Curtis #Bostic’s Role in the #CWA Adoption Scandal

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A poor Ethiopian village, similar to where many adopted children were sourced by Christian World Adoption. Image courtesy of Alik Shahaf

Curtis Bostic, candidate for the coveted SC District 1 race,  worked hard for Christian World Adoption, an organization that filed for bankruptcy after years of scandal, confusion and seriously flawed adoption policies. Then, one day, he decided to pick up and run for an empty seat in Congress.

Christian World Adoption initially came under governmental scrutiny in 2007 for sending the wrong children home with hopeful adoptive families, prompting inquiries from the State Department and the nonprofit Joint Council on International Children’s Service in Virginia, a child welfare advocacy group. At the time, this was explained away as an honest mistake. By February 2013, the organizion had been bruised and bloodied by a series of exposes and lawsuits, and filed with the bankruptcy court. Just in time for Mr. Bostic to make a run for office.

In 2008, complaints had begun to spring up across the internet. You can see many of them archived on the website Adoption Agency Ratings.

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It was on this website I came across the shocking revelation that before Christian World Adoption was accused of child trafficking for profit, they had a working business relationship with a company called AMREX, whose management was suspected of laundering or flat-out stealing over half a million dollars from hopeful adoptive parents. AMREX went out of business shortly after these allegations arose, leaving would-be families high and dry. No adoption fees were returned to them.

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Was Curtis Bostic really involved in CWA, or was his relationship something  more like providing once-in-a-blue moon lawyerly duties, as he’s suggested? (He does not seem to regret the work he did on behalf of his client, and has compared his involvement to that of an attorney representing a drunk driver.)

From 2007-2010, the company was mired with problems, and Mr. Bostic actually served as a “face”  that they presented to the world. Unlike a drunk driving lawyer, Mr. Bostic was along for a long and bumpy ride, all the way to bankruptcy. To keep with the analogy: A drunk driving attorney doesn’t normally get into the passenger seat and go along for road trip.

Interestingly enough, perhaps because of  all of the media appearances , in 2010, Mr. Bostic felt it was best to resign from his duties as a public servant on the Greenbelt Advisory Board, less than two weeks after the televised CBS expose on Christian World Adoption.

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The Patch reveals Christian World Adoption company paid Bostic’s law firm $466,073 in 2011 and $189,845 in 2010. I’m no lawyer, but I feel it’s safe to assume that the law firm dedicated a good amount of work hours to this organization.

There was once a video out there that featured Curtis Bostic speaking on CWA’s official position, but it’s been deleted from the YouTube account.

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So how did Curtis Bostic really feel about all of these problems and issues Christian World Adoption faced?  Here are a few responses out on the web that I was able to track down. Please keep in mind that just like the above deleted video, there is a possibility many things have been scrubbed from the web.

1. Mr. Bostic blamed the parents. It’s the PARENTS who need to do due diligence, he explained about a couple in Chesapeake, Virginia, who discovered their adopted children still had a living mother and believed that they were merely doing some sort of student-exchange program.
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3. In the high profile case in the US, covered by CBS news,  Mr. Bostic again shifted the blame to adopting parents, saying they didn’t understand the adoption, therefore, CWA was not at fault.

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4. If blame and smearing doesn’t work, sue them! Great idea! Apparently, that’s the best way for a “Christian” organization to respond when an adoptive parent discovers their new child has family back home, as well as a host of expensive medical problems to cope with. With all those medical costs coupled with legal fees, is there any doubt that they’ll shut up about what happened?

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I’ll say it again, Christian World Adoption company paid Bostic’s law firm $466,073 in 2011 and $189,845 in 2010.  Yet he is the only candidate in the SC1 election who has not diclosed his finances. 

It appears he had his priorities in order, after all. They’re just not something he wants to admit to the wary public.

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