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Ms. Cheryl Carter-Shotts

Founder and Managing Director

African Adoptions , Inc.

HQ Phone: (317) 271-4567

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African Adoptions , Inc.

8910 Timberwood Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana 46234

United States

Company Description

American Adoption agency specializing in adoptions from Ethiopia, East Africa and adopting from Liberia, West Africa, providing many resources on how to adopt. ... more

Background Information

Employment History

Founder and Managing Director

Americans for African Adoptions, Inc.

Public Relations and Marketing Director

Indianapolis Checkers Hockey Team


Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Web References (53 Total References)

In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts ... [cached]

In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts the founder of Africans for American Adoptions (AFAA) traveled to Liberia. Due to the ongoing war, Cheryl met with Liberian government officials about helping Liberian orphans. AFAA established the "AFAA House" - a home for Liberian orphans who lost their parents in the war. In 2003, the first Liberian Angels joined their new families with Cheryl escorting children to their new homes. On December 12, 2003, Cheryl brought two beautiful Liberian toddler boys to their new mother in New Mexico, Cathrine Troy.

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In 2000 Cheryl Carter-Shotts the director of AFAA traveled to Liberia, during their ongoing war and met with Liberian government officials about helping Liberian orphans. AFAA established the "AFAA House" - a home, turned orphanage, for Liberian orphans who lost their parents in the war. In 2003 the first Liberian Angel joined their new family with Cheryl escorting children to their new families, repeatedly going back to Liberia during their many civil wars that seemed to never end. On December 2, 2003, Cheryl brought two beautiful Liberian toddler boys to their new mother in New Mexico - Cathrine Troy, founder and director of JWM.

Cheryl and Cathrine have had a fifteen plus year history of working together.
Cheryl Carter-Shotts, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was watching the 60 Minutes story about the Malian famine and the boy crawled into her heart. For three nights, as she was falling asleep, Cheryl wondered aloud to her husband, Charlie, "Do you think that little boy has eaten today? On the 4th morning Cheryl told Charlie, "I don't understand but that boy is my son and I have to find my son and help him or bring him home."
Cheryl knew nothing about Africa or international adoption, and nothing about the boy. She quit her work and devoted every waking minute to finding the boy. It was 1985 and Cheryl quickly ran up $3,000 in phone calls and wrote Senator Richard Lugar and Diane Sawyer's secretary.
Early one evening Ms. Sawyer called and they spoke for an hour as Cheryl tried to learn about the boy.
Cheryl and Charlie maxed out their credit cards, used every dime they had saved for a better car and borrowed $7,000 so Charlie could head off to the Sahara, hoping to find Mohammed with the help of missionaries.
On December 7, 1985, the boy, Cheryl had identified as "her son", stepped off a plane, in Indianapolis, Indiana with his new father, into the arms of his new mother.
"Mohammed" was 5'4" tall, weighed 65 pounds and was head to-toe medical problems. He looked about 9 or 10 years old but doctors estimated he was 13 or 14. Mohammed thought he had been brought to America to be Cheryl's "house boy". When Cheryl explained that he had been brought to the US to be her son - Mohammed said he "didn't know what that meant but promised to learn. He added that he "thought these must be special people if they will go across the world for a house boy."
Within days Mohammed was talking about his friend, "Nimit", who was left behind in the Sahara. Mohammed wanted Nimit to have a family too. Cheryl decided that she had to help other African children and the idea for "Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. (AFAA)" was born.
In 2006, Senator Richard Lugar awarded Cheryl the "Congressional Angels in Adoption award".
In February 1990 Cheryl was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and photographed a tiny girl sitting on a sidewalk - she looked starved and was filthy. Cheryl tried, but couldn't find her family to arrange sponsorship. A year later, Cheryl returned to Addis and with the help of the photo and another child, found the little girl who looked worse than the year before. Cheryl learned that at five or six years of age the girl was a street beggar and was also washing clothes by hand and scrubbing floors to earn coins to support her mother, her mother's boyfriend, her half-sister and her elderly grandmother. "Kelem" was also watching soldiers kill people in the streets as rebels were seven miles down the road. On March 2, 1991 Cheryl was able to bring Kelem to America and found that she weighed only 28 pounds.
Today, Kelem is a healthy young woman who spent four years in the US Air Force as an FAA air traffic controller, doing one tour in Iraq. She is a 2012 graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she was elected president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - today Kelem works as a financial analyst for McKinsey & Company.
Because of those 18 seconds, Mohammed is a healthy adult. Five major surgeries rebuilt his body and on May 23, 1998, Mohammed graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University while "Dateline" taped for a future story. Today, Mohammed works for the US government in Washington and is a husband and father. Mohammed continues to speak six languages and his birthday is August 11, the day Cheryl saw him on 60 Minutes.
Because of Mohammed, AFAA began as a small agency with a big heart for African orphans, and because of very limited funds, AFAA continues to be small.
To date AFAA has brought 715 African orphans from Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lesotho and three special needs children from Mogadishu, Somalia, to new families across the US, Canada, France and New Zealand.
Cheryl Carter-Shotts Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. 8910 Timberwood Drive Indianapolis, IN 46234 317-271-4567

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The following information comes from a former adoption colleague, Cheryl Carter-Shotts, Founder and Managing Director of Americans for African Adoptions, Inc, a remarkable woman who has never given up on helping her "African Angels", regardless of the obstacles in her way. She has taken on the struggles of the children of Africa as her own. She has battled many bureaucracies and has made personal sacrifices, often putting herself in harm's way. Still, she perseveres.

Cheryl emailed this morning:
"Over a year ago I wrote on our AFAA Families group about one of our Ethiopian African Angels, "Esubalew" finding me through the Internet. He is a tremendous young man who just finished his junior year at Metro College in Colorado.
Here is something Cheryl sent me about her reconnection with Esubalew about 2.5 yrs ago, followed by a newspaper article in the Denver Post.
There, a doctor showed him to Cheryl Carter-Shotts, director of Indianapolis-based Americans for African Adoptions Inc. Her decades-long concern for children suffering on the continent has withstood controversy over international and interracial adoptions.
"It was wartime," says Carter-Shotts, "and they were not going to focus on one lost child."
She gave him a Matchbox car and promised to return for him. Months later, she did â€" and found him a foster home in Ethiopia until she placed him with a Missouri family who'd taken in special-needs children from all over the world.

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Americans for African Adoptions, Inc. 8910 Timberwood Drive Indianapolis, IN 46234 (317) 271-4567 (ph) (317) 271-8739 (fax) (email) (web) Ms. Cheryl Carter-Shotts, Director Adoption Service Provider

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Layla House, a shady compound with a paved common area, a baby house, dormitories for boys and for girls, a schoolroom and a kitchen and dining hall, is run by Adoption Advocates International, based in Port Angeles, Wash. A.F.A.A. House, on the outskirts of town, almost buried in flower gardens, is run by Americans for African Adoptions, based in Indianapolis and directed by Cheryl Carter-Shotts.

Though still small, the number of Ethiopian children adopted by Americans has grown substantially in the last 10 years. 'What families consistently tell us is how happy and well adjusted the children are, that they obviously had been well nurtured and that they are extremely intelligent,' says Carter-Shotts of Americans for African Adoptions.
Some of the children from the countryside arrive in the United States with tribal markings or accidental scars from a cook fire or a goat's horn. Asrat, who is now 20 and was one of the early Ethiopian children to be adopted in this country, killed a lion when he was very young, using a stick from the fire in defense of his family compound. He proudly wore a ritual scar across one eyebrow, bestowed by his village of Welayta, which declared him a man. Within months after his referral to an adoption program, he was a fifth grader at a Seattle-area elementary school.
Samuel, a 7-year-old whose parents died of malaria, missed sleeping on his shelflike bed high under the roof of the family's round hut and listening to the rain scatter when it hit the corrugated metal. Shortly after he was adopted, he graciously asked his suburban mom if she would like him to butcher a cow for dinner.
Abebaw, 7, missed the doro wat -- the chicken stew -- of his homeland after he was adopted by an American family in South Korea.

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