12345 Lake City Way Ne
Seattle, Washington 98125
Type: Private Agency
Based On All Reviews
Review by demopoly submitted on June, 29, 2008 at 05:32 PM
Pros: They at first appeared to be very professional, and had actually been the agency to finally approve our adoption from China. We were now in the optional 2nd stage, doing a Domestic Adoption in the USA to guarantee her civil rights and legal future. This is essentially an open and shut process, they told us, where we've already adopted the child, and we do a "re-adoption" through the US courts to confirm the child as an heir. This is so we can add her to a trust fund.
We were told "how very easy this will be." The initial communication was warm and fuzzy, and there was no indication of any problems being as they were the same agency that we adopted from China with.
They seemed to know exactly what they were talking about.
Child's Age: 3y 0m
Start Date: Jan 2007
Status: Homestudy and documentation
Type: Open, Domestic, Interstate
Special Needs: No
Child from Guangshi, China
Cons: The reality was, they had no idea at all with how to proceed, and began actively looking for reasons to disqualify us from the domestic adoption. They were six weeks slow in communicating after the homestudy, and finally concluded that they thought my own children would inexplicably be some sort of hazard to our Chinese daughter. They gave no cause, no legal basis for such a statement, and declined to perform the adoption that we'd paid QUITE HEAVILY for.
I get the feeling that they push the domestic adoption as a way to get easy profit without doing any more work. Then, to cover their butts, they do only a cursory investigation and just turn down anything that isn't absolutely perfect, if in fact they have ever approved anyone at all and even completed the process.
We're going to an attorney to do the Domestic Adoption and the attorney has nothing nice to say about AAO. AAO is also a very small operation that was run out of a garage in someone's house. They claim a "religion free" experience, but it was a severely protestant woman who inspected our home, wearing a cross, and floor length dress on a hot day.
They appeared to be distressed primarily because of my divorce, which was painless, and I have custody of my own children. My ex wife lives only a mile away and visits the children frequently. We are hardly enemies. I think the inspector was judgmental about men having custody of kids, which is a very moralizing view, and unfair.
I DO NOT recommend AAO to anyone for any reason.
Reviews: AAO is focussed on turning over as many adoptions as they can, and on the trip to China they had practically filled the plane with customers. However, once in China the behavoir of the Chinese was as though they'd never met or dealt with this company before.
It seems that they load up, and then roll out the wagon train once a year. Their advice on the trip was racist, sexist, and negative towards the chinese people. Everyone on the trip was a mix of various religious and non religious adopting families, but the AAO people appear to have a very strange morality that they don't want to speak about.
I am left with the impression of a very half-arsed, amateur, and poorly run business that is primarily concerned with all the money they're getting for doing this. They did not organize it very well.