My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Americans For African Adoptions, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA
I was drawn to AFAA because of the way in which it started. For one woman to see a need and work on solving it--That was pure brilliance in my opinion. I adopted my son from Ethiopia in 2005. The process was long and difficult and ever changing and frustrating, especially since I knew of him in 2003. But...My son was well cared for and loved during the time he was in AFAA's orphanage. He ate, learned skills, and had lots of playmates. The workers who cared for him daily, lived with him and created a loving environment for him. I believe that made all the difference in who he is today and aided strongly in his successful transition to America and blending into our family. While the adoption process itself was ever changing, bureaucratic, and maybe even not that forthright, the thing that make it tolerable, was that my son was safe, loved, and cared for. He bonded with the workers and had a family while there. The wonderful care he received helped build a foundation for him be a loving, attached, empathetic person. Not to mention the fact that he has always been able to fit in with a wide variety of children age wise and he has excellent immunity! My son's paperwork allegedly went to the court system 3 times, only to be "missing" something each time. Is that because the judge changed what they wanted, the AFAA social worker didn't have her act together, or for some other reason? No one will ever know. What I do know is I have my son and I couldn't be happier with that outcome! Thank you AFAA for bringing my boy home!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Hope for Cheryl to understand that to people using AFAA to get their forever families, they do not feel comfortable with trusting such an important life changing event to an agency that on one hand, comes off very capable, knowledgeable, and organized, but on the other hand handles some things more like a "mom and pop" fly by night place. I think that the mixed impressions does a huge disservice to the agency, but most importantly, the children.
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