Advocates For Children And Families, Inc.
16831 Northeast Sixth Avenue
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162-2408
Type: Private Agency
Based On All Reviews
Review by ruths submitted on December, 3, 2009 at 01:22 AM
Pros: This is our second domestic adoption from the USA. The first was with a facilitator in California. After 5 years of experiencing the ups and downs of literally dozens of facilitators and agencies, we can say wholeheartedly that this is by far the the best agency we have had the honor to work with. They are not in it for the money. They are doing this because they care about birthmothers, adoptive parents, and of course, all the lovely children.
The Executive Director, Ginger Allen, and the rest of the staff are so competent and caring. They walk you through every process. They answer all your questions. Financially, they tell you exactly how much the adoption is, and they stick to that amount. They were very sensitive and respectful to our son's birthmother and that made us feel even more positively about Advocates for Children and Families.
Our son's adoption finalization was taken care of by Ginger Allen who is also a fabulous attorney. The staff's attention to detail resulted in a very easy adoption process. So much easier than our first because this agency and the staff took care of everything!!
We can't thank them enough for the beautiful boy they brought into our lives, thanks also to an extraordinary birthmother whom they treated like gold (and appropriately so).
This is just the best agency. And they are Hague Convention accredited -- which is fabulous for out-of-country adoptions, too.
Child's Age: 0y 0m
Start Date: Mar 2009
Completion Date: Sep 2009
Time Until Placement: 6 months
Type: Open, Domestic, Interstate
Special Needs: No
Child from Vancouver, Canada Near Washington State, Washington, United States
Cons: I can't think of one thing they could or should have done differently. They are so ethical and caring, the adoption process was relatively "easy" and any adoptive parent knows how stressful it can be in other circumstances.
Adovcates for Children and Families made it seem like a breeze, if you can believe it. It was an amazing experience.
Reviews: My husband and I would highly recommend this agency. Our adoption experience with Advocates for Children and Families (Florida) was just amazing -- so little stress -- compared to first adoption with another agency/facilitor.
The initial fees are very low, compared to dozens of agencies we contacted. So there is very little risk.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from any agency with a less than perfect reputation. In our view, Advocates for Children and Families is about the best agency you can ever hope to work with. Good luck!