When we watched the Alabama 13 news report about the Dangers of Overseas Adoptions a few weeks ago there was something that stood out to me.
It was a picture on the wall during Linda White’s interview with Herbie Newell, the Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services. The picture was so central to the screen for a while it seemed like an extra participant in the interview.
See what I mean?
After a few seconds, I realized I had seen this picture before…and I was a bit confused about why it was hanging in the Lifeline office. Confused, that is, until I understood the connection…and just how small the adoption world actually is.
This picture is Chuck Johnson’s professional portrait. I was familiar with it because I had seen it on the Council on Accreditation’s website.
While his primary job is President and CEO of National Council for Adoption, he serves on the Board of Directors for the COA. The COA, if you remember, is the non-profit responsible for adoption agency accreditation under the Hague. They work closely with the State Department and it is the COA who handles complaint investigations. The COA has been handling the investigation of our complaint against Lifeline since we filed it almost five months ago.
Here’s the tricky thing…and the reason this picture ended up in the frame of our news report…Chuck Johnson, board member of the entity responsible to investigate our complaint against Lifeline, is the former Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services.