Adoption Agency: Information on How to Adopt a Child with Friends in Adoption

“I Want to Adopt a Child with the help of Friends in Adoption. But Where and How to Begin?”

We at Friends in Adoption (FIA) are always very happy to hear when a family reaches out to us saying that they are ready to start their adoption journey, and that they have chosen FIA as their adoption agency of choice. So if you are considering signing up with us, we ask you to start our journey together by attending our Get Acquainted Workshop (GAW). “Why?”, you may ask. Because 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!

photo of Jessica, Jason,and Lucas at a recent GAW
The GAW includes actual stories shared by adoptive parents and by birth parents.

“So What Exactly is the Get Acquainted Workshop All About?”

The Friends in Adoption’s Get Acquainted Workshop (GAW) is an in-depth, all-about adoption, workshop designed especially for hopeful adoptive parent(s) candidates. If you’ve ever wanted to know more than you know today about adopting a newborn or infant child, the GAW is for you. It’s an experience. It’s a Master Class in everything you need to know to be successful if you’ve ever thought about building your family through adoption. Adopting a child is a life-changing decision, and the more you know before hand, the more empowered and prepared you will be as an adoptive parent.

Attendance at a Get Acquainted Workshop is only mandatory if you intend to adopt a child with FIA. After attending the workshop, you are not obliged to work with FIA; however we are confident you will leave the workshop fully informed about what adopting a child is all about.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Hear adoptive parents tell their experience working with FIA
  • Q&A with birth mothers and/or birth families
  • The GAW is a great opportunity to learn about adoption from experienced professionals
  • Meet FIA staff, social workers, attorneys, and other adoption professionals

The GAW will also give you a chance to meet our staff, ask questions, and relax in a casual setting while exploring the adoption options offered by FIA. The workshop is a wonderful educational opportunity about the adoption process.

“When and How is the Next Workshop Taking Place?”

SAVE THE DATE! Our Next GAW will be either on location at a hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY or via Zoom

Friends in Adoption is committed to meeting you in person, but we are also committed to everyone’s health and safety first. We will announce whether our September workshop will be held in-person or via Zoom in early August. If you need to make arrangements regarding travel plans, you may block the dates off your calendar for now, but perhaps wait to book hotel/airline until we know more about the state of the pandemic.

NEXT GAW DATE: September 24 & 25, 2020. Registrations will open on August 3rd, 2020

“What is the fee to attend the workshop, and what does it cover?”

The cost of the workshop is $395 per family unit, for up to 2 people (a couple or a single individual with a support person/guest). Friends in Adoption is a non-profit organization and this fee helps FIA offset some of the costs related to hosting the workshop.

“What do I need to do before the Zoom workshop starts?”

It’s the responsibility of all workshop attendees to make arrangements to assure they have the following ready to go: 1) a computer which is properly working; and 2) access to a fast and reliable internet connection. We highly recommend you test-drive Zoom a couple of times prior to the workshop so you can be familiar with how it works. Also make sure to update your computer software ahead of time so it is running smoothly during the GAW, and if possible have a backup plan just in case.

Read Reviews about the GAW:

Click Here to Read Testimonials from others who have attended the FIA GAW.

We Adopted a Child!

Meet families who have successfully adopted a child with FIA.

How to Register:

Registrations Opening on August 3rd. Complete the Secure Registration Form to register online. All registrations are final and non-refundable, so before registering make sure to check your calendar to ensure you are available to participate at the workshop dates (as announced on this page), and also please make sure to read our non-refund policy (available during registration). Your payment can only be applied to the workshop you’ve registered for.


GAW Agenda

Thursday Evening
September 24, 2020:

  • Orientation
  • The Voices of Adoption Video Series
  • Prepping for Friday

Friday All Day
September 25, 2020
From 9am to 4pm

  • Introductions
  • Steps in Joining FIA
  • Home Study
  • Application
  • Profiles
  • Once you are Active
  • Case Management
  • The Matching Process
  • Financials
  • Birth Parent Story
  • Adoptive Parent Story
  • Visible Adoption
  • Resiliency
  • Case Scenarios
  • Post Adopt Panel
  • Wrap Up

“If I cannot attend the upcoming workshop, will FIA be scheduling another one soon?”

The GAW workshops are scheduled 3 or 4 times/year and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Upcoming dates are announced on the FIA website, blog, and Facebook page. Stay tuned!

FIA Proudly Stands as a “Fully Inclusive Agency”

Friends in Adoption welcomes all families. Throughout our workshop, we will explore FIA’s core values: Openness, Empowerment, Inclusiveness, and Lifelong Support.

Above all, the GAW is a safe space for all participants as they learn more about adoption with the support, respect, and empathy of professionals.

Recognition logos by HRC, Human Rights Campaign
Friends in Adoption is a recognized Leader in supporting and serving LGBT Families. Presented by FIA has been recognized in Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare — partnered with the HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) project to improve the services they provide to the LGBTQ community, including prospective foster and adoptive parents.

“I Want to Place My Child in an Adoptive Home with Loving Parents. Did I find the right website?”

Yes! Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a licensed adoption agency and we can help you by offering free adoption resources, guidance without judgment, counseling without pressure, and paid living expenses as allowed by State laws. The final decision will be yours to make. However, this particular page was not written for your needs, so if you are reading this as you are either pregnant and currently considering adoption as an option for your unborn child or are considering finding adoptive parents for your newborn, infant, or toddler, you can access free resources and information written specifically for birth families on our main website.

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