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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc. (“Hopscotch”) is a not for profit, international adoption agency authorized in New York and licensed in North Carolina as a child-placement agency. Hopscotch is dedicated to helping children in need of families, through both humanitarian efforts and through adoption into permanent, loving homes. Hopscotch was accredited by the Council on Accreditation as a Hague Accredited agency in February 2008, and thus follows both U.S. and Hague Convention policies and regulations regarding international adoption. The fundamental belief of Hopscotch is that each child has the right to a lifelong, loving family. We recognize and support efforts that can allow children to safely remain in their original families and, where this is not possible, to be adopted in their countries of birth. When these options are not available, however, we believe that children should be placed internationally with adoptive parents who can provide a nurturing and stable permanent family. Sometimes, sadly, children do not meet the legal standards for international adoption and are subject to institutional life. In these cases, Hopscotch supports their needs through directed humanitarian assistance that improves their quality of life. It is these children and these adoptive parents that Hopscotch serves. For parents who are interested in adopting a child through Hopscotch, we are a comprehensive and caring guide through what is, under even the best of circumstances, a challenging and stressful process. We facilitate the adoption of infants and toddlers, as well as older children and children with special needs (often easily correctable here in the US). Currently, Hopscotch specializes in adoptions from the Republics of Armenia and Georgia with new but highly experienced programs in Bulgaria, Ghana and Morocco. Hopscotch is committed to working closely with prospective adoptive families starting from the first telephone call or email. Hopscotch provides personal assistance to families with paperwork and other demonstrations of compliance for the sending country, through preparation to become an adoptive parent, to international legal work in country and travel to meet your child, and then post adoption support when you come home. Hopscotch’s leadership teams in the U.S., Armenia, Georgia, and now, Bulgaria, Ghana and Morocco have had many years of successful experience with international adoption. We have strong working relationships with in-country governments, and with the US embassies and consulates. This experience and these relationships allow us to help our families navigate through the expected and most importantly, the unexpected, steps in adopting a child internationally. For children who remain in orphanages in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ghana and Morocco as well as other countries where we work, Hopscotch is active in spearheading projects which strive to improve both the physical environments of the institutions where children are being cared for and the physical and emotional health for these children without families. We believe in the virtuous circle of adoption and humanitarian aid, and we are grateful to our families for their continual dedication to the children of the countries where we serve.

Target demographics: 25-55, married or single families, of moderate income, interested in world events, open to possibilities, mature, stable and prepared to parent.

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ghana and Morocco

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Hopscotch Adoptions! This organization is filled with very professional individuals who care about you as a person, the child being adopted, and the entire process. I experienced efficient follow up, guidance on 'next steps', concern for the things I was concerned about, and continue to have a relationship with them - my adoption was completed in May 2011.
Cannot say enough positive things about this non-profit! If you are considering adoption, absolutely look into this organization - you will be so grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my daughter in 2011 from Armenia. Hopscotch walked with me through the entire process!! I am so grateful to them for their concern & care of each detail. I would highly recommend them to anyone desiring to any of the countries they represent! You will not be disappointed:)

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CaliKelly

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent experience from start to finish and even post-adoption. The Hopscotch team will take care of you every step of the way and the in-country team is fabulous. Caring, compassionate, professional and ethical team. If you are considering International Adoption in the regions they serve, go with Hopscotch. You will not regret your decision.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Robin and her team at Hopscotch. They will hold your hand if you want or allow you to navigate through the process. Day, night and across time zones Hopscotch will answer your questions (even during the times I thought my questions were silly or small). They are always open to suggestions and recommendations.
We have used Hopscotch twice for our miracles and when we are ready for a third we will certainly be calling Robin! -Erin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dear Readers, I have been a client with Hopscotch Adoptions twice and now a volunteer. I have nothing but the highest praise for Robin and her team at Hopscotch. International adoptions are difficult to navigate and without their services and in-country representatives we would have been lost. We are eternally grateful from our two greatest gifts from God! Without being led to Robin they would not be here with us now. As far as statements made by the last person to post here; APeach, from Georgia I am assuming, I have never met you and don't know your experience. We are from Richmond, Virginia and have found this NC agency to be following all requirements set forth by a non-profit agency without any corrupt practices. Working for a non-profit as a teacher I am very well versed in the laws of what is required of the US government for both children and 501c3's. "If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it." -Mother Teresa Be blessed in finding your love and in helping others. -Yours with warmest regards, Erin

Board Member

Rating: 5

Well of course I'm a bit biased, being a co-founder and board member, but I can't say enough great things about Hopscotch Adoptions. I adopted my daughter 9 years ago as a client of Robin Sizemore's at another agency, so understand what counts most when going through the process: excellent communications, integrity and wise counsel. The team at Hopscotch gives clients all that and more. I couldn't be prouder of the agency, the services it offers and the amazing work they do, every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

We used Hopscotch and brought our child home in 2011. All along I did not feel the communications were what they should be. There would be gaps between that I would have liked a "we are still thinking of you as we await your referral". As time went on, we would often question things and receive answers that were not comfortable (very defensive, telling us we should not be inquiring as it will hurt future adoptions, etc). It seemed if you question things, instead of finding out the real answers, they don't want to step on toes of the in country contact. They would change the subject, not answer, or give you an answer you knew might not be exactly truthful. OR, just basically tell you to stop questioning. With all the internet communication these days, it's not hard to find people outside of the agency within country to help you figure things out. I understand they want a smooth uneventful process and you have to be careful with who you contact, etc., but when we talked with other Hopscotch families, we found we all had similar dealings. Many that had already adopted were trusted resources and so when the company gets defensive, it's really sad. We just wanted a completely ethical adoption and so when things come up we wanted them to feel the same way and question in country so the answers could be as honest as possible. Even in country we had to figure some things out ourselves, and we were left to get a cab everywhere even though we paid for a daily driver. More questions than answers as we talked with people.
Don't get me wrong, they are nice people working there, but I just think they are afraid to really find out the truth on some things and are scared at loosing a connection within country. To us, it was more about the money--staying in business and not threatening their contact/contacts than about the child. We did have a "successful" adoption (if you count paperwork) but there are lots of questions left behind. I think people like to get their child and look the other way. I certainly can't explain all the positive stars other than yes, you can adopt a child through them.

Elizabeth90

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love recommending Hopscotch. Committed, warm, ethical and bright describe the Hopscotch staff. To decide which program to pursue, we spend months researching and interviewing people. Hopscotch and Armenia were at the top. We had the kind of experience every family should have: full and proper education, complete support through the process, a willingness and ability to answer tough questions and in-country resources. We adopted our daughter and she is a treasure, a dream come true in every sense. There are so many kids waiting with minor SN and so many U.S. parents to love them-- Hopscotch is a program where children come first, families become friends and the team is amazing. Choose them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I talked to Robin was a 2 hour phone conversation. I was alternately thrilled and terrified about the prospect of international adoption, and she was above all else, honest. She is an educator, a sounding board, a resource and a friend... she does what she does for the children, and it shows. To call Hopscotch a breed apart doesn't begin to cover it. Our hearts opened to the prospect of a special needs adoption through Hopscotch's advocacy for children who have no prospects in their country of origin. Today, with our child home, we can't bear to look back and think of what would have happened had we taken a different road. Our daughter is the sun and the moon and the stars (just ask her brother) and testimony to the power of all that is possible with love, patience and the help of an amazing adoption agency. Hopscotch? You've found your great nonprofit winner.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been almost 6 years since we brought our precious son home from Armenia. Since other family members had also adopted with the assistance of Robin and her team, we knew from the moment we made the decision to adopt that Hopscotch was our agency. From start to finish, Robin and her team were professional, realistic and honest about what we were to expect along the way. The team in Armenia was amazing and the end result is that our son came home to his forever family. It is clear that Hopscotch's only priority is the children and you can feel their love and encouragement every step of the way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our two children in 2009, with the guidance of Robin and her staff. We had been through so much -- my breast cancer, infertility workups, miscarriages -- that we wondered if we were capable of more stress. And adopting internationally is not without stress! But Robin listened to our fears. She was completely direct. She didn't sugarcoat our challenges. So when Robin took us on as clients, we knew that we were in capable hands.
After we brought home our babies, I became a volunteer helping other families to adopt. Most adoptive parents love their agency, but I'm struck by the loyalty that Robin and her staff inspire. We are blessed to have stumbled upon her, but most prospective parents carefully research agencies before beginning the process. That research, plus an incredibly effective, loving staff, combine to create adopting families that recommend Hopscotch with zeal.
That said, not everyone can adopt internationally. And no one agency is appropriate for everyone's circumstances. I feel confident that Robin will tell you if Hopscotch is not a good match for you. Her goal is to create "forever families" -- seriously! If she accepts you as a client, you will bring home the child who is destined to be yours.
About a year ago, my son asked me if we still would have adopted him, if we had had a biological child. That's the million-dollar question, isn't it? I said that I'm sure that, regardless of the details, God would have found a way to bring us together. After all, he IS our son!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our son from Armenia 5 years ago. Robin's team has been amazing, far exceeded my expectations. Our son is joy of our lives and we owe this to God and Hopscotch.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are currently in the process of two international adoptions, both through Hopscotch Adoptions. I have to admit I was nervous and skeptical about choosing an adoption agency after reading review after review about agencies that don't respond and fail to get things taken care of for their clients. While both of our adoptions are still in progress, I can happily inform other prospective families that Hopscotch has been WoNdErFuL to work with. They ALWAYS respond to my emails (usually the same day), they ALWAYS meet our needs, they have truly gone above and beyond to insure that our adoption journey goes as smoothly as possible. We recently traveled to Bulgaria to meet one of our daughters and we had major flight delays and cancellations - we had cell phone numbers/home numbers and emails to contact people at Hopscotch when necessary (the in-country agency they work with also took good care of us while we were there). The wonderful women at Hopscotch have been with us every step of the way and I am fully confident with their abilities to complete our adoptions. If we adopt again in the future, we will definitely use Hopscotch.

Kathy92

Client Served

Rating: 5

The road to adopt our 3 year old son from Ghana, West Africa was one wrought with a roller coaster of emotions. As in any international adoption, there are road blocks that come up along the way. There is not another organization that Rob and I would rather have been with through all of the hurdles than Robin Sizemore and Michelle Moreau at Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc. We love their passion and compassion for the children they are desperately trying to help find forever families. Our family is blessed beyond measure to have these two women be a part of our adoption story. They are caring, understanding, empathetic and genuinely love the families they work with and the children they are representing. We couldn't have and wouldn't have made it through without having them by our side each step of the way! Emmanuel has now been home for 4 1/2 months and we look forward to taking a trip to North Carolina soon so that he/we can thank these two wonderful ladies and the rest of the Hopscotch staff for the love and encouragement they've shown our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Five weeks ago we brought home our precious 2-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl, brother and sister, from Ghana, West Africa. The long journey was made possible and endurable by the wonderful staff at Hopscotch Adoptions. Michelle Moreau brought so much hope and light to our journey with her positive attitude and genuine excitement for us. She celebrated every milestone with us as if these children were her very own. When we ran into obstacles, both Michelle, and Robin Sizemore, walked through them with us every step of the way. Beyond their hard work and care, these two women also prayed for us and shed tears of joy when our kids were finally in our arms. We couldn't have asked for a better "family" to work with to bring our kids home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopscotch has been amazing to our family. We were their first family in Morocco. They were with us every step of the way. Even being the first family with many unknowns, they could not have been better in their support and ability to help us get our baby home. This was also our first adoption and they completely held our hands to help get us through the process and get all of our questions answered to make us as comfortable as possible. They made sure we had great support in country and made it very easy for us. They also helped us make a very smooth transition back home with our new child. Robin and her team displayed character and integrity that gave me total confidence in them. Our family is now complete thanks in large part to Hopscotch.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are blessed and fortunate to have become parents through adoption by working with Robin Sizemore and the team at Hopscotch Adoptions. Our daughter is our greatest gift and blessing in this life. We had experienced first-hand the heartache of what can go wrong in international adoption when agencies and governments turn a blind eye to poor in-country practices. As a result, we researched ethics and the politics of international adoption thoroughly before proceeding again and were directed to Hopscotch by an international adoption and policy expert. Robin never shied away from any of the difficult questions we asked and that should be asked when you embark on this journey. She works extensively to find families for children with special needs and often very challenging medical needs. We were always able to reach Robin or her staff in a timely manner - in fact, I sometimes refrained from sending email at night or on weekends because I knew Robin would reply right away so I often waited until business hours to contact her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a really great agency! Hopscotch has been working hard on our adoption since 2010. Every obsticle that can be thrown at a family trying to adopt has been thrown at us and Hopscotch and their team have gone over and above to help us get through it. Robin Sizemore and the Hopscotch team have a sincere love for the children waiting for families and they fight hard for these children to have a forever home. Their agency is full of people who are genuinely passionate about what they do and it shows.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two beautiful children internationally, both through Hopscotch Adoptions, and we are a grateful Hopscotch Family! Their teams, both here in the US and in-country, are wonderful to work with and, both times, really made the process very special. I am an attorney by training and, although I don't have any experience or special training in adoption law, I might ordinarily tend to feel like I should fret about the paperwork. However, right from the beginning, it was clear that Hopscotch does a terrific job of making sure all the details are taken care of -- the great feeling that Hopscotch really is thinking of EVERYTHING let me focus on the amazing journey to become a family. Can I assign a 10-star rating as a write in??

Chandres P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been a Hopscotch family since January 2012, when we saw our daughter on their waiting child listing. They made our commitment and dossier prep easy to navigate, and made adding a second child partway through the process seamless. I've had the privilege of meeting everyone in the office, both at the beginning and again when we had our dossier ready to go, and sitting at the table in the office, whatever question I asked, someone was there who knew the answer or would find it out for me. Even on our trip to meet the kids, I emailed pictures to Hopscotch, and got messages back from everyone in the office. We are still in process, but expect the last few months to run as smoothly as the rest!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopscotch Adoptions facilitated my adoption of two amazing children. The entire team is so knowledgeable, supportive and committed. They truly understand what the experience of international adoption is like from the parent in waiting perspective. The hopes, the fears, the excitement, the frustrations...all handled with such empathy and compassion. In addition, the team members that are in the birth country are such gems! Our needs were completely anticipated and we felt so welcomed and nurtured. Every person considering international adoption should put Hopscotch Adoptions on the top of their list!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two children through Hopscotch Adoptions. The experience was beyond expectations. I would highly suggest anyone considering adopting looking into this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopscotch Adoptions and Robin Sizemore brought a miracle to my family for which we are eternally grateful!!!! This is an excellent agency and the people who comprise Hopscotch, truly care...It is an agency dedicated to its mission of finding forever homes for children. My association with them was positive and rewarding in every way. I trusted them, and they never let me down!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hopscotch is an excellent adoption agency that cares about finding forever homes for children, and works extensively to find homes for children with special needs. I hold Robin and her staff in high esteem. Unfortunately, there are some anti-adoption people out there who like to make negative comments but this agency is excellent. Unlike many of the bad agencies who have tarnished international adoption, Robin stands behind her agency and its work. She is an easy target because she does not hide behind her agency and she is good at what she does. She and her staff are committed to finding homes for children and NOT children for families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Launching our adoption journey was a leap of faith in using Hopscotch as an agency. We did not know of anyone at the time who had utilized this agency nor did we know of anyone who had adopted from Bulgaria. Robin and her team at Hopscotch did not disappoint. They were knowledgable and helpful every step of the way. My many emailed questions were often answered within the hour. I always felt that my questions and concerns were important and seemed to be priority to staff. Aside from the level of professionalism shown, we really enjoyed this staff- they are great people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister adopted my niece through Hopscotch and she is a true gift to our family. I was new to the process and it is a very positive experience for our entire family. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a past and present Hopscotch family. They helped us with our first adoption in 2008 of our beautiful daughter. Robin and her team were always available to answer our questions and calm our anxieties. Additionally, Robin also does much advocating for children of the world and adoptive families alike, proving they are not just in it for the money. The world of adoption is a better place due to Robin Sizemore and her organization, Hopscotch Adoptions.

Cindy67

Client Served

Rating: 5

Robin and the Hopscotch staff are genuinely concerned about children, and about creating "forever families." Occasionally I run into someone who dislikes international adoptions, and I reflect that they would have a different perspective if they'd known Hopscotch. After years of infertility issues caused by cancer treatments, my husband and I despaired of adopting children. Everywhere we turned we were told that my history of cancer kept us from becoming adoptive parents. Because of Robin's contacts, reputation, and perseverance, our 10th Gotcha Day is in 2 weeks! I've given up trying to understand how the Hopscotch staff deals so patiently with anxious parents, reluctant bureaucrats, frightened birth families, and literally mounds of paperwork. The staff's care must be genuine because no amount of money can really compensate them for the work they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know how to begin to describe the impact that Hopscotch has had on my life. From the moment we first spoke to Hopscotch in 2006 through arriving home with our daughter from Armenia in late 2007, our experience with Hopscotch has been wonderful, easy, first-class. Across the organization, their level of care and attention guided us through the complex international adoption process and really made us feel that they were watching out for us. With something as important as our daughter, I feel that our trust in Hopscotch was very well placed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Hopscotch has always been a pleasure!! Robin Sizemore has consistently shown passion for orphans and adoption, as well as the highest level of commitment to excellence. Robin has always been very supportive of Resources4adoption and our mission. She is willing to give of her time and resources to help other organizations like Resources4adoption so we can grow and thrive. She understands the importance of helping others...which means a great deal. Go Hopscotch! Cherri Walrod, Founder and Executive Director of Resources4adoption

Jason41

Board Member

Rating: 5

Robin and her team have amazing systems, tools and talent. I see them go above and beyond in every step of the adoption process. I see great things in this organization. Their focus is always the kids first. Care, love and hope are words often heard and felt around the office.

Rita I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hopscotch became part of our family when it facilitated the adoption of our daughter from Armenia five years ago. The entire team (in the US and Armenia) was ready and willing to support us at every stage of the process, specially during those challenging times when waiting felt unbearable. We are grateful for Hopscotch and its staff for all that they do for families and children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hopscotch Adoptions are great! They are putting a lot of efforts to place the children that have waited the longest and we really appreciate that. They are good professionals and love the children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted out of Ghana not once but twice thru this wonderful non profit. Our experience was one of excitement and joy. Our in country coordinator is like family and the agency still remains in close contact with our family. I can not tell you how blessed we were to have chosen Hopscotch :) Thanks for all your support.

Cheryl55

Client Served

Rating: 5

Robin Sizemore and the staff at Hopscotch Adoptions were always professional, courteous and thorough with our adoption. Any questions or concerns we ever had were answered almost immediately by Robin at any time of the day. Our family would highly recommend Hopscotch as THE agency to use when you are considering adopting. Words could never say enough about the love, passion and caring for the children and families involved by Robin and staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professional and caring orphan advocates and highly dedicated to facilitating adoptions in the Caucasus region.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hopscotch Adoptions truly cares about children, and their entire staff are dedicated and caring individuals that go beyond for their families. Robin and I met about 5 years ago and connected right away. We shared the same passion and love for adoption. I have traveled with Robin and seen her love and warmth for orphaned children. Robin and her staff have also provided services for our clients and each one of them has been thrilled with their services and staff.
Hopscotch team you are amazing!
Cara Helberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding our son in Armenia was a blessing on so many levels, not the least of which was working with Hopscotch Adoptions. The Hopscotch team in North Carolina walked us through the entire process and was always available for questions and support. Robin Sizemore and her staff genuinely care about the families and children they are reuniting from around the world. And now, thanks to Hopscotch, we have our son who is a miracle, major special needs, big brown eyes, infectious laugh and all. Hopscotch also assisted us in adopting our beautiful daughter from Bulgaria. Again, we had a wonderful experience working with well-respected Robin Sizemore and her knowledgeable, responsive team. Our family would highly recommend Hopscotch Adoptions for an international adoption from any of the countries in which they work.

APeach

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am so happy that Robin makes this kind of money in the buying and selling of children. Especially at a time when international adoptions are down 70%. I remember her when she was at Carolina Adoption Services and how she has tried to line herself with people of power or affluential people. There are a handful of grateful people she has bought babies for, so they are ever thankful and dont question anything.