Concerned Persons for Adoption (CPFA) is a member-based New Jersey non-profit organization, founded over 30 years ago as a support group for anyone concerned with adoption. We stand proudly united under the principle reflected in our motto "Every Child Deserves a Family."
Over these many years we have continued to excel in three areas: as an independent support group, as an advocacy group, and as an educational resource for New Jersey and beyond.
Our independence and scope means that we will not steer someone considering adoption in any one direction, but are able both to give a general overview of adoption and to offer knowledge about many different resources. CPFA does not limit information and support provided to prospective and adoptive families by focusing only on one type of adoption or on adoptions from one country or region. Instead, we bring into focus the big picture of adoption with committees reporting on Domestic, International and Older Child Adoptions. Furthermore, we serve as a clearinghouse for news and information from all agencies and sources.
From the beginning, CPFA defined itself as an advocacy group. To further that goal, we are associated with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), have lobbied for and helped draft state and federal legislation and are a member of the New Jersey DYFS Advisory Committee.
As an educational entity, our history is long and impressive. Our multipage monthly newsletter is sent to all of our members and to New Jersey adoption agencies. Additionally, CPFA recently hosted its 28th "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference. This daylong conference of parents and professionals has gained a national reputation for excellence. We also have a unique adoption awareness program which we bring into high schools each year as well as other outreach programs.
All of this work has not gone unnoticed. Our all-volunteer board members are acknowledged experts within the adoption community and have received numerous awards including, The North American Council on Adoptable Children's (NACAC) Adoption Activist in 1995 awarded posthumously to Janet Levin, The NACAC "Support Group of the Year" award in 2002, and most recently, the Angel in Adoption Award presented to our board members Pat Bennett, Anna Marie O'Loughlin, Jo-Ann Tatz, Dana Fried and Kathleen Strakosch Walz by the U.S. Congress.
As the world of adoption continues to grow and become more complex, most of us have found that locating sources of information and support has significantly contributed to the success of our adoptions. We at CPFA are eager to share our successes and so are here to offer to others our support, experiences, knowledge and friendship.
Please accept our sincerest invitation to join us.
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