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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:58 pm 
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Hi,
I have a consultation scheduled with ACFB in Skokie, IL on Mon. I am so excited! I know someone who adopted both of their children through the agency and were very happy with their experience. They do not ask for a huge sum of money up front which is very important to us.

They do their adoption specifically in Illinois and Indiana and are smaller private agency.

Does anyone have any experience with them?

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Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:42 pm 
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Location: Farm fields of Illinois
Your Adoption Connection: International, foster and private adoption.
I've heard of them, but never talked with them as I remember. (It's been awhile......)

What type of adoption situation are you hoping for? I'm glad you're going to an agency where other people you know have been happy with their services. Big plus in knowing personal friends who've been in your shoes... :nod

When you mention that they don't ask for a huge sum of $$$$ up front, what kind of $$$$ are you referring to? I know some agencies in northern IL have much higher fees than many downstate.........just wondering.

Looking forward to reading more about your appointment with them and your entire adoption journey!

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Linny

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:14 pm 
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I had my consultation today and it went great! I really like this agency. They are very straight forward with how their program works and what I really like is they encourage you to do your own marketing. They have a program where if you make our own connection they change you to an agency assited program and the cost structure changes.

The only money they ask for is the money to for the homestudy and when you go to your second consultation after the homestudy is complete they ask for $4K for their program fee. No other money is due until after the placement with the exception of birth mother expenses which goes in an escrow account. The $4K includes all of their marketing including birthparent letter and advertising assistance, website inclusion etc.

The other agencies that we have looked into have upfront fees beginning around 15-18k.

We are very excited and since we know someone who has adopted through this agency 2x we feel very comfortable with them. So our next step is the application and lots of paperwork!!


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:47 am 
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Very good! I'm glad you're happy with their fees and arrangements! Please keep us updated as your progress goes!

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Linny

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