There is NO acceptable reason to lie to adoptive parents! IT HAPPENS by both US agencies, and the international countries of origin. Overseas adoptions are not at all what they once were. MORE THAN HALF, go terribly wrong. ALL children coming from overseas are considered special needs. Be certain you can handle a life of hell before you leap. There is no protection for parents of international adoption. Domestic adoptions can go wrong, but U can at least be assured you have more accurate health information to begin with, you have real opportunity to spend time with the children beforehand, some special needs children may actually continue to be subsidized by the state after adoption, and you do have recourse through the legal system, as an American citizen. Adoptive parents are not assured the same truths by international adoption agencies looking to make a buck. Adoptive parents are required to divulge every honest detail about themselves. Do not be fooled, even nonprofit US adoption agencies with religious affiliations or connotations, have expenses to meet, and employ unscrupulous people. Countries of international adoption lie all the time. They are dishonest about child origins, speculate birth dates incorrectly, and literally make up much of the health information. Some children may have even been stolen from birth parents, or birthed with the intention to relinquish for money. Overseas orphanages acquire considerable amounts of money from the lies they continue to perpetuate. They tend to wait until adoptive parents are in-country before the lies begin to unravel. By that time the hopeful parents have invested a great amount of time, one-sided strong emotional attachments, and much in the way of finances they cannot get refunded. Country orphanages/escorts keep the perspective adoptive parents very busy with additional travel, paperwork, and other sight-seeing diversions, to limit any real bonding time with the children while in-country. Keep in mind orphanage goals are not the same as parents looking for lifelong happy & fulfilling relationships. There are absolutely NO protections once parents have begun to sign paperwork. The US Authorities WILL NOT be of any assistance. If you choose to proceed, you are entirely on your own. Very few US adoption agencies will actually help with adoptions gone severely wrong. They all tend to collect fees for follow-up counseling, post adoption. These are just additionally pocketed fees. Do not expect any help at all, and do not expect these dysfunctional children to understand or love you either immediately, or later on. Most have reactive attachment disorder, in addition to numerous other health & mental health complications. They have not bonded with anyone in their first 3 most critical years of life. They may never fully bond with anyone, therapy or not. Orphanages want these problem children out of their systems, and they are the first to be offered up for overseas adoptions. The orphanages don't want them back, and won't take them back. Healthier children are usually kept in-country. The days of getting adorable healthy kids is over! Accept that an prepare for the worst, and ALL KINDS OF LIES, if you proceed with an international adoption. Other countries may claim humanitarian efforts, but they do not value the life of a child, any more than they do animals. They are still considered property with no real rights or protections. It is just a sad true fact. Buyer BEWARE!!! This info. is true, & I know first hand, how these lies can destroy lives. I am a professional with past agency experience. I could not live with myself if I hooked these adoptive parents into a life of impending disaster. These are lives, not cars or machinery to be traded out, when no longer wanted. Hague treaty laws were meant to protect the rights of children, but really give no assurances. There are no Hague treaty protections for adoptive parents. An overseas adoption sounds like a win-win relationship for both parent and child, but is a total misnomer. No child is ever perfect, but perspective adoptive parents, cannot ethically be lied to under any circumstance. The decisions they make should be based upon factual information. They will be responsible for the lives entrusted to them, and cannot make a well informed decision, otherwise.