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In August of 2012, myself and several other families gathered together the pieces of our broken hearts and all of the evidence we had against International Adoption Guides and filed a SERIOUS complaint with COA, DOJ, USCIS, the EMBASSY, GA, SC, and NC licensure, and the office of Susan Jacobs.
We were entirely certain, based on our evidence, that IAG would be closed immediately and the staff would be arrested.
Then, we watched in horror as 17 months went by.
(This pic was taken from the IAG website before it came down. It is, most likely, a mother visiting her children at the IAG orphanage)
17 months of IAG calling us liars, sending us letters from attorneys insinuating they would sue us for our complaints. 17 months of NEW CLIENTS. 17 months of families being referred not 1, not 2, but 3 unrelated babies within weeks of signing up for adoption with IAG.
17 months of those around us telling us we should stop pestering COA and be "peacemakers" so we didn't "ruin Africa" for others who wish to adopt, while child after child stepped forward and told the same tales of physical abuse in the IAG care centers, or lamented over the families they were taken from.
17 months in which the only office that took any visible action was THE STATE OF SC who promptly removed their licensure after investigating our complaints and finding the agency "office" was actually a fake, empty rented space, and adoptions were being facilitated poolside at Jim Harding's home.
The STATE OF NC licensure office told me they "would not discipline Mary Mooney no matter what evidence I brought them" and that I should be happy with my babies. They denied my complaint, officially and unofficially, over 6 times, and it was in this state that Mary Mooney was licensed.
17 months in which I received a letter from COA saying they had to close their investigation, would not reveal the violations they found, and there was nothing they could do.
17 months in which local friends continued to use and recommend Mary Mooney for services, despite my warning.
Mary and Jim were suddenly arrested.