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Here is my list of how to research international adoption agencies. I highly recommend direct parent to parent contacts.

I recommend reading everything you can find about your agency on the internet, newspapers, etc. Just because you find a complaint, bad report, lawsuit, whatever, does not mean it is not the right agency for you. You need to be educated about the best and worst outcomes I think. You need to weigh the number of adoptions vs number (& type) of complaints, not the gross number of complaints. For example if Adoption Agency A has completed 100 adoptions and has 2 negative issues, and adoption agency B has completed 1000 adoptions and has 5 negative issues - my opinion Adoption Agency B is better. (2/100 = 2.0%; 5/1000 = 0.5% - 4 times fewer complaints.)

You also need to consider the source - is the source of the information biased or unbiased?
Researching Agencies - Places Parents can Register their experiences with an Adoption Agency
Registering Experience

Adoption Agency Research Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Adoption_Agency_Research/
Adoption Agency Ratings
http://www.adoptionagencyratings.com/
Adoption Agency Reviews http://adoptionagencyreviews.com/
AdoptingfromRussia.com http://adoptingfromrussia.com/AgencyInfo.html
Russian Adoption Yahoo Group Database http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Russian_Adoption/database?method=reportRows&tbl=2
Kazakhstan Adoption Yahoo Group Database http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kazakhstan_Adoption/database?method=reportRows&tbl=6
Ethiopia Adoption Agency Reviews http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ethiopiaaar/
InterCountry Adoption Registry - website closed but archived
http://www.adoptachild.org/IcarDotNet/Reports/Agency.aspx


Researching Agencies

Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR) Guide to Researching Agencies http://www.pear-now.org/docs/PEAR-Guide-to-Researching-US-Adoption-Agencies.pdf or
http://www.pear-now.org/resources.html then click Choosing an Agency
David's Adoption Agency Checklist http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/
A good Adoption Agency questionnaire
http://www.scribd.com/doc/2974538/Adoption-Agency-Research-Questionnaire
Your Agency's State Adoption Agency Regulatory Bureau
You will need to find. Here is a place to start looking:
http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/
Guidestar - Financial Information on Nonprofits http://www.guidestar.org
Dun & Bradstreet Report (there is a fee) http://www.dnb.com/
Better Business Bureau On-Line http://www.bbb.org/
Report on Intercountry Adoption
http://www.arcct.org/included.htm
FRUA Minnesota http://www.fruamn.org/pread/agency.html
LEEAF http://www.leeaf.homestead.com/agencyregistry.html
Mary Mooney's Adoption Guide & Adoption News -
website closed but archived
http://www.theadoptionguide.com/
http://www.adoptionnews.org/


Forums, Lists, Boards, Yahoo Groups where you can ask and answer questions about Adoption Agencies
Adoption Agency Research group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Adoption_Agency_Research/
Domestic Adoption Agency Research group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AARD/
FRUA Chat - especially in the Agency Section
http://www.frua.org/chat_main.html
International Adoption Resources group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/international_adoption_resources/


Hague Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) aka Agencies
ASPs which are Hague Accredited by the USA
http://adoption.state.gov/hague/agency4.php
ASPs denied Hague Accreditation by the USA
http://adoption.state.gov/hague/accreditation/deniedagencies.html
Russian Adoption Agencies with Hague & Russian Permit Statushttp://www.karensadoptionlinks.com/russiaagency.html
Hague Complaint Registry for US Parents
http://adoption.state.gov/hague/overview/complaints.html
Guide for Prospective Adoptive Parents - includes a list of countries which require a Hague approved agency
http://adoption.state.gov/pdf/PAP_Guide-1.pdf
Hague Agencies Worldwide
http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=69
Hague Convention = "Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption"
http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.text&cid=69


Ethics in International Adoption
Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR)
http://www.PEAR-now.org   Blog:  http://pear-now.blogspot.com/
Ethica
http://www.ethicanet.org
Adoption Agency checklist
http://www.adoptionagencychecklist.com/


Agency Accrediting & Membership Groups
List of All Hague Accredited Agencies in the USAhttp://adoption.state.gov/hague/agency4.php
Joint Council on International Children's Services http://www.jcics.org/
Council on Accreditation (Hague)
http://www.coanet.org/front3/page.cfm?sect=54&cont=4203
Colorado DHS (Hague)
http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/childcare/Hague_home.htm


Misc.
List of Agencies Granted a Russian Permit (accredited) complete
Hague Accredited Russian Adoption Agencies
http://www.karensadoptionlinks.com/russiaagency.html
List of Agencies Granted a Russian Permit
http://www.usynovite.ru/international/ru/foreign_agencies/
US Embassy in Moscow List of Accredited agencies
http://moscow.usembassy.gov/adoptions05.html
Various reports Agencies denied re-accreditation in Russian (old)
http://www.usynovite.ru/structure/commission/
Russian Embassy in Washington list (July 2008)http://www.russianembassy.org/Embassy_eng/Consulate/adoptions.html
Russian Embassy in Washington list (old archived)
http://www.russianembassy.org/CONSULAT/adoption.htm
List of Agencies Accredited by Russia (Oct 2003) http://www.ed.gov.ru/ob-edu/obp/rub/237/


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