For those considering making an adoption plan, placing a child for adoption.
By Deirdre Graham, Community Outreach and Development Manager
Friends in Adoption (FIA) has been helping people make empowered, informed decisions
regarding adoption since 1982. As professionals and members of the adoption community,
we’ve learned a lot during this time. We know, for example, that people consider their
pregnancy options and their parenting options for many, many reasons. We want to ensure that
these individuals can access the tools they need to make truly informed decisions that are
right for them.
That is why we are here to provide a safe, confidential, caring space for people to thoroughly
contemplate all of their options, without any pressure or any judgment.
Whether someone is pregnant, has recently given birth, is already parenting, and considering
adoption as an option—FIA is here 24/7 to help.
At Friends in Adoption we believe:
All pregnant individuals deserve safe, meaningful support—no matter what they
Everyone deserves access to factual, unbiased information regarding ALL options:
parenting, abortion and adoption.
Truly informed decisions are the best decisions.
We understand that these are significant, extremely personal choices, and that they may be
really difficult to make. This is precisely why we operate the way we do: offering non-directive
support, respect, and compassion. Furthermore, we will always fully support & honor the people
we work with, no matter what they ultimately decide.
Our experienced and caring staff can help make safe, ethical and reliable referrals to support
any decision made, whether that choice is parenting or abortion. Over the years FIA has built a
strong network of professionals in the community and we are well-equipped to help make these
connections to support all decisions. If adoption is chosen we will provide non-directive,
compassionate, lifelong support and service—although there is never any pressure to fully
commit to an adoption plan.
It is important to understand that our entire approach as an agency is built on a foundation of
empowerment and informed choice. From this place, we can best assist the people we are
privileged to work with: to listen without judgement or pressure, and to fully support the
decisions that they make for themselves.