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2019 Membership Renewal Drive (quick link) is currently underway!


2017 Legislative Session News: Adoption Tax Credit was saved for at least another year! Thanks to everyone who spoke out, advocated and helped to share the importance of this tax credit.  

Book Launch- Congratulations Alison!

January 19, 2017

FPA's West Coast Chapter President, Alison England launches her book today!  Tandem: A Devotional for Adopting with God in the Lead  has been a 2 1/2  year endeavor.  The book is available through and is available in print and Kindle versions.

Donate TODAY...

November is National Adoption Awareness month and Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2016. Please consider contributing to Families for Private Adoption (FPA) on this day! As a volunteer-run nonprofit, 100% of your donations go directly to educational and support programs and activities for prospective and current adoptive families. We would not be able to provide these resources, such as our Successful Private Adoption workshop, without your support. On Giving Tuesday 2016 (or any time of year) you can help others build their families by donating to FPA: Thank you!

Congratulations Mark!
Lynsay Ayer, FPA President (July 13, 2016)

Please join me in congratulating FPA founder, member, and attorney Mark McDermott on receiving the Friend of Adoption Award from the National Council for Adoption! Very much deserved. The National Council's description of Mark is below.


As an adoptive parent and an adoption attorney who has helped over 1,600 families with their adoptions, Mark McDermott has a perspective that enables him to be sensitive to all aspects of the adoption process. With a practice that spans not only the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area but also nationally, Mark has helped to pass favorable adoption legislation in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia and on the national level.

Mark’s background includes being the former president of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and RESOLVE of the Washington Metropolitan Area. With his extensive background in handling cases in trial and appellate courts, Mark is comfortable representing adoptive parents and birth parents both inside and outside the courtroom. Because Mark is in a unique position to offer both professional and personal insights into many aspects of adoption, he frequently speaks to adoption groups around the country on topics as far-ranging as how to adopt or how laws of the different jurisdictions affect adoption.