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From: kippaherring on 12 Sep 2007 08:29
Adoption agency investigation - Part II
By Sarah Wallace
Monday, in an Eyewitness News Investigators special report, we
introduced you to prospective parents who say they are the victims of
a bait-and-switch adoption scheme. It has led to a lot of heartbreak.
In Part II of our Investigators' report, we look at whether or not
there is a pattern in the alleged scheme.
The Investigators' Sarah Wallace has more of her exclusive.
It is hard to believe, but there is no national monitoring of inter-
country adoption agencies. Some states regulate, but it's very loose,
and Internet postings have created a whole new issue.
But the Internet has also allowed families connected with one
controversial adoption agency to find each other. Now, the director is
missing and a criminal investigation is underway.
"I thought, could this be my child, because it sure does look like my
child," Ann Young said.
Young, of Long island, found out by chance that the baby girl her
family was about to adopt in Eastern Europe had been given to another
She just happened to be reading a blog from a family already in the
former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where the Young's were about to
travel to give biological son Christopher an adopted sister.
"How do we teach him now how to deal with this big major
disappointment? We've had it before, we had two miscarriages, an
ectopic pregnancy, and then we had Christopher," Ann said. "How do we
teach him to get through this?"
So how did it happen? Months before, the Young's had seen a photo
listing of the little girl on the Internet, placed by an agency called
Adoption International Program.
"So, we're on the Internet," Ann added. "I spent days and days and
hours, and then I came upon photo listings. I happened to see this
"I myself was adopted," Ann's husband, Christopher, said. "So it was
time in my life to give back."
They contacted AIP's Director, Orson Mozes, and his wife, the co-
director of the agency. Our investigation found that AIP operates out
of a multi-million dollar estate the Mozes owns in Santa Barbara,
"Orson said, 'No problem, she can be yours,'" Ann said. "'She will be
your baby. She will be for you. I will hold her for you.'"
They put down thousands of dollars, and even though AIP's contract
didn't guarantee them a child, the Young's claim Mozes made them
secure by sending updated videos of the baby.
"I just kept thinking, that oh, that's going to be my sister,"
Christopher said. "I'm going to be with her for the rest of my life."
"People who want a child, they will bond to a picture, and that's what
I did," Ann said.
Months later, still waiting, the Youngs read that other family's
description of the baby they'd just picked up in Kazakstan.
"And I E-mailed Orson and I said, please tell me the family that is
over there adopting this child is not adopting my child," Ann said.
"And his only comment was, 'I'm sorry, a big mistake was made.'"
It's a mistake that's apparently happened to others. We've been in
contact with AIP clients from all over the United States with similar
Sarah: "How do you look at him?"
Client Claudia Wessel: "A con artist. Someone who preys on people's
hopes and dreams."
Ann Reese is an adoption advocate.
"And so an intermediary that says we can get you a child, much less a
specific child whose picture is posted on the internet or given to you
in person is just false," she said.
And there's no federal oversight of inter-country adoption agencies,
which are now increasingly using the Internet. But the Internent also
allowed AIP clients to find each other and share. And when a former
employee sent out a group E-mail, clients began sharing stories and
"It's illegal in the country of Kazakstan to give photos or give
referrals," Wessel said.
"It's illegal by Kasakstan law, but again, Orsen is doing business in
the United States, and he's going to send you out of the United
States," Young said. "He's got the best of both worlds."
Our investigation found that Mozes was previously fired from a Texas
adoption agency and was then sued for allegedly abusing clients,
screaming at them and even threatening to delay their adoptions. The
suit was later dropped.
As for Orson Mozes? He's apparently disappeared, according to his
wife, leaving her to "clean up his mess." She refused to speak with us
on camera, even though we came all the way to California to try to get
some answers for clients.
The attorney for Christen Brown, Mozes' wife, told us, "She's as much
a victim as the adoption clients. The bad guy here is Orson Mozes."
Whoever it is, it's been a painful reality check for AIP clients.
"When we bonded to a picture, we bonded to a fantasy," Young said.
"The reality is, it's better to bond to the flesh and blood."
And they finally did. The Young's gambled that they would get a child
if they went in person to Kazakhstan, and came home with Lia, now 2
"When you see this beautiful child that we have, people are going to
think, what are you complaining about?" Ann said. "We just don't want
other people to emotionally go through what we went through...We
believe in international adoption. What we don't believe in is bait
While the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office launches a criminal
investigation, several of the clients are now hiring civil attorneys
to sue for misrepresentation and fraud.
From: Daniel and Elizabeth Case on 15 Sep 2007 07:02
Here's another one from the TV station in Santa Barbara.
, I know...insomnia...
The District Attorney's office is looking into a local Adoption scam
where parents were promised a child but later received an apology
Adoptive couples from all over the United States are opening up about
their heartbreak saying they are the victims of an alleged baby "bait
and switch" scheme.
The company involved is called the International Adoption Agency and
it's based in Montecito, owned by Orsen Mozes.
A previous investigation reveals that Mozes was previously fired from
a Texas Adoption Agency and then sued for allegedly abusing clients.
He has since disappeared.
KEY NEWS Reporter Joe Gehl reports on two couples who went through
the pain staking experience of being promised a child only to have
their hopes dashed, after spending thousands of dollars.
Story Created: Sep 14, 2007 at 5:14 PM PDT
Story Updated: Sep 14, 2007 at 6:51 PM PDT