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

Rating: 4 stars  

I adopted two children from Ethiopia through AFAA in 2006 and decided to do it again a few years later. I wanted to adopt from Ethiopia, but that program closed due to the high demand for adoption there and because AFAA is such a small agency, it was not able to meet the demands of the government to provide humanitarian work. I changed countries to Uganda and received a referral there. I knew it was a new program and understood that there may be unforseen challenges and risks because of this. Ultimately, it was discovered that the Ugandan representative was taking money and misrepresenting himself and many of the children that were referred. I was saddened and discouraged to the point that I considered not continuing my adoption plan. Cheryl and AFAA offered me another alternative. They did not charge me any extra fees to change to Lesotho and in a few weeks, I will be traveling to pick up my beautiful son. Adoption is hard and it's expensive, but I don't believe that I could have adopted these 3 kids if it weren't for AFAA. Cheryl didn't ask for any money from me until it was absolutely necessary- when I received and accepted the referral of my son. Cheryl operates out of her modest home- I have visited several times and her life is dedicated to African adoptions. My goal was to be a mom again and I get to do that. For this, I am extremely grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming the parent to 3 wonderful children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see a staff- it is just about a one woman show right now.

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

bringing home my kids and having the honor of being their mother.

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

hard working and very caring.

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

educate, feed and provide a future for kids who would otherwise not have one.

Ways to make it better...

there was a bit more communication. I love updates!

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

finances and very small staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Cheryl's heart is for these children. She has helped so many families and wants very much to continue. She could not have forseen the unfortunate things that happened in Uganda and is doing her best to make it right so that the end goal is met- parents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & adopted and i am currently adopting.