NEW YORK (TIP): Friends in Adoption (FIA), a licensed, not-forprofit domestic infant adoption agency with a 30 plus year history, is holding a number of free adoption information meetings throughout New York State, to educate prospective adoptive parents about adoption. The events will be held in Syracuse, Saratoga Springs (near Albany), and Vestal (near Binghamton).

Additional information can be found at In Syracuse: the Adoption Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the DeWitt Community Library, Buckland Room, Shoppingtown Mall, Syracuse, NY. In Saratoga Springs (near Albany, NY): The Adoption Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

In Vestal (near Binghamton, NY): The Adoption Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Vestal Public Library, Lecture Room, 320 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY. One of the pioneers of open adoption, FIA advocates keeping adoption plans focused on the needs of the baby, and respecting the unique needs of all individuals involved in the adoption plan.

“Please join Friends in Adoption for one of these free adoption information meetings, which presents a unique educational opportunity for anyone considering adopting a child,” said Nan Pasquarello, Senior Case Manager at FIA, and one of the meeting presenters. If you are interested in attending an adoption information meeting, you can register by calling Beth at 800-982-3678 or by sending a confirmation email to

Registration is required to ensure enough materials and refreshments are on hand for each attendee. Friends in Adoption is a licensed, not-for profit adoption agency founded in 1982 by an adoptive mother, Dawn Smith-Pliner, who saw that the many needs of adoptive families and birth parents were not being met in adoption situations. From its inception, FIA has been committed to compassionate treatment for all parties involved in an adoption plan.

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Smith-Pliner recognized the importance of educating both adoptive and birth families about adoption and then supporting their freedom to choose the type of adoption that works best for them. These same fundamental concepts still guide this unique, non-traditional adoption agency today. Currently, FIA is a fullservice agency placing an average of 40-50 infants (primarily newborns) annually.

FIA works with pregnant women/couples all over the United States and places children of all races. To adoptive parents, FIA offers introductions to prospective birth parents, support resources, home study referrals and post placement services and counseling. Friends in Adoption welcomes all families and respects all choices made by pregnant women/couples.