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The mission of Families for Private Adoption (FPA) is to provide support and education to those seeking to build their families through adoption.  While FPA is supportive of all types of adoption, our particular focus is in drawing upon our members' collective experience to provide practical help and encouragement to people pursuing domestic, private adoption.  Support and education takes the form of Adoption Workshops, a Buddy Program, a Facebook presence and a Yahoo! eGroup, through which adoptive parents and adoption professionals act as guides, sharing their experience and advice with waiting parents and with each other.  Since 1984 FPA has played an important role in helping to build literally hundreds of forever families.

A non-profit group, FPA is run entirely by volunteers, almost all of whom are parents through adoption.  We are concerned with preserving the dignity of all parties involved in the private adoption process and advocate for the rights of adoptive parents, birthparents and our children.  We actively monitor pertinent legislation and work to maintain private adoption as a legal option.  While our origins are in serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we welcome participation from across the United States.


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Fall 2015 Successful Private Adoption Workshop - Kensington, MD


Saturday, December 12, 2015 (9:00am to 3:00pm)

The workshop equips each prospective adoptive parent with the information needed to successfully pursue domestic private adoption.

A practical "how to" guide to successful private adoption, the workshop's goal is to launch couples and singles on an accelerated path to parenthood.  Experience and advice will be shared by those directly involved with domestic adoption, including adoption attorneys, social workers, adoptive parents as well as a birthmother.


This workshop will cover:

  • Legal information for Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia 
  • How to complete a Home Study 
  • Open adoption or retaining confidentiality 
  • How to avoid a contested adoption 
  • Advertising strategies, including word-of-mouth networking and use of the Internet 
  • Success stories and lessons learned, shared by adoptive parents 
  • A birthmother's perspective 
  • Information about FPA education and support to waiting parents 
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Happy "Birth" Day Celebration 2015


Families for Private Adoption's "BirthDay party will take place on Saturday, September 19th from 1-3pm at Pump It Up in Elkridge, MD

Please see this page for more information: http://www.pumpitupparty.com/elkridge-md

Pizza, drinks and birthday cake will be supplied by FPA. 
It will be a fun way to meet other FPA members and celebrate recent adoptions!
Please RSVP by Friday 9/11/15 to Jonathan Smith at jonsmith20850@yahoo.com with the following information:
- Number of adults
- Number of children and their ages
- Did you adopt your child between September 2014 and September 2015? 


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