Families for Private Adoption (FPA), a non-profit, is expanding to Arizona. The mission of FPA is to provide support and education to those seeking to build their families through independent (non-agency) domestic private adoption. Some of the ways in which FPA accomplishes this are through bi-annual workshops, a buddy system to help connect prospective adoptive parents with those who have successfully adopted, and social events throughout the year. FPA is an all-volunteer run organization. The President of West-Coast FPA is Alison England, an adoptive parent and social worker. She has partnered with Heather M. Strickland of MyersStrickland, PLLC to help host the very first West-Coast workshop to be held on April 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College. For more information about FPA and the upcoming training, please visit their website at ffpa.org.
While some prospective birth fathers are supportive of a woman’s adoption plan, others are less involved and some even object to the adoption. Birth parents and adoptive families often wonder how the birth father might impact their adoption, especially if the birth mother is hoping to pursue adoption when the father is unknown, unsupportive or uninvolved in the process.