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Review for Americans For African Adoptions, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA
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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