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Ms. Cheryl Carter-Shotts

Wrong Cheryl Carter-Shotts?

Employment History

  • Managing Director
    Americans for African Adoption
  • Founder and Managing Director
    Americans for African Adoption
  • Head
  • Founder and Managing Director of Americans
    African Adoptions , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
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More often, it is the adult ..., 29 June 2010 [cached]
More often, it is the adult adoptee from Africa who feels a pull to return and serve, said Cheryl Carter-Shotts, founder of Americans for African Adoptions.
In 1986, the Indianapolis agency became the first American adoption agency to work in Ethiopia.
"It's not usual for the family to go back, but it is becoming more common for the kids, when grown, to go back," Carter-Shotts said.
"What broke everything wide-open," Carter-Shotts said, "was when everybody saw Angelina Jolie's beautiful little girl."
Tim Giese sits on a porch swing with his wife, Cheryl, daughter Ava, 5, and adopted Ethiopian daughter Rediet, 4, at the house where they are staying in Baltimore.
Jolie's latest adoption increases Ethiopia interest - Yahoo! UK & Ireland News [cached]
Cheryl Carter-Shotts, director of Americans For African Adoption, says, "We began to be flooded with calls and emails from people wanting information."
Meanwhile, Adoption Advocates International reports that requests have doubled since Jolie's journey to Ethiopia.
Blue Collar Adoption, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
When Cheryl Carter-Shotts first started trying to help Americans adopt children from Africa 20 years ago, she said people told her, " 'Africa, Cheryl?
Wise up, nobody cares.' "In her estimation, a couple of huge celebrities helped change that situation."Bono got involved in Africa, and people started paying attention," said Carter-Shotts, managing director of Americans for African Adoptions. "Then Angelina Jolie went in, and oh my god, it blew the doors of Ethiopia open for adoption."These stars and Madonna may have focused more attention on Africa lately, but interest in Ethiopian adoptions has been growing for several years. he number of children adopted to the U.S. from Ethiopia shot up from 135 in 2003 to 732 in 2006, making Ethiopia the fifth-most-popular country for American adoptions. nd for the people who have been fighting for these children pre-Brangelina, the recent attention has been enormously gratifying, shining a light on the millions of children orphaned by AIDS, other diseases and war in Africa.
And this decision, to adopt an older child instead of a baby, is one agencies hope to encourage."When news media write about the orphans in Africa, the viewers, the readers believe that means babies," said Carter-Shotts, the managing director for Americans for African Adoptions. "There are so many older children."Ripley, the director of AAI, is also trying to educate people about the joys and challenges of adopting older kids."We call this, at the agency, the Year of the Older Child," she said.Hanson's friends also plan to adopt older children since their visit to Addis Ababa, and the children they met there, cemented their interest.Haugh and her husband, who have two birth children, ages 6 and 8, are discussing adopting a 5-year-old boy.Armstrong, who is single and does not have children, said she initially thought she would want a 3-year-old."Then something kind of clicked when I was hanging out with the older kids," she said.Armstrong has started the paperwork, but it's gut-wrenching to know that she has a daughter waiting in Ethiopia, she said. At least a couple of times a day, she'll imagine little bits of the life they'll have."Thinking about what kind of lunches I'll be making for school," she said.
Abilene Reporter News: Family, 6 Nov 2006 [cached]
When Cheryl Carter-Shotts brought her adopted son home from Ethiopia, there were no paparazzi at the airport, no reporters staking out her home and definitely no appearance on Oprah.
The year was 1985, and his name was Mohammed.
"I will never know why, I just absolutely fell in love," Carter-Shotts said.
Carter-Shotts, founder and managing director of Americans for African Adoption, has her own take on the Madonna adoption.
"I think she probably had to be doing everything correctly on the U.K. side, because the U.K. is very, very strict," she said.If not, Madonna would not have been able to bring the baby into the United Kingdom, where she has dual citizenship.
However, she's not sure the child's father, Yohane Banda, a poor farmer, realized that the child would legally become Madonna's son."The man indicated he had no education and he certainly didn't understand English," she said.
"Putting a child in an African orphanage absolutely does not mean the child is available for adoption," she said.
Carter-Shotts, who's been to 12 African countries, said she's seen time and again fathers placing their infants in orphanages so they can receive milk.When the children are old enough to eat table food, the fathers retrieve them.
But, she said, an illiterate farmer is no match for well-educated social workers, judges and lawyers.She believes that Yohane Banda probably thought about taking his son back, especially when he realized that the child would be leaving the country and would no longer have his name.
However, she said, he didn't want to deny him the opportunity for a better life.
She said Madonna could have offered financial assistance so the father could have raised the child.
Carter-Shotts said she concluded from her research of adoption laws in Malawi that it would be impossible for anyone who is not a citizen of the country to adopt a child there without having lived in Malawi for 18 months.
Since 2002, there have been only seven U.S. immigrant visas issued for Malawian orphans, most likely to U.S. missionaries.
Most of the African children she's placed for adoption have been from Ethiopia or Sierra Leone.
Reviews: Cheryl ..., 1 Oct 2000 [cached]
Reviews: Cheryl Carter-Shotts, the head of AFAA, is one of the most dedicated, tireless women I have ever met. She has weathered many storms to keep working for these children LONG after most would have given up and for no financial gain. She does it for the children. Anyone who says otherwise, simply does not know her and has not spent any real time with her.
Pros: Cheryl, the director of AFAA, is a hands on, knowledgeable woman. She has successfully handled adoptions from Africa for 20+ years. I found her to be of the upmost character. She and the staff at AFAA are TRULY dedicated to the children and will not tolerate anything that is not inthe best interest of the children - now or the future. She is direct and doesn't have time for nonsense. So anyone who has anything negative to say about their experiences with AFAA is likely disgruntled becasue they behaved poorly themselves and Cheryl set them straight.
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