Within the last month, three international adoption agencies have announced a sudden closing of doors. They are (or were) Christian World Adoption (CWA), in Fletcher, North Carolina; Adoption ARK, in Buffalo Grove, IL; and the Frank Adoption Center, in Raleigh, NC.
The Frank Adoption Center sent out an email to families February 25, 2013, saying it was closing, though the website shows no update yet. Another international agency, Dove Adoptions, had announced it would be closing but apparently arrangements were made for it to stay open, under the auspices of another agency.
CWA placed thousands of children since it opened in 1991, from dozens of countries, including Russia, China, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Kyrgyzstan. Adoption ARK had nearly 1,000 placements, working in Russia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Hungary, Ukraine, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic. The Frank Adoption Center worked primarily in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and has placed over about 2,500 children.
Some in the adoption community will be glad of this news, cheering and clapping that the international adoption agency empire is crumbling, and it’s about time, given corruption, fraud, and questionable finances.
Before you put on your party hats, is there more to this story?