Friends in Adoption 37th Annual Picnic ~ 2019

We’re so excited that our 2019 Picnic is just around the corner! We are getting lots of e-mail inquiries about the picnic, so we put together this Picnic FAQ. Please read the FAQ and if you have a question that we didn’t cover here, please feel free to e-mail us!

2019 Picnic Info:

When / Where / Time

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 — RAIN OR SHINE

Lake St. Catherine State Park, Poultney, Vermont

3034 VT Route 30 – South, Poultney, Vermont

11:00 am until the park closes

Park Info and Fees: $4.00 for 14 & up and $2.00 for under 14. No dogs allowed at State Park.

Registration: No registration required 
to attend the picnic.

What to bring:

  • Your own lunch and drinks
  • Swimsuit, sunscreen, beach towels, etc.
  • Hula hoops
  • Pop-up Tents

Who can attend?

  • FIA alumni families (grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles, but please no puppy dogs).
  • At the invitation of the adoptive families, birth families are welcome to attend. See more info below.

Birth Parent Invitation:

If you are not in direct contact with your child’s birth family and would like an invitation sent to them, please click here to e-mail us no later than June 10, 2019. FIA will send them an invite.

Should we attend the picnic if we do not hear from our birth family?

YES, YES, YES!!! While the number of birth families in attendance has increased every year, still the majority of the families that attend the picnic (upwards of 150-200 families) — most attend without their birth families. However, there have been hurt feelings in the past when the adoptive family has not heard from the birth family and hasn’t attended, yet the birth family has shown up and been devastated, because the adoptive family wasn’t there. So please if your PACA includes a picnic visit, plan to attend. We promise you will have a great time!


We look forward to seeing YOU at the Picnic on July 20th!

Info on Lodging

Questions? Send Mail

Picnic Highlights:

A Fun Photo Booth!

Facepainting by Cheryl the Clown

Facepainting by Cheryl the Clown


  • Corn Hole
  • Connect Four
... and of course, Dawn’s worldwide famous Hula Hoop Contest!
… and of course, Dawn’s worldwide famous Hula Hoop Contest!

Photos from Past Picnics

FIA Picnic - Photo from 34th Annual Picnic, July 2016
Above: Friends in Adoption Picnic – Photo from 34th Annual Picnic, July 2016

We would love to display YOUR Picnic photos in this page!!!

Please use the following form to submit your 2019 picnic photos to FIA:

If you are using a mobile phone, you may want to try opening this form on a separate window.

Please Share, Thank You!