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
How to Register:
Complete the Secure Registration Form to register online. Please pick your date carefully: FIA has a no-refund policy. Your payment can only be applied to the workshop you register for.
Next GAW Info:
Our next GAW will start at:
5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th, 2020,
continuing on Friday, March 6th, 2020 from 8am-4pm.
Hampton Inn & Suites
25 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please join us for this upcoming date. Register early as spaces are limited and fill quickly!
2020 GAW Calendar:
On March 5 and 6, 2020 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Register Now!)
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!)
More Info About the GAW:
If you would like to read more info about this workshop, read his blog post: FIA’s Get Acquainted Workshop — what is it all about?