The Ponishes decided to choose an international agency while they began their homestudy. In February 2001 they attended a two-day adoption seminar held by their homestudy agency, “A Child’s Waiting” (ACW) of Copley, Ohio, where they would become indoctrinated about BBAS’s virtues.
During their initial homestudy screening, ACW endorsed Building Blocks for Bulgaria and Romania. Unbeknownst to the Ponishes, however, A Child’s Waiting had allied itself with Building Blocks, in a mutually beneficial working partnership.
ACW was founded by two sisters, Jennifer Bessemer Marando and Crissy Bessemer Kolarik. They registered A Child’s Waiting as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) on Jan. 25, 2000, with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Crissy Kolarik and Jennifer Marando are actively involved in the Ohio adoption community through domestic adoptions, foster care and doing international adoption homestudies.
Jennifer and Crissy, on top of running an adoption placement agency, were busy rural ladies. They appeared in an episode of The Learning Channel’s “A Make Over Story” in a segment titled “Farmers’ Daughters”:
Crissy and Jennifer are sisters, best friends and business partners. They grew up on a farm in rural Ohio and now own an adoption agency together. This year marks Crissy’s 30th birthday and Jennifer is planning an unforgettable party. The sisters are poised to demonstrate to their friends and family that beauty definitely increases with age.
According to ACW’s website, Ms. Marando has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling. It states she is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and worked in Child Welfare for seven years. Her “area of specialty” is “attachment and bonding issues in children who have suffered abuse and neglect.”
Ms. Kolarik has a similar educational background with a B.A. in Art Therapy and an M.A. in Counseling. She too is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), having worked in Child Welfare for over six years. It states on the website: “Her area of specialty has been with children that were victims of sexual abuse, as well as children displaying inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Ms. Kolarik’s husband Todd is involved in ACW too; he is an adoption attorney, keeping it all in the family, much like Building Blocks and Richard J. Marco, Jr.