We are using ATWA on our second adoption with Colombia. So far they have been great to work with. They translated our dossier in less than a week and our in country attorney is very responsive. We have not yet received a referall so I hope all continues as well when in country.
I would definitely recommend this agency and have done so already.
Across the World Adoptions has been through many changes over the years, they have had turnover of staff. Moved, dropped many countries (or the countries have closed) about the only viable country they have is Japan which is a non Hague independant adoption. The director Lesley has gone through many changes and face lifts, bypass operations as well. She actually now speaks to clients instead of hiding away passing judgment on people she doesn't know. Their financial business has dropped off about 70%, and her old staff has their own adoption agency about 1 mile away.
Another Japanese Adoption that went OK, I am Japanese and resent the caucausians that are buying referrals from Mommas and Papas. Yaz is great though. The work was done by 2 people who are now at another adoption agency, running a very successful Japanese Adoption program. Across The World Adoptions has moved and downgraded their customer services.
Our Japanese Adoption was a mixed review. There was non returned phone calls and missing paperwork. Throughout this disorganization my husband and I never gave up. My husband is Caucasian, we had been married barely 3 years with a strong financial portfolio. The birthmother "selected us" I am not sure why or who or whom our money was paid to in the country. Japanese adoptions are not inexpensive nor short. Cara and Shonin have left Across the World Adoptions and started an awesome Japanese program at Partners for Adoption. With barely 30 adoptions from Japan to the USA, it is best to travel ahead of time to get a feel for if this is for you. We love our child and have thought about adopting again through Partners for Adoption
If adopting from Russia beware, this adoption agency is on the list from the Russian MOE, that they have not completed post placement studies. About the only thing this agency has going for it is very pricy niche open adoptions from Japan. Where the Japanese bio mother selects her child's parents from portfolio$. Just lost 2 employees to another adoption agency. Not a good sign. Not a very transparent organization. Executive director has some issues with being up front. Unfortunately has had some "wrongful adoption lawsuits" Not too professional, agency should use LICENSED Clincial Social Workers not a bunch of college graduates working under the agency license. Should show more transparency with parents and not play games behind people's backs or with their lives. Try being honest and upfront.