I-Team discovers historic move by U.S. State Department
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
The I-Team has learned the U.S. State Department has pulled the accreditation of European Adoption Consultants based in Strongsville, Ohio that arranges adoptions for U.S. families all over the world.
7 On Your Side is aware of multiple families that now have overseas adoptions up in the air. EAC's 3 year suspension is a first for the State Department.
Ted Coley, the Director of the Office of Children’s Issues for the U.S. State Department says, "The whole action we took is unusual and unprecedented. It's the first time in history that the State Department debarred an adoption service provider for any period of time."
Investigators found 18 different types of violations, claiming EAC fraudulently obtained birth parents consent, solicited bribes, and offered consideration to birth parents to induce them to release their children.
I-Team Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor discovered several families from the U.S. traveled to different countries last month and didn't discover there was a potential problem with their EAC adoption until after arriving overseas. None of the families will speak to ABC7 News on camera out of fear if they do they will never be able to adopt their child.
EAC won't return our phone calls but did tell families on its website: The EAC Staff is heartbroken over these events. Despite the fact that we disagree with many, if not most, of the statement and are considering the option of appeal, we still have to make a plan of transfer of all cases.
Most of the adoptions are on hold but State Department officials say progress is being made.
Director Coley says, "China recently allowed EAC customers to carry thru with their adoption and those families are either on their way home or are home with their children."