Peas is incredibly fair and NE Assisted, while their donors can go quickly, Barbara is always fair and will tell you what they have and who is waiting. I feel that both Peas and NE Assisted are trustworthy. And what do you know, neither demands money upfront! I truly believe if an agency is good and ethical and they are doing their job, they don't need you to send money to do business with them.
Good luck! It sounds like you are clear and moving in the right direction. I was dumb and trusted some agencies blindly, waiting on information, veriication and other items for ages and then finding out I would never get them.
Only NE Assisted and Peas did proper verification and without cash out of pocket.