Sunday, July 02, 2006

INVESTIGATION

In my last post, I mentioned an adoption agency, Foundations of Light Ministries, which we'd found about while visiting their booth at Atlanata Pride last weekend. We'd looked at their website, hoping to get information, but their site is poorly built and didn't have much available. So, we called and R spoke with someone who explained how things work and said they'd mail us a packet of information. Sure enough, within two days, we had paper information.

Something about it seems really fishy, I can't explain it. Like, it's too good to be true. Also, the only contact information we have is a PO Box address and a 1-800 telephone number. So, I decided to do some investigating.

I contacted the Better Business Bureau. They confirmed that the PO Box address I had was legitimate, but that it's not listed under the name Foundations of Light Ministries. And, BBB had no record of the 1-800 for the organization. The woman I spoke with said that it's not enough to prove the organization is not legit and they'd really only have any information if they'd received any negative reports or complaints. Since they hadn't had any negative reports, they didn't have anything on file. That woman suggested that my next step should be to call the business license office to check if they even had a business license. I haven't done that yet, but I will.

Anyway, I'm left having not the best impression. And I just had to share, since several people have emailed to ask me to pass along information. I'll post more about my "investigation" as it goes along.

1 comment:

Christina Taylor said...

Hey J :o) I have a lot of experience with the whole "business licensing" thingy because I work for a company who offers that to our clients in NC and SC. I checked this company out on the Georgia Secretary of State's office (most every state has info open to the public on businesses) here:

https://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/SearchResults.asp?FormName=CorpNameSearch&Words=Starting&SearchStr=foundation+of+light


and it appears that this non-profit corp. "tried" to file their formation documents in GA on 5/8/2006 and that the filing was "disapproved" for some reason or another. This could simply mean that they didn't fill the form out correctly, left info off, paid the wrong registration fee, etc. The only thing that raises my eyebrow on this company is that they JUST now tried to file their registration to "do business" in GA. This means that they are just now either starting to do business or have been doing business without the proper qualification to do so yet. Just something to think about since you were wanting to find out more about this NP corporation. Hope this helps! :o)


Christina