IIRC, my brother and SIL had to pay a certain amount in bribes to officials, and there wasn't anything wrong with the papers - it is just a regular thing for adoption in some countries.
I've heard of this, although having chatted with Friend, he says it may or may not have actually been a bribe, but he got the feeling it was. (Everything was done through a translator, who apparently was very good at her job, and also very expensive)
From what my friend said of it, the papers were muddled some how, legally she was theirs, the papers just had something in the wrong place (A signature that should have been on one page but was on another? I don't remember, the child in question was less that 2 years old at the time, and is now almost 10) and they needed someone to look it over and say "Yep, this kid is theirs, the officials all agree she goes with this family to America, we can ignore the mess up because humans are human and sometimes sign things wrong" but the person who needed to do that was not available and wouldn't be for a week, whereas they had a consult with a pediatric cardiologist scheduled for the day after their planned return and didn't want her to miss it, so were told if they would pay some sum of money, they could get a different person who could also sign off that yes this child is theirs to come do so THAT NIGHT instead of in a week.
They did so and got their baby on the planned flight, but it was apparently a very scary process, made harder by the fact that there was a slight chance if her condition got any worse she wouldn't be cleared to fly out until she was recovered some, which would not be easy to have done for reasons I don't fully understand. I do know that she was christened by the family priest in an airport before being rushed off to the hospital for her consult and a minor procedure to help her stay oxygenated. (I want to say it was a blood transfusion but I have idea how that would affect oxygen)
I'm sure there's a lesson in all of this, but to hear my friend say it the lesson is that "Its worth it to pay off officials if it gets my daughter onto US soil" and that probably isn't a nice lesson. But she was a very sick little girl for a very long time, and now she is healthy. Slightly emotionally disturbed and a very cutting, nasty tempered child at times, but healthy.
Friend once said (In private, away from her hearing) that if had known when they started the adoption process what he knows now about how much pain and heartache treating her sickness would be.... he would do it all over again happily, because she is his precious jewel. He does admit that he wishes he hadn't resisted getting her a therapist, but other than that he says every debt, moment of fear and time she yelled and told them she hated them and wanted to die has been worth having his little girl and her siblings in his life.
On a less noble note, he also says all adoptive parents should be allowed two assaults a year on people who say unkind things in front of their children, causing said child to cry. His "favorite" was some strange woman who said, unprovoked, to his daughter (the one from above, he has three girls now) "Well, you're lucky they're gay
and HAD to take you. Otherwise they would have held out for a healthy baby."
This one comment has led to years of worry that she was what "they could get" and led him to telling her the previously mentioned amounts spent to have her in their life and how precious she is to them. Years later he says she still seems to worry that the nasty woman was telling the truth.