Friday, January 9, 2015

Many of you have inquired about a respectful organization to help you adopt from Ukraine. I would only suggest Frontier Horizon and in particular Maggie Scobie who was instrumental in the success of our endeavors. As far as a facilitator goes, we liked Dima very much. He took good care of us and the SDA loves him...very important.
All the best out there!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ukraine Adoption - New Book

'Ukraine Adoption' 

The story of how the Redman family navigated the murky waters of the Ukraine Adoption system , and successfully adopted Nadya and Julia. Available now on Amazon, CreateSpace, and many other outlets. This book is a must read for any family considering adopting from the Ukraine.

Michael will personally be answering  questions you may have about the adoption process as well.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ukraine Adoption Book

Well after over a year I am about a week away from publishing my book "76 Days on Mars - A Ukraine Adoption Tale". It's been a long time coming but will hopefully help many more children get adopted, and make the entire process understandable and simpler for families wishing to adopt.

Her is a little excerpt . I will try to add several more in the coming weeks -

After settling in, we ventured out to find water and food figuring that we would just eat something in the apartment and not try to figure out the restaurant system yet. We found a small local market and had to put all our valuables into a locker upon entering. We wandered the aisles looking at lots of food we didn’t recognize so decided to keep it simple. We bought yogurt, cheese, crackers, sardines, and water (which, by the way, is mostly carbonated, mineral water that tastes very strange to foreigners, so we recommend buying the “Bon Aqua” brand. The un-carbonated version has a light blue cap, I think.)

The weather in Kiev is pleasant in September with sunny skies and temperature reaching into the seventies, so we took endless walks through the beautiful parks and did some general exploring.

September 6th

Kiev, Ukraine

BLOG Entry – Well, today we took it easy and just walked, talked and shopped. The weather has been really beautiful. Hopefully, it will hold for another couple of days.

Also, went to McDonald’s instead of Starbucks (my hang at home ... no Starbucks here) at about 7 a.m. They have terrific coffee and it's cheap! Made cup-by-cup, fresh ground - sounds just like the way they make their food - huh?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Adoption Book

Hi All,
It has been a long time since I posted anything here. Just wanted to let you know that my book '76 Days on Mars' [ A Ukrainian Adoption tale] is nearing completion. It will be self published on for the time being.

It is our story and will certainly be helpful for anyone contemplating adoption in Ukraine.

Please stay tuned - The proceeds will go to our orphanage in Melitopal , Ukraine and I am hoping you will help me pass the word on to others.


Monday, January 18, 2010

76 Days on Mars -'A Ukraine Adoption Story'

I started this book at the beginning of our Ukraine adoption quest in September 2008. The finishing touches are almost complete, and I hope to have it published in the early summer this year.

The purpose of this book is to inform and educate prospective adoptive families. The proceeds of this book will go to our orphanage in Melitopal, Ukraine

Spread the word!

Friday, January 15, 2010

One Year later

Its almost one year since Julia and Nadya arrived home here in cleveland. I am thrilled to have Julia beating me at most activities... I am also almost done with my book "76 Days on Mars"

Please check back as I am back !!! and If you have questions about Ukrainian adoption please do not hesitate to ask... :)Michael

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ukraine Adoption Facilitator Warning!!

Hi Everybody,
We have been home for 2 1/2 months now and the girls are doing very well. I am closing in on finishing my book about our experience and thought I should share something with any family about to embark on the Ukraine adoption process. 

I won't go into detail here but if you contact me  I will be happy to tell you what happened to us. Additionally it will be in my book "76 Days on Mars" " A Ukraine Adoption Tale"

Konstatin Yakubenko - Please  do not hire this man as your facilitator. He is dishonest and misleading.( Documented by over 15 families I have talked to) He works both alone and through the International Family Services. He cost us 2 failed adoptions, and over $40,000. We contacted IFS and they said basically "Sorry, but even though Konstantin blew it that they would not refund one penny of our money and we would need to travel to Texas to file a compliant. 

IFS has a contract that allows for no legal action on your part even if they mishandle your adoption... so beware of both Konstatin Yakubenko and International Family Services