Friday, January 23, 2009

Finding Adoption Success

Dear FSA Members,

As we strive to help couples learn ways to make an adoption more likely, we have decided to create a success blog. We would like to post “finding” success stories to motivate and guide couples who want to adopt. If your “promoting” or “finding” efforts led to an adoption and you are willing to share what you did, please send us an email ( with the following information:

- Your first names
- Family picture or picture of your child (This is optional. Our blog will not be added to a search engine and it will not be private, so it is up to you to decide if you want to add a family photo.)
- Date of approval for adoption.
- Date of placement
- What you did to promote your family for adoption.
- What you did that led to a connection with your child’s birth mother.
- How you feel about your experience with “finding”.
- If you used an adoption Web site to make the connection to your birth mom, please share the Web site name.

If you used printed material (pass-along cards, letters, etc.), please consider emailing those to us as well. We are always looking for examples to share with couples. We would like to add more ideas and examples to the Web site.

Please limit your information to two short paragraphs. We welcome links to your family blog and Web sites so that couples can email you if they have questions or want to read your whole story. We are hoping to get the word out about the blog through other FSA blogs and FSA Web sites and networking tools. Our intended audience for this blog is all FSA members who are trying to adopt. There is nothing like a positive adoption story to give hope to those who are trying to build their family. We have seen many wonderful ideas come from FSA couples. We hope you will take the time to share your success with others!

Sincerely, Brad and Brenda Horrocks

FSA Co-Vice Chairs

FSA National Board

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Adoption Alternatives Network

The Adoption Alternatives Network was created to make a personable network of LDS Families that will help children find the right match for their permanent home. It will help to assist adoptive families to prepare for and find children who will thrive in their home.

The Adoption Alternative Network is starting their monthly classes next Thursday, January 22nd. The following is more information about the network and their class schedule. This is a great way to add to your adoption options!

We believe that all home study qualified families can adopt. These meetings are established to help waiting couples to learn about adoption alternatives and to network with other's who have had successful adoption experiences. Even though the adoption alternatives topics listed below repeat, every meeting will be unique and will feature different guest speakers and different success stories about adoption to enhance networking and our understanding and knowledge about adoption alternatives.
Meetings will be held at the North Farmington LDS Stake Center, 729 West Shepard Lane, Farmington at 7:00pm. We have reserved the Relief Society room for our meetings.
All interested families adopting or considering adoption are welcome to attend. Meetings will be held every other month on the fourth Thursday of the month with the exceptions of July and November (see below)

January 22 Designated Adoptions
March 26 Working with other Child-placing Agencies & Attorneys
May 28 International Adoption Options
July 23 Summer Vacations/Holidays---No Meetings
September 24 State Adoption Alternatives and Foster Care
*November 19 Designated Adoptions

*November meetings will be held on the third Thursday