Here’s a screenshot from Margaret Cole’s “personal” website.
Margaret Cole is the founder and director of European Adoption Consultants (EAC).
As you can see, by her own admission, three of her children work at EAC. Isn’t that cozy?
Equally cozy would be the monopolistic cartel that could result from the Russian adoption agreement. Cole and other agencies have banded together to try to make sure only a few agencies are allowed to operate in Russia.
This is not for the benefit of Russian children. It is so Cole can pay herself and her family members even more, since EAC will be able to raise its prices.
Take a look at this.
If you didn’t know better, you might think it was an official announcement about the Russian adoption agreement.
But it is nothing more than advertising for Margaret Cole and her adoption agency, EAC (European Adoption Consultants).
All of the links and phone numbers go to EAC or another EAC website.
Do not forget, EAC is a nonprofit. There are restrictions on what nonprofits can do when it comes to lobbying. Did Margaret Cole and EAC lobby for this agreement? After all, if they are able to “knock out” other agencies, then they could raise their prices (they are already expensive).
But the agreement has NOT yet been ratified. It is not clear when it will be ratified, or, when ratified, what form it will take.
Cole and EAC did, however, waste no time reserving domain names and putting up these sites.
Can they be trusted?
The U.S. is still dragging its feet in efforts to organize timely assistance to the Russian children who have suffered at the hands of American foster parents. This was reported by Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov, who was on an official visit to America in mid-February.
According to him, Washington has not yet assembled comprehensive data on the number of Russian children adopted by U.S. citizens, or all cases of violations of their rights. However, according to Astakhov, the State Department is making an effort to rectify the situation.
The Ombudsman noted that work on ratification of a bilateral agreement on adoptions will be accelerated only in the event of clearly-defined implementation guarantees. The agreement was signed in 2011. It provides for special training of foster parents and providing regular updates on the wellbeing of Russian children in the United States.
EAC, also known as European Adoption Consultants, took out domain names in the name of the Russian American Adoption Agreement.
Because, agencies such as EAC have a vested interest in keeping the number of players small.
If they have their way, just a few agencies can operate in Russia. That means prices go up. It is called collusion and price fixing.
Just take a look. Margaret Cole gets paid just under $100,000 a year to run EAC. How much more can she make if she participates in a cartel of just a few approved agencies?
That’s her motivation for pushing that agreement. Making more money by eliminating the competition!
If you want to start having to pay more than $60,000 for an adoption, go ahead and let that agreement pass. If you want to pay a fair price, you need to do something about it NOW.
Contact your representatives in Washington and let them know that this agreement is NOT about protecting children but about making money for just a few people.
In an election year, they WILL listen!
Many families seem to think that when the US-Russian adoption agreement is ratified, it will be a good thing.
Actually, the truth is it will be a bad thing.
Do not believe what the agencies and their trade groups such as FRUA and JCICS tell you.
Under the agreement, the Russian authorities will have the power to come and inspect any Russian adopted child under the age of eighteen.
Yes, they can come into your home when they wish and inspect your child.
And, if they don’t like what they see, the child can be taken back to Russia.
This is what they’re not telling you.
If you want your child to be inspected and maybe even taken, go ahead and let the agencies have their way.
If you do not like this, you need to let your voice be heard.
Complain to your congressional representative and your senators.
Complain to the State Department. 202-647-3320. The “point person” is Ambassador Susan Jacobs.