About Friends in Adoption

The Friends in Adoption Professional Team at a recent meeting in Albany, NY
The Friends in Adoption Professional Team at a recent meeting in Albany, NY

Who We Are

Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a non-profit, pro-choice, licensed agency with a focus on helping people make informed decisions concerning adoption. FIA is committed to open adoption, inclusiveness, and providing lifelong support to all members of the adoption triad.

FIA employs a network of dedicated, experienced and caring adoption professionals. Although our administrative offices are located in Vermont and New York, we are able to provide free and confidential adoption services for pregnant women/couples anywhere in the United States.

Our team members are sensitive and skillful in all areas concerning adoption. They are here to listen and assist. They feel a personal connection to each and every adoption.

We recognize that adoption is a life-long process based on trust, honesty and mutual responsibility, and we promote open adoption and provide lifelong support to each member in the adoption triad — placing each child at the center of what we do. We are Friends in Adoption.

What We Do

  • FIA provides free services to pregnant women/couples considering adoption.
  • FIA works with women and men who are considering placing their already born child with adoptive families.
  • FIA assists prospective adoptive families with home study, approval process, and all aspects of pre-adoptive preparation.
  • FIA presents adoption-related workshops for professionals who may be in contact with expectant and/or adoptive parents.
  • FIA is committed to pressure-free, ethical standards of practice.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to keep the central focus on the needs of each child and to provide compassionate adoption services for the unique individuals involved in the adoption process. Friends in Adoption is committed to empowering individuals and families to make informed decisions.

Friends in Adoption is a fully inclusive agency
Friends in Adoption is a fully inclusive agency

The Friends in Adoption Story

Beginnings

Established in 1982, Friends in Adoption (FIA) has championed compassionate adoption practices for nearly four decades. FIA was founded to promote empowerment, open adoption, inclusiveness, and lifelong support. These core values form the basis of how FIA operates and continue to guide the team in everything they do as the agency grows and evolves over time.

Milestones

Dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion, Friends in Adoption is a recognized leader in supporting and serving LGBTQ+ families.

Friends in Adoption has attained annual certification by the Human Rights Campaign since 2013, achieving Innovator status in 2019 and 2020, as recognition of their commitment to providing exceptional service to all individuals, children, and families without discrimination or bias.

Today and Into the Future

Friends in Adoption is a licensed, not-for-profit adoption agency with offices in New York and Vermont. FIA works with individuals throughout the United States and is a full-service agency built on the core values of empowerment, inclusiveness, openness, and lifelong support.

Friends in Adoption is an adoption educator working with a wide network of attorneys, counselors, clinics and hospitals, providing training, outreach, and education. Friends in Adoption believes it is of the utmost importance to listen to and hear the important voices of the adoption triad.

Friends in Adoption’s Executive Director is Tara Saltis, who has been part of FIA’s leadership team since 2004. She works closely with the FIA team to ensure that every person in the adoption triad’s needs are met. Tara is constantly evaluating internal processes to make sure that adoptive parents are supported every step of the way and that their costs are kept affordable. She also oversees the systems that ensure that birth parents have the care, guidance, and empowerment they deserve. In addition to carrying the FIA torch and providing ongoing post-adoption support, Tara is especially passionate about raising adoption awareness and is creating educational opportunities to that end, on an ongoing basis.

Thousands of families have been brought together by Friends in Adoption, and thousands more individuals and families have benefitted from FIA’s guidance and resources regardless of ultimately choosing adoption or another path.

Friends in Adoption is honored to be a positive force in so many adoption journeys. FIA continues to further its mission of providing compassionate adoption services, centered on the well-being of the child and tailored to the unique needs of all involved in the adoption process.

To contact Friends in Adoption, go to: https://www.friendsinadoption.org/about-and-contact/forms-central/

Handsome, happy Evan, Brooklyn, June 2013.
Handsome, happy Evan, Brooklyn, June 2013.

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