Begin Your Adoption Process With Our “Get Acquainted Workshop” (GAW)
Is Friends in Adoption (FIA) right for me? — Before you make a decision about whether FIA is right for you, we feel it’s important for you to understand who we are, how we work, what we expect from prospective adoptive parents, and how we view the adoption process. There’s so much to tell!
So we ask you to start our journey together at the “Get Acquainted Workshop” (GAW). This in-depth workshop will give you a chance to meet our staff, ask questions and relax in a casual setting while exploring the adoption options offered by FIA.
Attendance at a Get Acquainted Workshop is mandatory for all pre-adoptive families who intend to work with FIA. This prerequisite workshop is a wonderful educational opportunity that does not obligate you to work with FIA.
The GAW workshops are scheduled 3 or 4 times/year and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the workshop is $395 per family unit. This fee covers all meetings and meals during the workshop. Any other expenses related to travel and/or lodging are NOT included with this registration fee and it’s the responsibility of all workshop attendees to make arrangements for their own lodging and travel plans ahead of time. Staying at the same hotel where the GAW takes place is not required.
This workshop is typically held in the Albany/Saratoga area, which is a convenient location for many of our prospective adoptive families who travel in from many geographic locations, near and far. From time to time, FIA will host a workshop in Brooklyn, NY.
- 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
More Info About the GAW:
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The GAW is a great opportunity to learn about adoption from experienced professionals
Next GAW Info:
Our next GAW will start at:
5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4th, 2020,
Friday, June 5th, 2020 from 8am-4pm.
Hampton Inn & Suites
25 Lake Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
How to SignUp:
Registrations opening on April 27th.
2020 GAW Calendar:
On March 5 and 6, 2020 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Completed!)
On June 4 and 5, 2020 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Registrations Open April 27th!)
On September 24 and 25, 2020 – Location to be Announced
On December 10 and 11, 2020 – Location to be Announced
2019 GAW Calendar:
On December 12 and 13, 2019 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Completed!)
On Sept 25 and 26, 2019 – Tarrytown, NY, Westchester County (Completed!)
May 29 and 30 – Tarrytown, NY, Westchester County (Completed!)
January 9 and 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Completed!)