Adoption Blog by Friends in Adoption

How to Adopt a Child – Free Info Session – June 4, 2016

Friends in Adoption (FIA), a licensed, not-for-profit domestic infant adoption agency with a 30 plus year history, is holding a free informational meeting to educate prospective adoptive parents about adoption.

Please join Friends in Adoption for a free informational meeting on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am-12:00 p.m. at 231 Front St. Suite 201 DUMBO Brooklyn, NY 11201 (F Train to York ST).

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Birth Mother’s Day Celebration on May 7th, 2016

Saturday, May 7th is Birth Mother’s Day. Circle of Love, an adoption support group for birth parents, would like to celebrate and honor the amazing women that birth mothers are. Please join us for a catered lunch and great conversation on Saturday, May 7th at 11:30am in Clifton Park, NY.

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Video: Victor and Yumna

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Victor and Yumna Adoption Profile Video Transcript:

Yumna: Hi, I’m Yumna.

Victor: And I’m Victor.

Yumna: Thanks for looking at our video. We’re very keen to adopt a child, and we thought we’d tell you a bit about our selves, our lives, our values, and what we want for a child.

Victor: We’re both teachers. We live in Vermont, and we both teach at a college there, a small college in rural Vermont.

Yumna: And we both teach English, teach literature. That’s what brought us together, and it’s something we would really like to share with a child.

Victor: Education is one of the things that we value… My grandfather read to me every night, and my mother as well. I started out as a high school English teacher in Baltimore city, before moving to Vermont with Yumna to teach college there.

Yumna: We love the outdoors. Domino is always begging us for walks so we go for hikes with him in the woods right next to our house.

Victor: Domino is our dog.

Yumna: Yes. And we are lucky to live in a town that has so many cultural events thanks to the college, but we actually have a place in Montreal and we appreciate that for its cultural diversity.

Victor: In the summers there are a lot of outdoor festivals that we like to attend. And in the park just in front of our building there is a Christmas fair in which they sell trees and they also have local music groups that come and play traditional Quebecois music, which I am particularly fond of. I play the violin, not too well, but I’ve played since I was a child, and it’s one of the things that I’d like to do with a child of my own—to share my appreciation of music.

Yumna: We have friends who have children and one of the things that we really enjoy doing is going for walks with them, and having picnics with them, and meals with them, so we would join in with a child, into a circle of friends that we already have who have children. We would want to raise a child to really pursue his or her own interests, and we would try our best to provide an environment that will help them do that.

Norma: Hi, I’m Norma. I’m a friend of Yumna and Victor’s, and I’ve known them for many years now, and know them quite well. They’ve been dedicated long-time friends, always supportive, always caring. I know how much they want a child, and want to care for and look after a child, and they would make amazing parents. It’s evident from the friendships that they have, from their care for their dog, their care for their living space, and everyone who knows them.

Yumna: So thank you for watching this video. We hope that you’ll reach out to us.

Victor: We’d love to talk to you.

Yumna: Yes, we’d love to talk with you more, we’d love to meet you, and you can reach us easily through Friends In Adoption.

Victor: Thank you.

About Us

Hello! We are Victor and Yumna. We honor your strength and courage as you consider the many choices before you. Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us. We are eager to welcome a child into our family to cherish and to share our love, laughter, and curiosity about the world. In these pages of our adoption profile, we want to give you a sense of who we are. We look forward to hearing from you should you decide to pursue an adoption plan with us. — Victor & Yumna

If you are considering adoption for your child, please read Victor & Yumna's complete adoption profile, with beautiful photos and their personal story, by clicking on the link below:

Victor and Yumna's Adoption Profile | 1-800-982-3678 | Friends in Adoption | http://www.friendsinadoption.org

Victor and Yumna are looking forward to adopting a child!

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Learn How to Adopt a Child at FIA’s GAW Adoption Workshop

The Next GAW is May 6, 2016!

Friends in Adoption (FIA) will be in Saratoga Springs for the next Get Acquainted Workshop on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Hear adoptive parents tell their experience working with FIA
  • Q&A with birth mothers and/or birth families
  • Meet FIA staff, social workers & other adoption professionals
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Merry Christmas!

Hello Friends ~FIA received a Holiday card this year that summed up everything we hoped to say in our annual holiday note.To All  ~"Let there beLAUGHTER JOY SMILES PEACE HOPE~wishing you happiness that never ends."We wish to have all experience LAUGHTER, JOY, AND SMILIES in your life's.   To our  waiting families, it is our HOPE that  your baby will...
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AmazonSmile Brings a SMILE to FIA!

On #GivingTuesday, please make a donation to Friends in Adoption, or sign up with AmazonSmile & Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Friends In Adoption whenever you shop on AmazonSmile!

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Thinking about adoption? Register for the 2015 APC Adoption Conference

One of the biggest and most helpful adoption education events of the year is coming up on Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. The Adoptive Parents Committee, Inc. (APC) is proud to announce its 35th Annual APC Adoption Conference. More than 500 people are expected to attend this all-day event. There will be more than 70 workshops given in five sessions.

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Annual Giving More Through Adoption Birth Mother Retreat

Each birth mother is as unique as the circumstances leading to that woman’s choice to place her child for adoption. One common thread for birth/first mothers is that adoption is a life-long decision. Life post-adoption is a journey, often with ups and downs, and support along that journey is very helpful. Many women find support in birth mother support groups, and FIA is pleased to spread the word about an upcoming birth mother retreat on November 13-14, 2015, in Clifton Park, NY!

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FIA Night at the Albany Devils’ Hockey Game – Sunday 11/01/15

Please come join Friends in Adoption (FIA) family and friends to celebrate National Adoption Month and a great Albany Devils' hockey game vs. the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3pm. This Adoption and Foster Families Group Outing event is both a great networking and post-adoption opportunity to celebrate positive adoption connections.

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Video: Julie and Mark

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Video Transcript:

Julie: Hi, I’m Julie

Mark: and I’m Mark

Julie: Thank you so much for looking at our video, which is actually filmed in our home. We would love to raise a child here, any child in need of adoption, and in need of a loving family. We live in a quiet neighborhood on a pretty and safe block, with lots of families and children, and we would love to raise that child here.
We both come from big families. We have lots of cousins and nieces and nephews, and we would love for that child to be apart of the family and be surrounded by all of that love and support.

Mark: Julie is very kind and nurturing, and I know she would make a great mother.

Julie: Mark is actually a great guy. He is patient, loving and kind. I know in my heart he’d make a great father and a great role model. Thank you again so much for looking at our video. We know it’s a hard decision for you. Hopefully, you choose the right adoption plan that best fits you. God bless you and we wish you peace and happiness. Thanks again!

Mark: Thank you!

About Us

Hello! We hope that our story will give you an idea of who we are, who our family is, as well as all the love that would surround a child in our lives. We would treasure having a child to love, protect, guide and nurture. We admire your courage and strength as you consider adoption for your child. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for considering our adoption brochure. We wish you love and peace. To learn more about us, please read our adoption profile. Thank you.

If you are considering adoption for your child, please read Julie & Mark's complete adoption profile, with beautiful photos and their personal story, by clicking on the link below:

Julie and Mark are looking forward to adopting a child!

Julie and Mark are looking forward to adopting a child!

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Video: Deana, Ryan and Ian

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About Us

HELLO! We are Deana, Ryan and Ian. We hope that this video gives you a glimpse of who we are as a family. In our home, we laugh often, act silly, eat minion-shaped pancakes, cuddle for bedtime stories, pretend to be ninja turtles, value kindness, and love with all our hearts. We understand that as you explore adoption profiles you are faced with a difficult decision, and we wish you comfort in whatever choice you make. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. To learn more about us, please read our adoption profile. Thank you.

If you are considering adoption for your child, please read Deana, Ryan & Ian's complete adoption profile, with beautiful photos and their personal story, by clicking on the link below:

Deana, Ryan and Ian's Adoption Profile | 1-800-982-3678 | Friends in Adoption | http://www.friendsinadoption.org

Deana, Ryan and their son Ian hope to adopt a child and grow their family.

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Video: Robert, Nathan and Virginia

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Video Transcript:

Nathan: Hi, I’m Nathan.

Robert: And I am Robert.

Virginia: And I’m Virginia.

Nathan: So by now we figured you’ve looked at our profile, you've learned a lot about us, about us as individuals, as a couple, as a family with our daughter, and our extended families, our friends, our home, all the different things we like to do — but this video gives you a chance to hear us and see us moving, and us a chance to tell you even a little more about ourselves.

Robert: We're really excited to expand our family. We really enjoy being parents and we hope to become parents again. We love all aspects, i think, of parenting — even some of the aspects that people don’t really like but we like them!

Nathan: Yeah, having a child can be a handful but you take the good with the bad and really all of it is kind of a roller coaster ride that is a lot of fun. Really, in the end. I mean, we love roller coasters so actually any roller coaster ride would be great for us.

Robert: That’s true.

Nathan: But, the child roller coaster ride is full of more ups and downs than a regular roller coaster.

Robert: We’re very fortunate to have jobs that allows us to spend a lot of time with our family. I work at Harvard Medical school as an educator and I’m always able to come home when I need to and to spend a lot of quality time with our daughter.

Nathan: And I’m a TV producer and I work very close by and I’m able to go to events at our daughter’s school, which I think is a really important thing for us to do as parents — Be there for the first day of school, pickup, whatever. Anyways, we’ve been talking about being parents, why don’t we bring Virginia in to meet you!

Nathan: How old are you going to be soon?

Virginia: Five! I got this at the party that I had yesterday.

Nathan: Yeah…

Virginia: *whispers* Who are you making it for?

Nathan: What did you say?

Virginia: *whispers* Who are you making it for?

Nathan: For what?

Virginia: *whispers* The video.

Nathan: Oh, we’re making this for a birth mommy. Just like your birth mommy.

Virginia: *whispers* — Inaudible —

Nathan: Yeah, that may have a baby that we make part of our family. Would you like to have a little baby in our family?

Virginia: Yeah! And I will give her this!

Nathan: Or him.

Virginia: Or him or her, this.

Nathan: That would be nice. Alright honey, we love you very much and we’re happy you’re part of the video and part of our family. So we hope to hear from you.

Robert: Bye!

Nathan: Bye! Want to wave Virginia? Bye!

Virginia: Bye, I love you!

About Us

HELLO! We’re Robert, Nathan and Virginia and we are so glad that you’re taking some time to read about us. Through the gift of adoption, we were blessed with our wonderful, beautiful daughter who has brought incredible joy to our lives. We’re all ready to share our lives and adventures with another special child and hope that from reading our adoption profile, you’ll learn what a caring, loving and fun family we are. We gratefully welcome the chance to meet you.

Virginia came home to us through the gift of adoption in 2010. She transformed our lives more than we ever expected. We truly appreciate every day as parents. Our easy-going nature and ability to adapt to the challenges of life have helped us make a home that encourages creativity, joy, compassion and an abundance of love.

If you are considering adoption for your child, please read Robert, Nathan & Virginia's complete adoption profile, with beautiful photos and their personal story, by clicking on the link below:

Robert, Nathan and Virginia hope to adopt a child and grow their family.

Robert, Nathan and Virginia hope to adopt a child and grow their family.

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Resilience in Adoption

The words resilience and adoption go hand in hand. Each person in the adoption circle: birth parent, adoptive parent, and child, need resilience because adoption by its nature involves the experience of profound loss. Resilience also allows people to experience healing and profound peace, joy and love.

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Love wins!

Friends in Adoption is thrilled with today's SCOTUS decision on Marriage equality. We congratulate all of our gay, lesbian, transgender and ALL TYPES of families in this very important, historic victory today! Love wins, all families win, all children win!

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When is adoption “done right?”

When is adoption “done right?” Sometimes it is easier to think about the ways something can be “done wrong” in order to be sure we get it right. Any time adoption is not informed by respect and truth, or when it is not voluntary for a placing parent, it is done wrong. Any time adoption moves forward without regard for the (...)

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Thank you Senator Gillibrand for “Every Child Deserves a Family”

LGBTQ & Adoption: "Every Child Deserves a Family" — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced federal legislation that would ensure that LGBTQ individuals and couples have the same adoption rights as heterosexual individuals and couples do. In the news, two Friends in Adoption (FIA) families were recently featured in stories related to this proposed law.

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Learn How to Adopt a Child at Adoption Workshop – June 19, 2015

Our next Get Acquainted Workshop (GAW) is on June 19th 2015! Hear adoptive parents tell their experiences, have Q&A's with birth moms, meet FIA staff. Friends in Adoption (FIA) will be in Saratoga Springs for the next Get Acquainted Workshop. Register Now and join us to learn about adoption!

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