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

Rating: 5 stars  

Ok people, I am really getting tired of all the negative internet reviews for Cheryl Carter-Schotts and the organization she heads called Americans for African Adoption. I have known Cheryl for 25 years. SHE IS THE MOST HONEST, TIRELESS, CARING, DILIGENT PERSON I KNOW WORKING TO SAVE ORPHANS THRU ADOPTIONS IN AFRICA. SHE IS ALSO TOUGH, VERY TOUGH AND HAS TO BE BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY AS TIME HAS GONE ON WITH AFRICAN ADOPTION, DISHONEST PARTIES (ADULTS) HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO SCAM PEOPLE FOR THERE OWN SELF INTEREST.. I am a Veterinarian. I adopted two sons from Ethiopia, a 15 month old boy and an 8 year old boy. This is before the adoption program ended in Ethiopia after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt paid millions for their daughter Zahara and the government and other adults their realized they could make millions selling Ethiopian Children. Cheryl ended the program because of this dishonesty and selfishness. I also have a Daughter from Sierra Leone who would be dead if it weren't for Cheryl and her tireless efforts to save her and 18 other children caught up in the horrible civil war that occurred there. (watch the blood diamonds movie). we paid to care for our daughter in a foster home there for 20 months when the government was overthrown in a violent coupe. The children and their caretaker had to leave the foster home and go to the grounds of a hotel to flee the rebels that were hacking people up with machetes. All the paperwork was destroyed and the government officials had gone into exile. Our state department was trying to block getting the kids out. Cheryl found a way (President Clinton helped) and had the children evacuated by navy marine helicopters onto an aircraft carrier and placed in a foster home in Guinea until Cheryl could get humanitarian parole visas for the kids. This took months and we had to be patient but we got our daughter and she is attending Wright State University majoring in Nursing. THOSE CHILDREN WOULD BE DEAD IF IT WAS ANY OTHER AGENCY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS: IN GENERAL, CHILDREN ARE CONSIDERED A COMMODITY IN AFRICA BY THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND CROOKS LOOK FOR ANY WAY TO MAKE MONEY OFF RICH AMERICANS. THE UGANDA ADOPTION PROGRAM (AND CHERYL) WERE VICTIMIZED IN THIS WAY. SO STOP WHINING, IT IS THE CHILDREN WHO ARE REALLY SUFFERING, NOT LAZY FAT RICH AMERICANS.

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

Watching my three children grow up to be healthy, bright, productive adults

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


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


Ways to make it better...

There hadn't been a civil war in Sierra Leone delaying getting our daughter out. BUT THAT IS NOT CHERYL'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!

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


How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Role:  Client Served & Adopted 3 children from AFAA 2 sons from ethiopia, a daughter from Sierra Leone.