Don't you just love google? I do because its a valuable tool for me to check out other bloggers and stories. Well a google alert came out on this agency with two bloggers, Shonkey and Journey to Our Child. They are shutting down their adoption services. They say its because of Hague Accreditation. Either they are that bad or something else is up. According to their financial records, they have made quite a bit of money and are very financially secure. They are also a member of the JCICS and the NCFA. So what is the story with this agency? As far as I can it is an automatic approval if you are members of both of these agencies. The JCICS website has them as closing.
I googled their name on the internet. Adoption Agency ratings has quite a few complaints on them. There is even talk of a lawsuit. That should be interesting.
I was snooping even further. They practice adoptions in Russia,Taiwan, India, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Columbia. They have been denied COA accreditation twice. I have to wonder if they are just that crooked after reading the many complaints against them. I even read that they can sue an prospective adoptive parent if they complain about them online. Its a five thousand dollar pop. Why would any PAP sign an agreement like that? That would be a warning bell with me.
The agency earned $8,846,704. They spent $774,180 in contracted services. They also spent $577,664 in advertising. They also run Sunshine Adoptions in Wisconsin. Their president and CEO, Marina Mayhew, is a Russian immigrant out of Krasnoyark, Russia. She is married to her husband who helps operates the agency, James L. Mayhew. On their IRS Form 990 according to Guidestar, there is not any information on their connection. In previous years, he was a paid member of their board. Ms. Mayhew made $143,249. Their secretary/treasurer, Judith A. Daken earned $75,060. They are also not on the Russia accreditation list either. They also have offices in Wyoming, Michigan, Arizona (headquarters), Colorado and others. They are also no longer accredited by the Russian Federation.
More will be written as this situation unfolds.