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More often, it is the adult ...
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
"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.
Abilene Reporter News: Family
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
...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.
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
"Putting a child in an African orphanage absolutely does not mean the child is available for adoption," she
, 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.
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
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.
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.
Adoption Agency Reviews : Americans For African Adoptions (afaa)
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.
has successfully handled adoptions from Africa for 20+ years.
I found her
to be of the upmost character.
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.
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.
The following information comes from a ...
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.
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.
is a tremendous young man who just finished his
junior year at Metro College
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.
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."
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.
Jolie's latest adoption increases Ethiopia interest - Yahoo! UK & Ireland News
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.