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August 9, 2010

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August 9, 2010

Our family initiated the process to adopt a child through AFAA in August, 2007. At that time, we entered AFAA's Ethiopian program. We were provided a time frame of 18-24 months for completion of the adoption. The Executive Director of AFAA subsequently contacted our family at the beginning of 2008 and encouraged us to enter AFAA's Uganda program. At that time, she provided a time frame of 9-12 months to complete the adoption. As we continued to make monthly payments to AFAA without any evidence of progress, we began to question whether the alleged activities were truly occurring. We were reassured on multiple occasions by the Executive Director that our case was progressing in Uganda. In the spring of 2010, we began to ask more frequent questions about the obvious lack of progress in our case. We were again reassured that all was well in Uganda and urged to keep sending money. We began to press harder with our questions. The Executive Director then informed us that the Ugandan lawyer had quit because we were asking questions. In the summer of 2010, members of fellow adoptive families traveled to Uganda to investigate the situation. None of the required work regarding our cases had been completed. The lawyer stated that he had not been paid per his agreement with AFAA. At our insistence, payment was finally made, and court dates were granted for our case. We traveled to Uganda in September 2009 to find the situation in utter chaos. Our case was held at the US Embassy pending investigation. This USCIS investigation lasted approximately six months. Following the investigation, USCIS denied our prospective adoptive son's visa based on AFAA "knowingly and admittedly" committing fraud in preparing the paperwork for our child. The boy that had been referred to us was not an orphan. AFAA and/or its representatives had prepared false documentation to make it appear as though this child's biological parents were deceased. To our knowledge, judgment has been granted to two similarly situated families in South Dakota and Michigan in suits against AFAA alleging fraud and breach of contract. Our family will be filing suit in the near future, as AFAA's actions have led us to expend approximately $40,000 in pursuit of a fraudulent international adoption.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Tortious and possibly criminal acts committed against adoptive families and children.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Cheryl's work at AFAA goes far beyond adoption. She advocates for the older children, disabled children. She is a humanitarian who has sponsored children, helped with school fees, college tuition, medical needs. She works long and tireless hours for very little compensation. In fact, she keeps her fees so low so that many who might not otherwise be able to adopt, can afford to. She loves each one of these children and she treats each child as if that child is the most special child in the world to her. Cheryl is a loving, caring and honest person to work with, and I am proud to say I have known her and to have seen the work that she does.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen the work that Cheryl has done in Liberia, and continues to do. She provides ethical adoptions, but also cares deeply about her workers in Liberia and their needs and works very hard to make sure that all the children's needs are met

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would ask Cheryl to raise her adoption fees. She expects very little for herself and lives day to day with very little. Her main concern is for the children of Africa.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I have enjoyed most about AFAA is the adoption experience I have had in getting to know my two 15-year-old daughters from Liberia. Cheryl has always supported me and has offered guidance to me every step of the way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cheryl's staff is efficient and hardworking The foster mothers in Liberia are kind, loving people who genuinely care for the children in their care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve the lives of so many children in Africa. Cheryl would work to provide clean water, education and healthy food to so many.

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My experience could not have been any better than it was, and still is.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of consistent funding to do more work in Africa.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I truly admire Cheryl Carter-Shotts for her fearless, neverending devotion to the children of Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

After years of battling infertility and waiting for a domestic adoption to come our way, we decided to look into international adoption. We did our research and found Americans for African Adoptions. I'm so glad we did. AFAA really cares for the orphans and deprived of the countries they work in, and find families for children, not children for families. That is an important distinction for adoption agencies, and the dedication and from-the-heart caring AFAA provides is greatly appreciated. Cheryl is a tireless worker and always puts the children first. Her life is these kids, and her passion shows through.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...my two youngest children. After coming through a civil war and separation from their family, they are healthy, happy, loved, and loving members of our family. We report to AFAA and the government of Liberia often on their status. Our family is complete

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...work on organization and communication.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the result. International adoption is a difficult, rough road, and AFAA had the experience and dedication to bring our family together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...friendly, dedicated, and very very busy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...build and expand the shelter, education, and services needed to care for the children under their charge.

Ways to make it better...

...communication was more normalized. No new information is "normal" with African adoptions, but even a message saying "no new information" would be helpful. Adoption is like a pregnancy, minus the 9 month time-line.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...staffing. Overseas staffing is difficult, both in quantity and quality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

May 22, 2010

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May 22, 2010

Cheryl and AFAA are the best! Without her we would not be a family. We adopted a son and a daughter from Ethiopia in 1991. They are now 22 and 26. The experience was so wonderful we went back in 1995 and adopted a one year old who is now 15. I can't imagine life without them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of my children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to increase their budget so they could help create more families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know Cheryl and of course my kids!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and considerate.

Ways to make it better...

I cannot imagine a better experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial and find reputable help in foreign countries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

The founder and managing director of American for African Adoptions, Cheryl Carter-Shotts, is an amazing woman. She has worked in African adoption since 1986. She has consistently advocated for African children and has consistently fought for the most vulnerable among them. She cares deeply about these children. She has herself adopted two children from Africa and has extensive experience traveling in the continent. Throughout our own adoption process, we were told immediately of any new developments. Our children have been home for a number of years now. We have kept in touch and continue to admire the work Cheryl Carter-Shotts is doing on behalf of some of the most vulnerable children on the African continent.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I would love to see this organization considered for the Women's Empowerment contest. Although AFAA serves children (both girls and boys), Cheryl Carter-Shotts has served many girls who would not be alive today if it had not been for her work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide AFAA with the luxury of an administrative assistant and with the funds to provide health insurance. The organization functions well with very, very little, in order to maximize the funds allocated to the welfare of children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the very strong dedication of its founder and managing director. Cheryl has enormous dedication to Africa's most vulnerable children and has sustained this for over 25 years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much more for vulnerable African children.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

A small amount of money should go to salaries and health insurance for the managing director and the few employees she has in the US. This organization truly allocates as much as possible to its cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

My wife and I have talked about adopting for a long time but did not know if we could afford the process. However, AFAA is making it possible for us since it charges minimal fees to allow more families to pursue adoptions. Its founder and managing director, Cheryl, is deeply vested in each adoption and has personally adopted two children from Africa. She has an amazing desire to serve families out of concern for children and love for adoptions. We're thankful for her and AFAA!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

allowing us to adopt a boy from Africa. AFAA is very efficient with its resources and keeps its fees low to allow more families the opportunity to adopt.

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Ways to make it better...

I'm not sure how it could be better without involving more resources, which would increase its fees. I'm not sure if we could even afford adoption right now if it wasn't for AFAA.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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