a co-founder and board member, but I can't say enough great things about Hopscotch Adoptions. I adopted my daughter 9 years ago as a client of Robin Sizemore's at another agency, so understand what counts most when going through the process: excellent communications, integrity and wise counsel. The team at Hopscotch gives clients all that and more. I couldn't be prouder of the agency, the services it offers and the amazing work they do, every day.
We used Hopscotch and brought our child home in 2011. All along I did not feel the communications were what they should be. There would be gaps between that I would have liked a "we are still thinking of you as we await your referral". As time went on, we would often question things and receive answers that were not comfortable (very defensive, telling us we should not be inquiring as it will hurt future adoptions, etc). It seemed if you question things, instead of finding out the real answers, they don't want to step on toes of the in country contact. They would change the subject, not answer, or give you an answer you knew might not be exactly truthful. OR, just basically tell you to stop questioning. With all the internet communication these days, it's not hard to find people outside of the agency within country to help you figure things out. I understand they want a smooth uneventful process and you have to be careful with who you contact, etc., but when we talked with other Hopscotch families, we found we all had similar dealings. Many that had already adopted were trusted resources and so when the company gets defensive, it's really sad. We just wanted a completely ethical adoption and so when things come up we wanted them to feel the same way and question in country so the answers could be as honest as possible. Even in country we had to figure some things out ourselves, and we were left to get a cab everywhere even though we paid for a daily driver. More questions than answers as we talked with people.
Don't get me wrong, they are nice people working there, but I just think they are afraid to really find out the truth on some things and are scared at loosing a connection within country. To us, it was more about the money--staying in business and not threatening their contact/contacts than about the child. We did have a "successful" adoption (if you count paperwork) but there are lots of questions left behind. I think people like to get their child and look the other way. I certainly can't explain all the positive stars other than yes, you can adopt a child through them.
I love recommending Hopscotch. Committed, warm, ethical and bright describe the Hopscotch staff. To decide which program to pursue, we spend months researching and interviewing people. Hopscotch and Armenia were at the top. We had the kind of experience every family should have: full and proper education, complete support through the process, a willingness and ability to answer tough questions and in-country resources. We adopted our daughter and she is a treasure, a dream come true in every sense. There are so many kids waiting with minor SN and so many U.S. parents to love them-- Hopscotch is a program where children come first, families become friends and the team is amazing. Choose them.
The first time I talked to Robin was a 2 hour phone conversation. I was alternately thrilled and terrified about the prospect of international adoption, and she was above all else, honest. She is an educator, a sounding board, a resource and a friend... she does what she does for the children, and it shows. To call Hopscotch a breed apart doesn't begin to cover it. Our hearts opened to the prospect of a special needs adoption through Hopscotch's advocacy for children who have no prospects in their country of origin. Today, with our child home, we can't bear to look back and think of what would have happened had we taken a different road. Our daughter is the sun and the moon and the stars (just ask her brother) and testimony to the power of all that is possible with love, patience and the help of an amazing adoption agency. Hopscotch? You've found your great nonprofit winner.
It has been almost 6 years since we brought our precious son home from Armenia. Since other family members had also adopted with the assistance of Robin and her team, we knew from the moment we made the decision to adopt that Hopscotch was our agency. From start to finish, Robin and her team were professional, realistic and honest about what we were to expect along the way. The team in Armenia was amazing and the end result is that our son came home to his forever family. It is clear that Hopscotch's only priority is the children and you can feel their love and encouragement every step of the way.
My husband and I adopted our two children in 2009, with the guidance of Robin and her staff. We had been through so much -- my breast cancer, infertility workups, miscarriages -- that we wondered if we were capable of more stress. And adopting internationally is not without stress! But Robin listened to our fears. She was completely direct. She didn't sugarcoat our challenges. So when Robin took us on as clients, we knew that we were in capable hands.
After we brought home our babies, I became a volunteer helping other families to adopt. Most adoptive parents love their agency, but I'm struck by the loyalty that Robin and her staff inspire. We are blessed to have stumbled upon her, but most prospective parents carefully research agencies before beginning the process. That research, plus an incredibly effective, loving staff, combine to create adopting families that recommend Hopscotch with zeal.
That said, not everyone can adopt internationally. And no one agency is appropriate for everyone's circumstances. I feel confident that Robin will tell you if Hopscotch is not a good match for you. Her goal is to create "forever families" -- seriously! If she accepts you as a client, you will bring home the child who is destined to be yours.
About a year ago, my son asked me if we still would have adopted him, if we had had a biological child. That's the million-dollar question, isn't it? I said that I'm sure that, regardless of the details, God would have found a way to bring us together. After all, he IS our son!
We adopted our son from Armenia 5 years ago. Robin's team has been amazing, far exceeded my expectations. Our son is joy of our lives and we owe this to God and Hopscotch.
We are currently in the process of two international adoptions, both through Hopscotch Adoptions. I have to admit I was nervous and skeptical about choosing an adoption agency after reading review after review about agencies that don't respond and fail to get things taken care of for their clients. While both of our adoptions are still in progress, I can happily inform other prospective families that Hopscotch has been WoNdErFuL to work with. They ALWAYS respond to my emails (usually the same day), they ALWAYS meet our needs, they have truly gone above and beyond to insure that our adoption journey goes as smoothly as possible. We recently traveled to Bulgaria to meet one of our daughters and we had major flight delays and cancellations - we had cell phone numbers/home numbers and emails to contact people at Hopscotch when necessary (the in-country agency they work with also took good care of us while we were there). The wonderful women at Hopscotch have been with us every step of the way and I am fully confident with their abilities to complete our adoptions. If we adopt again in the future, we will definitely use Hopscotch.