Monday, July 28, 2008

What You Can Do

Call Washington!

Ask your Senators to act


to reauthorize the

Adoption Incentive Program

to promote adoption

for children in foster care!

Today, more than 129,000 children and young people in foster care are waiting to leave the system – for good – to join permanent families. Every day without a permanent family feels like a lifetime to a child.

The bipartisan Adoption Incentive Program has helped more than 443,000 children leave the uncertainty of foster care to join adoptive families – but unless Congress acts now, it will expire on September 30, 2008. The House acted unanimously to improve and reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Program in late June. Please join us in urging the Senate to act before August recess begins.

Senators on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the nation’s foster care system, will play a key role in promoting safe, permanent families for our most vulnerable children.

Please call your senators if you are from one of the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Utah, Washington.

FREE CALL IN LINE OPEN Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29: 1-888-686-8191. Simply follow the prompts, enter your ZIP code, and you will be connected directly to your Senator’s office.

Urge the Senate to reauthorize and improve the Adoption Incentive Program to promote adoption for children in foster care!

Please help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, family, colleagues, and networks and encourage others to take action today!

Click here to see a downloadable flier.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Birth Mothers & Other Things

Birth Mother Stories

While surfing various adoption websites, I came across these stories shared by birth mothers. They are wonderful stories. If you have some time, click here to read them. There is also a link to on the sidebar of this blog. iChooseAdoption has a wealth of information for birth mothers who are contemplating adoption, and provides answers to many questions that birth mothers (and adoptive families) may have.


FSA National Conference/Georgia Regional Conference

Are you planning to attend the FSA Regional Conference on August 8-9 in Atlanta? We have included lots of information for you in previous posts. We (the Middletons) are planning to attend, and we are also going to be presenting the class on trans-racial adoption. We'd love to see some familiar faces there! When we reserved our hotel room using the special FSA group rate, the woman on the phone was very excited about adoption, and extremely accommodating.

If you are going to attend, leave a comment and let us know. Or, you can email us at


Getting to Know You

We are spread far and wide across the state of Florida, which makes it hard for us to get to know each other. We thought it would be fun to use this site as a way to introduce FSA members to each other. Do you have a blog or a website? Would you like us to post a link on our FSA blog? Leave a comment with the address of your site, or email us at, and we will start a list of links. We can't wait to meet you!