"Baby Brokers come in all sorts and shapes – some call themselves lawyers, others private practitioners and others just plain social workers. The facts about them are quite simply that they sell children to strangers for a living." – Anne Patterson
Yesterday I noticed someone from Switzerland had spent hours digesting my blog. They had found my blog by googling the terms "Milajlovic Adoption World". MaryAnn Milajlovic is a known associate in the Kurtz agency operations. Its been rumored she is Seymour Kurtz sister in law (unconfirmed)
My curiosity was piqued. This morning I get this in my email.
Niels, Kali, please note this. Marley, Sabine, and anyone else who tracks brokers, see this as well. This is VERY interesting. I have forwarded to babybrokerwatch.com for their info as well.
Date: July 24, 2008 7:13:49 AM EDT
Subject:prospective adoptive parents and one of Seymour Kurtz victims
I found your site by chance and am horrified by what I have read so far. I feel compelled to write to offer any information I can. My husband and I are American citizens living in Switzerland. We began our journey to adopt in May of 2006. We contacted American Adoption Professionals Abroad, Inc. they do home studies and are based in Heidelberg Germany. Randy Barlow is the director and has had this established business as a social worker for over 20 years. They are highly recognised and referred to in the expat adoption community. We had Randy do our home study and discussed with him our options in agencies. He and associates Elizabeth Leuenberger and Jane Santos had experience placing 8 babies with expat families through Adoption World, Inc based in Chicago Ill and an agency of Seymour Katz. We had researched the internet and saw one web site with complaints against Mr. Kurtz. We expressed our concerns to Randy Barlow but because of his positive experience and the fact that social worker and associate Elizabeth Leuenberger personally adopted through them we felt good about our decision to sign with them. In December 2006 we engaged the services of Adoption World and paid them $5,000.00 between this time and August 2007. We also paid $7,000.00 to their partner company American Institiute for Family Services, Inc, also in Chicago, at the same address, to complete our dossier. Just yesterday, July 23,2008 we received registered mail packet with our file and a letter stating that Adoption World could no longer provide service to us and they will be giving up their license in the state of Illinois. No money has been returned. The telephone number no longer works, neither does the number for Easter House or Birth Hope in Arizona. I am filing a complaint with the Attorney Generals office in Illinois consumer fraud bureau. I have also emailed the Illinois department of Children and Family Services.
Our story is only one of loss of time and money and of course hope and faith in an adoption system which seems fraught with corruption. After reading your web site I am thankful that our story didn’t involved hurting others. I hope this information will somehow help someone. I truly believe the social workers with American Adoption Professionals Abroad act with good intentions but have to wonder if they truly could be ignorant of the acts of and or the accusations against Seymour Kurtz and all of his associates. Believe me I have written to them as well and have posted my story on the adoption chat groups with which I have been associated.
I wish all of you only the best,