Our experience in working with David Avilla when adopting from Ukraine… We were thinking about adopting for years, but could not make a move, terrified of the process and not knowing where to begin and whom to trust. But just nine months after meeting with David Avilla, we brought our daughter home from Ukraine!
The most valuable service that David provides is bringing the orphaned school-aged children over to meet the families. Once you meet the children, interact with them, look into their eyes – there is no going back. We fell in love with our daughter during one of those trips in the summer of 2008 and jumped head on into the adoption process.
Little did we know we hit the jackpot twice: not only we found our daughter, we also found a very honest, dedicated, and knowledgeable team of people in David’s organization.
From the very beginning, David was always honest and upfront with us about the process and the expenses involved. All the costs were exactly as David outlined in the beginning of the process – there were no surprises. David provided detailed step by step instructions on how to complete all the required paperwork. The amount of paperwork is daunting, but with David’s system which gives you samples and templates of all the paperwork and clear and detailed guidance as to what to do and when – it becomes quite manageable and can be accomplished in record time. We give David the highest praise for generously giving us his time, always being available and ready to listen to our fears and concerns (often unfounded), always encouraging us, and providing a shoulder to lean on and a friendly ear to vent our frustrations (not with David, but with the length and complexity of the process).
One of the biggest assets that David’s organization has – is their Ukrainian partner. These are the people who are working behind the scenes on your behalf long before you meet them during your travel to Ukraine. These people know how to work the system and have the right connections to get things done and done quickly. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that without the right people on the ground in Ukraine, nothing (or very little) can be accomplished. When we actually traveled and met with David’s Ukrainian partners – they are courteous, dedicated and professional. But most importantly, we could observe first-hand how their knowledge and connections made the process run smoothly and completed in record time. What by most accounts should have been a nerve-racking and gut-wrenching experience almost seemed like a vacation. We felt safe and completely taken care of.
Everyone’s experience is unique and different. Every case and every family have their own unique challenges. David does not control the process, nor does he pretend to be in control of it. From the very beginning he was very honest with us about the uncertainly of the process. He never sugarcoated the truth and never made any guarantees to us. And though we were terrified of making emotional and financial commitments without having any guarantee of what a final outcome would be, we appreciated David’s direct approach and his honesty. The truth is – everyone going through this process will have to take emotional and financial risks! Not even David’s Ukrainian partners control the process, though they are working tirelessly to minimize and/or avoid any possible obstacles. Most of the time, you are at the whim of some government bureaucrat or Ukrainian domestic politician. Though most families are successful in accomplishing their goals, rules can change at any point and it may leave some families heartbroken.
Despite all of the uncertainty, if you choose to navigate through this complex and treacherous process, David and those he works with are reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy partners. I would recommend working with David to my friends and family without hesitation.
~ A very happy and thankful family