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Families asked to put up more money to revive adoption agency

Families whose adoptions were left in the lurch when Ontario-based Imagine Adoption declared bankruptcy two months ago are now being asked to come up with another $4,000 to help resurrect the agency.

In a proposal put forth by bankruptcy trustee BDO Dunwoody Ltd., the families are being asked to pay $2,000 immediately and another $2,000 in March to help complete the agency's incomplete adoptions. Families would then also have to pay the original fees they agreed to for the adoption.

The proposal, released last Friday, now needs to be approved by two-thirds of the creditors, including families. If it isn't, the agency will fold.

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The agency went bankrupt in July with about $3-million in debts and about $650,000 in expenses. Many creditors agreed in a meeting at the end of that month to put aside claims in order to help families still looking to complete their adoptions.

Before the agency went bankrupt, police began investigating the unusual spending records. They included a $3,000 horse and a $2,700 saddle, a $13,000 weeklong hotel stay in New York, two trips to Disney World and renovations to the Cambridge home of executive director Susan Hayhow.

Since the agency went bankrupt, BDO Dunwoody seized control of its assets, including an adoption transition home in Ethiopia where children continue to be cared for.

Another meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Kitchener, Ont.

The BDO proposal also includes a new management team and structure for the agency.

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