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Holt International

340 Scotch Road
2nd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08628
United States

Type: Private Agency

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Review by tttravelers submitted on May, 6, 2011 at 06:45 PM

Adoption Details:

Child's Age: 1y 0m
Start Date: Oct 2008
Status: Homestudy and documentation
Type: Closed, International
Special Needs: No
Child from Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)

tttravelers's Ratings:
Pros: After our referral we were told 10 days later that the Grandparents decided to rasie the baby. Long story short they came back and asked for us to raise our baby boy and we were thrilled!!!! The Executive Director Murielle Elfman called us into a meeting several weeks later and would not prep us on what the meeting was about and stated in an email that neither she or the social worker would respond to our emails or calls. We were escorted into a back office w/ Murielle Elfman & Kay our social worker and Murielle said she had great concern that I Mom) was to emotional to raise a child. I told her anyone that had a referral and it was taken back would be emotional. Our social worker (Kay) did not say one word or make eye contact and just the week before told us the wait was worth it! Of course we 100% agreed, our son was coming home!!!! Kay was also who wrote our home study. After the meeting it was told to my husband and I that within a week they would have an answer if she felt we would be fit parents. Wednesday of that week she decided the answer was no via phone call. We hired an attorney shared with him the recorded conversation of the meeting and fought for our son. He spoke to the V.P several times and agreed the conversation Murielle and Kay had with us was horrible. They had dropped the ball many times but could not change their minds. We lost. Holt's contract is solid 100% so if any mistake is ever made on their side there is no recourse for families. Please protect yourself and do not encourage this agency.

Cons: Communication Truthfulness Professionalisn Caring Follow-up Morals

Reviews: Murielle Elfman should have her social worker license banned.