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Pride Week 2014

This past week the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community and their allies celebrated Gay Pride throughout the country. On Monday, June 23, 2014, located nearby in Yonkers, NY, Mayor Mike Spano proclaimed that last week was Gay Pride Week in Yonkers and proceeded to raise a rainbow flag in front of City Hall—a historic event for the local community.

About 50 people attended the flag raising ceremony, myself included and we are all hopeful that the flag raising will become an annual event to show support of our local LGBTQ community.

Following this historic and exciting event, the 19th Annual Gay Prom took place across the street at the Grand Roosevelt Ballroom on Friday, June 27, 2014. Westchester Jewish Community Services’ (WJCS) very own, Center Lane hosted the annual prom with first-time co-sponsor, Pride Works.

Center Lane is the only program in Westchester County dedicated to LGBTQ youth, ages 13-21 living in and around Westchester County, NY.

Debbie S. Wolf, agency counsel for Forever Families Through Adoption is accepted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)

Family Fun Day 2014May 1, 2014 Debbie S. Wolf, agency counsel for Forever Families Through Adoption is accepted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys(AAAA).

We hope you will help us congratulate our very own Debbie Wolf, for being accepted into The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)! All of us at FFTA are so proud of Debbie, who has been FFTA's agency counsel since 2008.

AAAA is an Academy of approximately 340 members throughout the US and Canada who are experts in the complexities of adoption law and the variety of interstate and international regulations surrounding adoption.

Members of AAAA must maintain their practice according to the highest standards of ethics, competence and professionalism.

CONGRATULATIONS DEBBIE!!!

FFTA's 2014 "Family Fun Day event"

Family Fun Day 2014On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, FFTA held their annual Family Fun Day Bowling event, at the Scarsdale Golf Club bowling alley. In attendance were many FFTA "forever families", along with staff, members of the board, friends and FFTA supporters. Those who attended came from near and as far away as Canada and the Hamptons, despite the bad rains and had a wonderful afternoon.

FFTA was appreciative to have received food generously donated from local restaurants such as Rye Ridge Deli, Starbucks-Rye Ridge, Panera Bread-Port Chester, Cosi’s-Greenwich, EuroAsian Bistro-Port Chester, Villa Rustica-Rye Brook, Park Deli-Port Chester, Club Sandwich-Rye Ridge, Frank’s Italian Restaurant-Port Chester, and Andy’s Pure Food-Rye.

Funds raised continue to support the agency’s passion for finding children their "forever families through adoption", as well as to help fulfill FFTA’s mission to provide free education, awareness and outreach programming to hospitals, schools, prisons, OBGYN clinics, mental health clinics, and other community based service organizations, as well as to serve prospective adoptive parents, expectant parents, adoptees and adoption professionals with parenting and adoption issues. FFTA is looking ahead at an exciting year, having again achieved the Seal of Recognition from the All Children-All Families Human Rights Campaign.

~ Joy, Debbie, Kate, Mark, Devin, Anna, Jackie, Sacha, Jake and Bavani

Human Rights Campaign Awards Seal of Recognition to New York Adoption Agency for Work with LGBT Families

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. earns All Children – All Families (ACAF) Seal of Recognition for LGBT best practices

Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), a NY and CT-authorized adoption placement agency and resource center in Rye Brook, NY, was awarded the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition again by the Human Rights Campaign.  The Seal signifies that FFTA is an organization that is welcoming, affirming and supportive of LGBT families, and has once again demonstrated skill and competency in 10 key areas of best practice.

FFTA originally received the seal in November 2011 during National Adoption Day at the Westchester County Family Court with the Honorable Judge Kathie E. Davidson presiding. National Adoption Day is recognized throughout the United States when an unprecedented number of courts open their doors to finalize the adoptions of thousands of children and celebrate all families that adopt. Judge Davidson has been recognizing and finalizing same-sex adoptions for many years, and joins in congratulating FFTA as the agency once again receives this important honor.

FFTA is truly proud and pleased to continue to place children with LGBT families and to always focus on the best interests of children in need of their forever family. Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director and co-founder of the agency stated, “As we celebrate the awarding of the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition we are not only supporting the LGBT community, but are standing up for ethical practice by removing barriers to LGBT adults who dream of becoming parents and to children in need of a safe, permanent and loving family."

Every day FFTA is committed to treating all persons with respect, dignity and compassion and welcomes all families regardless of race, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or disability.

The All Children – All Families initiative, launched in 2007, promotes policies and practices that welcome LGBT foster and adoptive parents. The program seeks to enhance LGBT cultural competence among child welfare professionals and educate LGBT people about opportunities to become foster or adoptive parents to waiting children. More information about HRC and the initiative can be found at www.hrc.org/acaf.

 

Local Non-profit Gives Back to Support One of its Neighbors

Family Fun Day

Rye Brook non-profit adoption agency and resource center Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), has returned to the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, giving back to the community by volunteering.

Don Bosco serves hundreds of children and youth each week in its after-school and Kids Café programs, providing the children with enrichment, safety and a hot meal, until a parent or guardian returns from work or school. On Thursday December 5, 2013, members of FFTA’s staff visited with the children to provide a fun and festive art activity, inviting the children to make Christmas cards and holiday decorations for friends and family. Assisted by FFTA staff members, approximately thirty elementary school children energetically crafted their special creations, demonstrating focus and creativity in their work.

The children showed extraordinary cooperation and gratitude, while staff from Don Bosco and FFTA engaged with the children and one another with genuine care, warmth and encouragement. The FFTA staff also assisted with dinner service and spent time talking and interacting with the children. Recognizing an important need in their own backyard, FFTA also once again provided much needed items to the Church’s Holy Rosary food pantry, which may serve up to 800 individuals and families each month.

Forever Families Through Adoption continues to be impressed by the services and programming offered to families and the community and feel honored to have connected with such a deserving organization providing such essential services to children and families in need. FFTA is committed to continuing to partner with Don Bosco, and has been inspired by sharing in the spirit and values central to Don Bosco’s mission. For more information about the services of Don Bosco, please visit www.donboscocenter.com.

Rye Brook Adoption Agency Hosts Fifth Annual Food/Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Event at The Crawford Park Mansion

An Evening at Crawford Park MansionOn October 3rd, Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a NY and CT-authorized non-profit adoption placement agency and resource center based in Rye Brook, hosted "An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion," its fifth annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event. Generous local sponsors and auction item contributors were vital to the evening's success. FFTA's Executive Director, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, who founded the agency in 2007 with her husband and adoption attorney, Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., LCSW, was inspired by the generosity and dedication of attendees, community volunteers and contributors. "These collective efforts greatly enhance our ability to sustain and expand our outreach and education efforts in the community for which FFTA receives no fees," said Mrs. Goldstein. Proceeds raised enable FFTA to develop new programming with the continued goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of adoption issues. "Our mission is to increase positive adoption awareness, empower families and serve the community and we pride ourselves on offering services and support to those who need it,"she said.

In addition to FFTA staff, members of its Board, and committed volunteers, also lending support to the event was notable guest Judge Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge of the 9 th District of the Family Court, and Maria Recine, Esq, Court Attorney and Referee. The Judge, who is running for re-election unopposed, spoke about the valuable work of FFTA and the positive impact it has on those it serves.

The event also featured a powerful presentation of families that FFTA helped create, as well as the number of children waiting for permanent homes in the foster care system. The presentation reinforced a simple fact - children belong with families - and highlighted the critical fork in the road when states and government attempt to become substitute parents to these 125,000+ children.

Several local restaurants prepared delicious tasting dishes for the event. Participants included Rye's Morgan's Fish House and Ruby's Oyster Bar; Roasted Peppers in Mamaroneck; California Pizza Kitchen in Scarsdale; Blue Moon Café in Bronxville; and Acuario's in Port Chester. The wine was provided by Aries Wine and Spirits in White Plains. All Star Beverages and Yonkers Brewing Company, both in Yonkers, provided the beer. Gourmet desserts were provided by the Melting Pot in White Plains, and Cerbone's in Rye Brook. Music for the evening was provided by Fred A. Hudson, lll of South Carolina. Additional sponsors transforming the Mansion with graceful finishing
touches included White Plains Linen and Frank's House of Flowers in Mamaroneck, who contributed stunning floral arrangements.

FFTA is excited to welcome back Kate Hope to our staff

While Kate was studying at SUNY Purchase FFTA was thrilled to have her a part of the team as a student intern between 2009-2010. Kate has now returned to accept a full time position as our Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She was born and raised in Westchester County, and loves working for a non-profit that helps her local community. Kate graduated with honors from SUNY Purchase in 2011 with a BA in Media, Society & The Arts and a minor in Anthropology. While in school, she integrated her work with the agency into class marketing assignments and came up with creative new ways for FFTA (still in its early years) to gain exposure. Now, Kate is able to directly apply these ideas to the agency's online presence and work towards increasing client base, community outreach, and handling public relations. Her past professional experience includes marketing, management, event planning, and publishing. Kate also plays a large role in planning FFTA's annual fundraiser, a silent auction and gourmet tasting event to benefit adoption and educational programs. She assisted in coordinating this exciting fundraising event in its first year, and is excited to be back for number five! Additionally, Kate looks forward to answering your phone calls, emails, assisting you with your social media campaign and handling various other administrative tasks for the agency. Please be sure to say hello and welcome Kate back to our FFTA family!!

Sam Karliner, FFTA's own IRONMAN and Board Member, completed the 2013 IRONMAN Triathlon in Lake Placid

IRONMAN Sam Kalriner

July 31, 2013 Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc in Rye Brook and 2013 IRONMAN Sam Karliner from Mamaroneck have exciting newsto share…

Sam Karliner, FFTA's own IRONMAN and Board Member, completed the 2013 IRONMAN Triathlon in Lake Placid this past weekend. Sam not only completed it in his own record time, he surpassed his expectations and finished almost two hours earlier than his first IRONMAN in 2012.

What an exciting event to be a part of! As a spectator the role is thrilling…supporting and cheering for many hours not only our own Sam, but also doing the same for the thousands of others that passed by our cheering section on the way to or from their many miles of biking and running. We continued our support into the late evening hours and for the last finishers after midnight.

A little rain did not dampen the day - with cheering fans and friends along the many miles Sam flew thru the 2.4 miles of water in 1:19, smoked 112 miles of biking in 6:31, and finished with a relaxing 26.2 miles on foot crossing the finish line before dusk!!!

Sam chose to dedicate this 2013 race, IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 28, 2013 to raise awareness and funds for Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA). FFTA is a non-profit 501c3 adoption placement agency and resource center in Westchester County, NY which believes every child has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing, secure, and forever home. FFTA works with families and pregnant women to ensure a smooth and successful adoption, and Sam proudly sits on FFTA's Board of Directors. Through his donation web link, Sam raised over $3,600 for FFTA. . Please consider a donation to honor Sam and his amazing accomplishment.

Sam and Jill Karliner adopted their twin sons, Elliott and Jacob, 18 years ago and created a family. Today, their home and lives would not be complete without them. Nearly 60% of Americans are touched by adoption in some way.

Adoption enabled Sam to create his family. However, like the IRONMAN, the road to adoption can be a challenging one. There are times it seems like you'll never reach your dream. Both the IRONMAN race and the adoption process require you to dig deep, to persevere — especially when things get tough. Most of all, both are a journey made possible by the love and support of family and friends.

Sam made a huge commitment to train for the IRONMAN. Each stroke in the water (covering 2.4 miles), each push of the pedal (covering 112 miles), and each foot to the pavement (covering 26.2 miles) brought Sam closer to his goal. He covered the 140.6 miles with a triumphant finish accomplishing this goal and proud to be called an IRONMAN finisher!!

Local Non-profit Gives Back to Support One of its Neighbors

Family Fun DayRye Brook non-profit adoption agency, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), has returned to the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, giving back to the community by volunteering with this special local community-based non-profit. Don Bosco serves hundreds of children and youth each week in its after-school and Kids Café programs, providing the children with enrichment, safety and a hot meal, until a parent or guardian returns from work or school.

On Valentine's Day, Thursday February 14, 2013, members of FFTA's staff visited with the children to provide a fun and festive art activity, inviting the children to make Valentines' Day cards and decorations for friends and family. Assisted by FFTA staff members, approximately twenty elementary and middle school children energetically crafted their cards, demonstrating focus and creativity in their work. The children showed extraordinary cooperation and gratitude, and staff at Don Bosco engaged with the children and one another with genuine care, warmth and encouragement.

The FFTA staff also assisted with dinner service and enjoyed spending time talking and interacting with the children as well as Don Bosco staff. Recognizing an important need in their own backyard, FFTA also once again provided much needed items to the Don Bosco/Holy Rosary food pantry, which may serve up to 800 individuals and families each month.

Participating staff members at FFTA continue to be impressed by the services and programming offered to families and the community and feel honored to have connected with such a deserving organization providing such essential services to children and families in need. FFTA is committed to continuing to partner with Don Bosco, and has been inspired by sharing in the spirit and values central to Don Bosco's mission.

FFTA's 2013 "Family Fun Day event"

Family Fun DayOn Sunday, February 10th, FFTA held their Family Fun Day event, the second such fundraiser at the Scarsdale Golf Club bowling alley. In attendance were many FFTA "forever families", along with staff, members of the board, friends and FFTA supporters. Those who attended/donated came from near and far despite the recent snow storm and had a wonderful afternoon.

FFTA was appreciative to have received such generous items donated as raffle prizes including those from local merchants such as Zaltas and Jessica Elliott Designs. The delicious food and desserts were generously donated by Hash-O-Nash in Mamaroneck, California Pizza Kitchen in Scarsdale, Club Sandwich, Rye Ridge Deli, A & S Deli and Sichuan Pavilion in Rye Brook, as well as Hand Rolled Bagels in Rye and Cerbone's Bakery of Rye Brook.

Funds raised continue to support the agency's passion for finding children their "forever families through adoption", as well as to help fulfill FFTA's mission to provide free education, awareness and outreach programming to hospitals, schools, prisons, OBGYN clinics, mental health clinics, and other community based service organizations, as well as to serve prospective adoptive parents, expectant parents, adoptees and adoption professionals in parenting and adoption issues.

FFTA is looking ahead at an exciting new year, having achieved successful Hague reaccreditation, expanded intercountry services, and a continued commitment to giving back to the local community, there is much to be excited about. Please keep in touch and continue to visit FFTA's website, blog and upcoming calendar of events. Remember, FFTA is on Facebook and Twitter!

~ Joy, Debbie, Anna, Dustin, Jackie, Anika and Bavani

FFTA's WGCH 1490-AM Radio Interview

Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director and co-founder of FFTA was interviewed this morning on WGCH 1490-AM radio in Greenwich, CT by Tony Savino. Joy spoke about the upcoming FREE information session being sponsored by FFTA on Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Port Chester-Rye Brook library. Joy continued by speaking about the mission of FFTA and the overall trends in adoption.

Local Adoption Non-Profit Proud Recipient of
Westchester Toyota Give Back

January 25, 2013 -Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA) was the proud recipient of the grand prize of the Westchester Toyota 6th Give Back charity campaign on Facebook. The awarding of the winning donation of $1,500 took place at 2:00pm on January 22, 2013 at the Westchester Toyota Dealership at 2167 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. Members of FFTA's staff were present to receive the award presented by the Westchester Toyota Team and were interviewed by local media outlets. FFTA's co-founder and Executive Director, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW expressed appreciation to Westchester Toyota and all those who showed their support by voting on Facebook, "We have an amazing network of support and Toyota made it easy for them to get involved with just a few clicks. We are truly appreciative and couldn't be more pleased." Funds donated to FFTA will help support the agency's community outreach and educational programs in the community. Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA) is a New York and Connecticut-authorized, Hague accredited, private, not-for-profit, adoption placement agency and resource center located in Rye Brook, New York.

FFTA was founded and is staffed by social workers, attorneys, adoptees, and adoptive parents, and believes that every child eligible for permanent adoption, regardless of racial or ethnic background, age, or physical oremotional challenge, has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing, secure, and forever home.

FFTA is committed to treating all persons with respect, dignity and compassion and welcomes all families regardless of race, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or disability.

FFTA Volunteers at Local Don Bosco Center

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, members of the Forever Families Through Adoption staff visited the local Don Bosco Center to spend time with the children in the after-school program.  The Don Bosco Center serves the underprivileged community in the Port Chester, NY area.  The staff hosted a holiday craft activity where the students were able to create their own holiday cards for their families and friends.  Approximately 30 elementary and middle school children, who were full of energy, enjoyed crafting their creative cards and the FFTA staff enjoyed assisting them in doing so.  After the craft time, the FFTA staff assisted the staff of the Don Bosco Center in serving the children their dinners.  As the children ate, the FFTA staff were able to spend time talking and interacting with the children.  In conjunction with their volunteer efforts, the FFTA staff generously donated a trunk-load of food and supplies to the Don Bosco Food Pantry.

Local Adoption Agency Runs Free Art Group for Adoptees

November 21, 2012 - Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), a local adoption agency and resource center in Rye Brook, is running the second session of the Art Group for Adoptees.  The groups are led bi-monthly by Becca Leitman, MSW, adoption counselor and Dustin Lindsey at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rye Brook.  Participants range in age from seven to ten years old.  The group focuses on the expression of emotions through art, and creating an open forum for discussion about the participants' feelings about adoption.  Adoption is the common thread that holds the group together, and is addressed as it is brought up by the participants.

The participants are given art directives during each session which include, creating a group mandala, paper mache masks, and creating superheroes out of clay.  The goals of the Art Group for Adoptees are for children to have fun participating in art related activities, to get to know peers and adults who share the experience of domestic or international adoption, to normalize these experiences and the accompanying emotions, and to develop the skills and self-esteem of each adoptee.

In addition to the art group, Forever Families Through Adoption has been providing workshops on adoption education for hundreds of middle and high school students throughout New York and Connecticut as part of their community outreach programs since 2007. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about registering for FFTA's Art Group for Adoptees or any of the school outreach programs available, please contact Joy at FFTA at (914) 939-1180 or JoyG@ForeverFamiliesThroughAdoption.org.  All correspondence remains confidential.

Rye Brook Adoption Agency Hosts Annual Food Tasting
and Silent Auction Event

An Evening at Crawford Park MansionOn October 11th, Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a NY and CT- authorized nonprofit adoption placement agency and resource center held its fourth annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event, "An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion."

Located in Rye Brook, FFTA hosted the event in the community again this year, following the success of last year's event and in keeping with FFTA's community oriented mission. Generous local participating sponsors and auction item contributors were vital to the evening's success.

FFTA's Executive Director, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, who founded the agency in 2007 with her husband and adoption attorney, Michael S. Goldstein, Esq. LCSW, was inspired by the generosity of those participating and by the dedication of local volunteers and contributors. "All of these collective efforts greatly enhance our ability to sustain and expand our outreach and education efforts in the community for which FFTA receives no fees." Proceeds raised will enable FFTA to develop new opportunities and programming with the continued goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of issues of adoption. "We pride ourselves on our mission to increase positive adoption awareness, empower families and serve the community," Ms. Goldstein stated. In addition to FFTA staff, members of the board, and committed volunteers, also lending support to the event was notable guest New York State Assemblyman George Latimer, who bolstered live auction bidding and spoke about the impact of participation on those served by the non-profit agency.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Honors Executive Director and Founder of Local Non-Profit With Prestigious Angel in Adoption Award

Joy Goldstein & Senator GillibrandForever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a NY and CT-authorized, Hague Accredited, private, non-profit, adoption placement agency and resource center located in Rye Brook, New York, is pleased and honored to announce that Executive Director, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, has been selected by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a recipient of the prestigious 2012 ‘Angel in Adoption’ award. The Angels in Adoption award is presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to select honorees who exemplify the goals and values of the program, of raising awareness about children in need of a permanent loving family.

Recipients were chosen based on their commitment to improving the lives of children in need of permanent loving homes, and are honored for their dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices. On September 11 th in Washington D.C., Joy was presented with the Angel award by Senator Mary Landrieu, a founding member of the CCAI, and instrumental in creating the Angel in Adoption award, believing in the need to raise public and congressional awareness about issues of adoption.

As an adoptive parent of three sons and an adoption professional with over 28 years in the adoption field, Executive Director Joy S. Goldstein co-founded FFTA in 2007 to realize her goal of not only serving children in need, but also to increase positive adoption awareness, empower families and serve the community. As a Westchester native and life-long resident, Joy has worked tirelessly to fulfill FFTA’s mission of uniting children in need with their forever families, and to positively contribute to her community. Joy inspires those around her and is widely recognized in the field for her compassion and her expertise. "I was truly honored and humbled to receive this award. It was heartening and moving to be among so many devoted ‘Angels,’" Joy stated.

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. was founded and is staffed by social workers, attorneys, adoptees, and adoptive parents, and believes that every child eligible for permanent adoption, regardless of racial or ethnic background, age, or physical or emotional challenge, has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing, secure, and forever home. FFTA is committed to treating all persons with respect, dignity and compassion and welcomes all families regardless of race, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, nationality or disability.

Drawing from Joy’s leadership and vision, with a focus on professionalism and service excellence, FFTA seamlessly blends private placement services, community education and awareness programming, and a progressive, inclusive approach to family building through adoption.

To learn more, visit FFTA on the web at www.ForeverFamiliesThroughAdoption.org or contact FFTA by email at adopt@ForeverFamiliesThroughAdoption.org or by phone at (914) 939-1180. To learn more about CCAI and the Angels in Adoption program, visit www.ccainstitute.org and www.angelsinadoption.org

FFTA is 5 years old!!! 

5 years!!!!FFTA celebrated its 5th Anniversary yesterday May 20th at a fundraiser held at the Scarsdale Golf Club bowling alley. Those that attended/donated had a wonderful afternoon along with several staff, Board members, adoptive families, friends, relatives and FFTA supporters. We are proud to have been involved with helping 56 children find their "forever families through adoption". In addition to our placements we believe very strongly in our mission to provide free in-service/education/counseling and outreach to hospitals, schools, prisons, community based agencies, OBGYN clinics, mental health clinics, prospective adoptive parents, expectant parents, adoptees and adoption professionals in all aspects of parenting and adoption issues. This year we began our free art group for adoptees and have received very positive feedback from the parents as well as the participants and plan to offer this free group again in the fall. As we move forward to our next 5 years we are looking towards our COA/Hague re-accreditation to continue to be able to provide international adoption services, both incoming and outgoing, and look to expand the countries in which we work. Please keep in touch with us by phone, email, Facebook and Twitter. We love hearing from all of you and hope you will consider joining us at our next fundraising event {Save the Date} on September 13, 2012 at Crawford Park for our annual wine/food tasting and silent auction. ~ Joy, Debbie, Becca, Anna, Dustin, Jackie, Lizbeth, Ben, and Bavani

FFTA has been interviewed and published in Its Conceivable magazine! 

LGBT Adoption: Interview with Forever Families Through Adoption  ~ Forever Families Through Adoption is a New York authorized and Connecticut-licensed, non-profit 501c3, adoption placement agency and resource center located in the Rye Brook/Port Chester area of Westchester County only 35 minutes outside of New York City. The agency was recognized as a 2011 leader in supporting and serving LGBT families by the Human Rights Campaign's All Children-All Families Initiative. Below, they answer our questions on LGBT adoption, including transgender adoptioninternational adoption, and what to expect if you are a gay or lesbian couple looking to adopt.

FFTA has been published in Adoption Today magazine!

Controversial but the world is a small place... Outgoing Adoptions

When The Hague Adoption Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption, also known as "The Convention" entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, international adoptions in the United States changed drastically. The Convention provides a framework for countries that are signatory to it to work together to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interest of children and to prevent the abduction, sale or trafficking of children in connection with intercountry adoption, according to information here.

Motivating yourself in the New Year!

Now that the rush of the holiday season has drawn to a close, perhaps we are focused on resolutions we have made for the coming year and how to keep them alive. As we begin this new year, we offer several thoughts on staying motivated and inspired, no matter where in the adoption process you may find yourself.

If your dreams of expanding your family have been realized, like most parents, you are probably feeling both fulfilled and exhausted with your new family. If you are just beginning your adoption journey, perhaps all of the new information you are gathering is overwhelming and confusing. Prospective adoptive parents whose process is well underway may be feeling restless and may wonder just how long the rollercoaster ride will last.

Of course, all of these feelings are to be expected and although we are all unique, many of the experiences you have had and will continue to have are shared by many of us. Family building, regardless of the path or outcome, can reveal both our best and worst selves. It can also teach us about what's most important and draw us closer to one another.

So take this time to choose just one step that will lead you to feel more satisfied. Learn something new about your child's birth history or culture and create a special way to share it with them. Take pictures of yourselves everywhere you go even if it's just at the supermarket; you never know where you will take the picture that leads to being chosen by an expectant parent. Finally, reach out to the adoption professionals you are working with to let them know one thing you feel is working, one concern you have had, and one thing you'd like to do differently in the new year as you move ahead. Being more actively engaged often helps quell feelings of anxiety, doubt or disappointment, and may even awaken a renewed sense of purpose and excitement. Here's to a beautiful, peaceful 2012 in which all we set out to achieve is accomplished!

Anna Sandbank, LCSW
Program Director at Forever Families Through Adoption

Bah Humbug to the Holiday Blues

Holidays are supposed to be the best time of the year—filled with joy, laughter, love and family. You may be asking yourself, "How am I supposed to be happy watching relatives, neighbors and friends celebrate such a ‘joyous' holiday with their babies and children and I'm not?" We all hear, "'Tis the season to be jolly", "It's the most wonderful time of the year," and sometimes it's hard to believe.

We understand it's normal to have these thoughts during the holidays and that you may be thinking, "How many more Thanksgivings, Christmases, Chanukahs, Kwanzas or New Years until I/we are parents?" It's very easy to get caught in the whirlwind of emotions that the holiday season can bring and we are here to say, "Don't be a Mr. Scrooge and bah-humbug the season away!" If you need some ideas on how to beat the bah-humbug blues, see our helpful hints for not only surviving, but striving forward throughout the holiday season. And remember—we are always here for you.

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FFTA awarded the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign

All Children - All FamiliesOn Friday, November 18th, 2011, National Adoption Day, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), a NY and CT-authorized adoption placement agency and resource center in Rye Brook, NY, was awarded the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Seal signifies that FFTA is an organization that is welcoming, affirming and supportive of LGBT families, and has met criteria for fully inclusive policies and culturally competent approaches in working with the LGBT community.

National Adoption Day, recognized throughout the United States including in Westchester County provided an unusual opportunity to finalize the adoptions of thousands of children and to celebrate all families that adopt. Among these families were three FFTA families whose finalizations took place at the Westchester County Family Court with the Honorable Judge Kathie E. Davidson presiding. Judge Davidson, who has been recognizing and finalizing same-sex adoptions for many years, joined FFTA staff and Members of the Board, along with notable guests including Patti Lubin, Senior Counsel and Senior Advisor on Public Policy, representing the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Diane Balistreri, Director of Community Services and Senior Manager of the Westchester County Office for Women, representing the Office of the Westchester County Executive, DSS Commissioner, Kevin M. McGuire and Leora Neal, Adoption Training Specialist/CDHS, representing the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, as well as two FFTA families whose adoptions were being finalized, as the agency received this important honor. The Seal of Recognition was awarded by Lori Mcgown representing the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's All Children- All Families Initiative.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY FAMILY COURT HOLDS NINTH ANNUAL ADOPTION
DAY CELEBRATION

Judges will finalize adoptions of 35 children as part of day dedicated to raising awareness
of children in need of their "forever families"

Supervising Judge of the Family Courts for the Ninth Judicial District, the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson and other judges of the Family Court will finalize the adoptions of approximately thirty-five children who will receive their "forever families" on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Ninth Annual Westchester County Family Court Adoption Day.

The purpose of National Adoption Day is to raise public awareness of the approximately 463,000 children currently in the foster care system across our nation, 114,000 of whom are available for immediate adoption. However, of equal importance is not only the celebration of those who have adopted, but also the encouragement of others to adopt, foster, or just to become involved in the life of a child in need of a permanent life connector.

This year, Judge Davidson has asked that the celebration focus on "what is the definition of a family?" As we have entered the twenty-first century, we must view the family, the institution that provides love and security for children with new eyes. That is, the eyes of children. Regardless of a family's race, creed, ethnicity and/or sexual orientation, children only see a family that is opening their heart to them in love. A modern family with many diverse configurations, this new family institution consists of heterosexual couples, single parents, biracial couples, blended families and same-sex couples and has walked through the doors of the Family Court to become forever families.

FFTA to be awarded the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign.

On Friday, November 18th, National Adoption Day, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), a NY and CT-authorized adoption placement agency and resource center in Rye Brook, NY, will be awarded the All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign. The Seal signifies that FFTA is an organization that is welcoming, affirming and supportive of LGBT families, and has demonstrated skill and competency in 10 key areas of best practice.

National Adoption Day will be recognized throughout the United States when an unprecedented number of courts open their doors to finalize the adoptions of thousands of children and celebrate all families that adopt. Among these families are three FFTA families whose finalizations will take place on Adoption Day at the Westchester County Family Court with the Honorable Judge Kathie E. Davidson presiding. Judge Davidson, who has been recognizing and finalizing same-sex adoptions for many years, will join FFTA along with two of FFTA’s LGBT families whose adoptions are being finalized, as the agency receives this important honor.

An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion

Press Release
October 14, 2011

Crawford Park MansionOn October 13th, Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a NY and CT- authorized adoption placement agency and resource center held its third annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event, "An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion." Located in Rye Brook, FFTA hosted the event closer to home this year and stated that the majority of donations came from local businesses and area merchants.

FFTA's Executive Director, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, who founded the agency in 2007 with her husband and adoption attorney, Michael S. Goldstein, was proud and appreciative of the involvement of the community and those supporting FFTA. "Everyone says that contributions to local charities are down this year due to a slow economy, but the commitment and generosity of local businesses has been truly amazing and has made a difference in the success of our agency and the important work that we do. We couldn't be more impressed."

Crawford Park MansionProceeds raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will enable FFTA to expand outreach efforts and to offer a more comprehensive range of services in the community including free educational programming to schools, hospitals, clinics and prisons. "We pride ourselves on our mission to raise awareness of and sensitivity to adoption while increasing access to our unique approach and expertise," Ms. Goldstein stated. In addition to FFTA members of the board, staff and volunteers, also lending support to the event was notable guest, Village of Port Chester Trustee Joseph Kenner.

FFTA is excited to welcome our new Program Director ~ Anna Sandbank, LCSW

We are pleased to welcome Anna Sandbank, LCSW, as Program Director to FFTA. Anna eagerly joined FFTA in July and is looking forward to being an active member of our team. Anna joins us with over a decade of professional experience working in private not- for- profit organizations serving families. With a strong foundation in social work values and practice, Anna has been fortunate to work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and clinics and is proud to be in a new role fulfilling the mission of FFTA. Anna is looking forward to blending her varied strengths and interests in community outreach and education, supervision, program management, and service to our FFTA families.

Originally from Westchester, Anna returned five years ago to spend more time near her family after 15 years in New England. Anna has particular enthusiasm for road trips to explore the beauty and diversity of our area, enjoys listening to an eclectic mix of music, and takes long quiet walks where she does some of her best planning!

Anna is most excited about supporting the families, staff and communities that collaborate with FFTA and to facilitate and nurture new partnerships domestically and internationally as we grow our own FFTA "family."

Welcoming Eliana Misiano as Our Newest FFTA Staff Member

FFTA welcomes Eliana Misiano to the FFTA family. Eliana joined us this spring as our newest Administrative Assistant. She has moved back to New York after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Eliana has both personal and professional experiences in the adoption field and is happy to share her stories with you.

Eliana was adopted from Paraguay and is deeply connected to her adoption story. It has inspired her to work in the adoption field and to help others through the process and support the growth of families through adoption. She believes this meaningful part of her life will help in connecting and working with families experiencing the more difficult aspects of the adoption journey. She has held several intern positions in other adoption agencies, non-profits, and organizations centered on working with parents and children. Eliana has also worked supporting adoptive children and families in exploring their adoption stories and in reunifications with birth families. She herself reunited with her birth family in Paraguay last year.

Eliana will be supervising the post adoption program and helping Dustin with other administrative duties. She looks forward to speaking with you and sharing her experience while supporting you and your forever family.

We Now Pronounce You Husband and Husband; Wife and Wife!

New Yorkers had even more reason to celebrate at this year's 42nd annual Pride Parade in NYC as New York became the 6th state in the US to permit same-sex marriage late Friday evening. The bill was approved on a 33 to 29 vote, as four Republican state senators joined 29 Democrats in voting for the bill.  Congratulations!!

Read more about the 2011 Pride Parade and the passing of the same-sex marriage law by following the links below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/gay-marriage-approved-by-new-york-senate.html?pagewanted=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/nyregion/at-gay-pride-parade-cuomo-is-center-of-attention.html?ref=nyregion

We are proud to be Americans and especially proud to be New Yorkers!!


FFTA would like to introduce you to its newest
staff member, Dustin Lindsey.

Dustin is an Illinois native, born and raised in the city of Moline. You may think that he grew up in the middle of a corn field, and you'd be partly right. He grew up in a metro area of about
200,000 people surrounded by miles upon miles of farmland. In fact, throughout high school and college, he worked in the summers at a tomato farm.

Dustin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gateway College of Evangelism in Florissant, Missouri with a Bachelors in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. While in college, Dustin was honored to hold the position of Student Body Secretary and be a contributing member to both the Conference Committee and the Prospective Student Weekend Committee.

He moved to New York in the fall of 2010 to help start a new church, Authentic Church, in White Plains and at the same time he began his tenure at FFTA. In addition to his latest volunteer efforts at Authentic Church, Dustin has volunteered extensively around the globe.
He spent three months volunteering in Uganda, East Africa and a week in El Salvador, Central America. He also has years of volunteering experience at the church in which he grew up, where he helped out in everything from teaching Sunday School, to assisting in Boy Scouts, to singing in the choir, to writing for the church newsletter and sitting on the Youth Ministry Committee. Simply put, Dustin loves lending a hand in any way that he can.

At FFTA, Dustin has stepped in to the role of Administrative Assistant. Among many other things, you can find him tracking our data and statistics, following up with you on your documents and, answering the phone in Bruno's absence. You can always depend on him for a smile or a friendly nod. We hope you will join us in welcoming Dustin to New York and to the FFTA family!

Rye Brook couple collects shoes to send to orphanage in Haiti

Rye Brook, NY, USA – January 6th, 2011 - Michael and Joy Goldstein are no strangers to the needs of children in peril. As an adoption attorney and executive director of the Rye Brook, NY based adoption agency Forever Families Through Adoption respectively, they have worked all over the world to help connect children with adoptive parents. But now they are turning their focus to providing some children of the world with another basic necessity: shoes.
Working with Dr. Jose Hennessey-Diaz and the Haiti-based Children of Israel Orphanage (www. ChildrenofIsraelOrphanage.org), the two have reached out to friends, co-workers, religious institutions, and students at SUNY Purchase in an ongoing effort to collect shoes for a few of the many Haitian children affected by the earthquake, subsequent aftershocks, and floods that struck the Caribbean nation last January.

Adoption Agency Educates Rye Middle School Students on Adoption

On January 3, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), a local agency and resource center in Rye Brook, sent two social workers, Vanessa Bush and Becca Leitman, to Rye Middle School for a day of interactive adoption education activities for approximately 100 students.

Students shared their knowledge of and questions about adoption. The discussions highlighted topics such as the different types of adoption, the adoption process, making an adoption plan, the steps involved for a pregnant woman/couple who is/are considering adoption, famous adoptees and famous birth parents and adoption language.

Students were eager to share their responses and the room became full of exciting dialogue.

The students then participated in a physical activity called "step the line," where they were asked to step forward in response to statements made about adoption that applied to them.

Bush stated that "It was amazing to see how many students in the classroom were connected with adoption in one way or another; it affects the lives of so many, which just emphasizes, even more, the need for adoption education in the community."

Meet Vanessa our newest Social worker…

FFTA welcomes Vanessa Bush to the FFTA Family. Vanessa joined us this summer after graduating with her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University in their one year advanced standing program. Prior to that, Vanessa completed her undergraduate studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she was involved in every sort of extracurricular activity as possible including student government, residential life, theater, various singing groups, band, etc. It was during the Spring of her senior year at Sacred Heart that she was named the Student Social Worker of the Year for the state of Connecticut by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

When she was not in the classroom or participating in various clubs/activities, Vanessa spent a lot of her time volunteering in the community. Her professional experience ranges from working with young school aged children all the way through end of life comfort care. Her field internships included providing crisis intervention and counseling services at an inner city high school for expelled students and working with immigrants and refugees from the Congo and Burma. Growing up, Vanessa was very involved in her family, school, and community. She was a three sport varsity athlete in High School, playing soccer, basketball, and softball and also enjoyed getting in touch with her creative and musical side by participating in different music groups, doing photography, and performing in her schools theater productions.

Even with her busy schedule, Vanessa always found time to be with her family and friends. Nothing is more important to her than her family and she is so grateful to have such a loving supportive family. Being a small town gal from Maine, where the wildlife population exceeds the human population, Vanessa has enjoyed every minute of being in and around the city, getting lost, maneuvering around the subway system, and appreciating life's diversity.

When people think of Vanessa, they usually have a smile on their face, because the thought of her contagious laugh permeates through their heads. Vanessa shares her daily quotes with the staff and ensures that even during the most trying of times she will do all she can to bring out a smile or an honest to goodness laugh. She has been already making strides at FFTA to ensure that we have a high profile in the community be it either in the hospitals, libraries, schools or local prisons.

Vanessa is a very down to earth woman who appreciates the simple things life has to offer and truly believes that everyone has a purpose in life and hers is helping people recognize the beauty of their world. Be sure to give a warm welcome to Vanessa during one of her many calls or emails that you will be receiving from her.

Evening at Stonewall Pond Charity Event

Press Release
September 2010

On Thursday, September 23rd, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA) of Rye Brook, NY greeted 100 guests under a white tent on a clear night for a gourmet tasting event and silent auction at the Stonewall Pond Estate in Greenwich, CT for a charity event. This was the second annual gourmet event benefiting FFTA, a NY and CT licensed adoption placement agency and resource center.

This year's event has already raised $15,000 in ticket sales and donations, with additional proceeds from the silent auction still being counted. The money raised will be used for education and outreach programs in schools, hospitals, prisons and community centers in both NY and CT, and towards the creation of a mentoring program for teen adoptees.

Joy and Michael Goldstein co-founded FFTA in April 2007. Michael is an adoption attorney with his own law firm, and he and his wife are both social workers. Together they are adoptive parents of three who have worked alongside each other helping families with the adoption process for more than 25 years. "We decided to open a nonprofit adoption agency to be able to provide more services to our clients," Joy said. "And most importantly to be able to educate the community, professionals and students in the school systems, patients in the local hospitals, and provide outreach to pregnant women that are incarcerated and think they have no options other than state foster care for their unplanned pregnancies."

Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA) Finalizes First Hague Outgoing Adoption!

On Thursday, June 17th, 2010, Forever Families Through Adoption Inc., a New York and Connecticut authorized adoption placement agency and resource center, finalized its first
Hague adoption.

The Hague Convention, which entered into force for the United States in April of 2008, was created in regards to International Adoptions, to prevent child trafficking and abduction, and to ensure that each adoption is in the best interest of the child. Pursuant to the stringent standards of the Convention and the Department of State, FFTA received full Hague accreditation in June of 2009.

In addition to being the first Hague approved adoption for FFTA, it was also the first
outgoing Hague adoption to be finalized in Westchester County. Judge Kathie E. Davidson,
Supervising Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, presided over the hearing as a family from the
Netherlands finalized the adoption of their second American born son, Sebastian. Joy S.
Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director of Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA), shared
this exciting occasion with her husband, Michael, along with several staff members and thrilled
family members who traveled with the adoptive parents from The Netherlands. The Law Firm of
Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., one of only three Hague approved attorney's in the United States,
represented the family as they finalized their adoption on this special day at the White Plains
Family Courthouse.

Charity Book and Bunny Drive to benefit Forever Families Through Adoption

From March 2nd through April 6th, customers at the Waldenbooks in the Rye Ridge Shopping
Center will be able to purchase children's books and stuffed bunny rabbits to donate to
Forever Families Through Adoption. Carol Meister, Waldenbooks' Store Manager, selected the
local adoption agency as the recipient for this year's drive.

This is the second year that FFTA was selected for the book drive, which is a chain-wide
campaign for Borders/Waldenbooks stores across the country. Last year hundreds of children's
books and stuffed bunny rabbits were donated to Forever Families Through Adoption by the
generous customers and staff at Waldenbooks.

Carol Meister, Joy S. Goldstein, LCSW, ACSW, Executive Director and the staff at Forever
Families Through Adoption, all share a commitment to helping spread a little happiness
through the books and stuffed animals to children who are in need.

For more information about donating through the book drive contact (914) 937-3370
For more information about Forever Families Through Adoption contact (914) 939-1180

FFTA is proud to introduce staff member Bruno Borges

Think of someone in your life who is always optimistic, enthusiastic and likes to lift
people's spirit up. If you've done so, then you must know FFTA's Administrative Assistant
Bruno Borges. His heart's biggest passion is reaching out to others. Currently in his junior
year as a Psychology major at Nyack College, his goal is to continue his studies to
obtain a masters degree in Social Work.

In 2008, Bruno was appointed as a missionary by his church and put his studies
on hold to join a six month missionary program in Brazil (where he was born and lived
until he was 8 years old) with Operation Mobilization (OM – www.om.org); a Christian
based non-profit organization whose focus is to reach out to the less fortunate around
the world through a diversity of humanitarian services. The six month program was
extended for another year when Bruno was invited to work with OM Brazil as Executive
Assistant and Personnel Manager. OM Brazil holds the Missionary Training Center for OM
Latin America, which also provided Bruno the opportunity to teach English to transcultural
missionaries.

During his time in Brazil, Bruno also co-founded and co-coordinated AIDSLink
Brazil; a national branch of AIDSLink International (www.aidslinkinternational.org) whose
mission is to transform lives and communities by mobilizing and equipping people to
impact the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. What this means in practical terms is:

  • Equipping local people to respond through training and educating
  • Mobilizing: making people aware of the need and how they can help
  • Networking: getting alongside those involved
  • Supporting and strengthening local responses
  • Prevention
  • Helping children affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Reaching out to those who are vulnerable

Bruno continues to work as a volunteer when not in school and working full time
at FFTA, with AIDSLink International as a member of the steering committee and training
team. However, lately most of his free time focuses on upcoming wedding plans, as
he is getting married in July of 2010 to his beautiful Giselle.

Bruno is thrilled to be working as FFTA's Administrative Assistant where he assists
clients through the ins and outs of the application and approval process and
continues to contribute to making a difference in other people's lives. Be sure to say
hello when you call FFTA as Bruno will be answering your call with a smile on his face.

Becca Leitman, MSW joins FFTA

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. warmly welcomes Becca Leitman to the FFTA family. Becca has joined the staff of FFTA with diverse experience in child welfare.

Becca graduated from Boston University with a degree in photojournalism. She then earned her Master’s degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work, with a concentration in Clinical Studies.

Becca’s interest in social work commenced while teaching English in Costa Rica where she noticed the need for counseling services. Prior to attending NYU, Becca worked at the Children’s Aid Society in medical foster care where she counseled both foster and birth parents along with foster children. Additionally, she was a research assistant for the NYU Child Study Center where she studied sibling relationships in foster children.

While attending NYU, Becca interned at an elementary school in Harlem, working with special needs children and attended IEP meetings. In her second year, Becca was accepted into the Children of the World Fellowship Program where she counseled immigrant children and families and attended an educational seminar in Ghana to study Ghanaian social welfare agencies.

Becca believes her varied experience in the social work field will assist her in working with birth and adoptive parents. Becca and her younger brother were both adopted and her sister is a birth child. She feels very blessed to have such an amazing family and as an adoptee, she has always dreamed of helping children find their forever homes.

Becca spends her leisure time taking photographs, painting, reading, running, camping and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with you and working with you to help you make your forever family.

Evening at Stonewall Pond

A Gourmet Tasting Event and Silent Auction to benefit Forever Families Through Adoption

Click here for an event recap!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
212 Taconic Road, Greenwich, CT 06831

Contributions support these FFTA programs:

  • Adoption education and awareness in the schools and community
  • Adult adoptees mentoring program for young adults
  • Finding "forever homes" for children of incarcerated women

Participating Restaurants

Our Sponsors

Cafe' Mirage
Portchester, NY

Morgans Fish House
Rye, NY

Ruby's Oyster Bar & Bistro
Rye, NY

Solaia Enoteca & Ristorante
Greenwich, CT

Sonora
Portchester, NY

 

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Pleasantville, NY

Chocolations, LLC
Mamaroneck, NY

House of Flowers
Mamaroneck, NY

Linens ala Carte
White Plains, NY

The Wine Gallery
Rye Brook, NY

Wine at Five
Rye, NY

Waldenbooks Helps Local Adoption Agency Bring Joy to Children in Need

Rye Brook, April 24, 2009 Joy Goldstein, Executive Director of Forever Families Through Adoption, a Westchester adoption agency, was thrilled when she learned in February that FFTA had been selected by the Waldenbooks in Rye Brook to be this year's beneficiary of their Easter book and bunny drive. The local book and bunny drive was one of many held by Waldenbooks all across the country.

During March and April, customers of the Waldenbooks in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center were
asked to purchase children's books and stuffed bunny rabbits to donate to FFTA. Finally this week, the many boxes of stuffed toys and books arrived at the agency.

Carol Meister, Waldenbooks' Store Manager, was overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity of her staff and customers. "Joy and I share a very special commitment to children in need, and so many people answered our call. I'm proud of how successful the book drive was because it
means that hundreds of children can now be delivered a little happiness."

Joy, who has dedicated her life to finding forever families for children in need through domestic
and international adoptions, agreed. "During financially difficult times, it is wonderful to know local families stepped up and purchased these items to help children in greater need and support our mission. The books and rabbits will be a special blessing for the children."

Westchester Families Donate Time and Merchandise
to Less Fortunate Children

Rye Brook March 18, 2009 Joy and Michael Goldstein, who have dedicated their lives to delivering happiness to parents worldwide interested in adopting, spread happiness recently to children in Aruba when they hand delivered $3,000.00 worth of donated books, DVD's, Frisbees, and a color printer/scanner. During financially difficult times, local families and staff members stepped up and purchased these requested items to help children in greater need. Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. and the Law Firm of Michael S. Goldstein, located in Rye Brook, New York arranged to visit two orphanages/children's homes on the Dutch island of Aruba.

Joy and Michael along with their three sons visited with Casa Cuna and Imeldahof Children's Homes to personally bring these items. Last year when the Goldstein's visited the same orphanages they donated teddy bears and chocolates. Aruba, one of the smaller Dutch ABC islands, has many drug exposed babies living and growing up in what are considered "Children's Homes" without the likelihood of ever finding their "forever home". There are very few in‐country adoptions and no out of country adoptions from Aruba. Most, if not all of the children in these group homes will remain until they are asked to leave at the young age of 18, when they are expected to learn the difficult responsibility of living on their own. Although while living within the homes they are nurtured and taken care of by loving staff, sadly, many will end up back on the streets or incarcerated.

FFTA Celebrates Dutch American Adoption Day

Rye Brook, September 8, 2008. Joy and Michael Goldstein, the founders of Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a New York and Connecticut authorized not-for-profit adoption placement agency and resource center, are pleased to announce the adoption of three infants during a very special Dutch American Adoption Day event.

Baby girl Jasmine and baby boys Brandon and Samuel all found homes in the Netherlands with couples anxious to expand their families. The babies were born in Westchester County in February and April and went home with their new families shortly thereafter.

The adoptions were finalized in White Plains on September 8th during a heart-warming ceremony in the Family Court. The Dutch families returned to New York for the finalization, accompanied by elated extended family members and the staff members from the adoption agency.

Also in attendance were officers from the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Miranda van Iersel and Zwanette T. Peterkin. Older siblings and grandparents who traveled from the Netherlands were included in the joyous experience.

"It was such a special day!" explained Joy Goldstein, FFTA’s Executive Director. "The Court arranged for all three Dutch families to finalize their adoptions at the same time. Judge Kathie Davidson and Court Attorney Maria Recine who presided over the ceremony exhibited such warmth and sensitivity."

 

The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions

On April 1, 2008 the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption entered into force for the United States. This essentially means that all adoptions between the United States and other Convention Countries will be governed by the Hague rules.

So if you are wondering how this affects Forever Families Through Adoption, here is a quick Hague 101 primer.

FFTA Helps Local Couple Adopt Son in Record Time

Rye Brook, November 25, 2007. 2007 will be remembered by restaurateur Lisa McKiernan as a year of great additions to the town of Rye. In May, McKiernan and her partners in the Pearl Management Group opened Morgans Fish House, which was chosen as one of the area's 10 Best Restaurants of 2007 by inTown magazine and praised by the Rye Record as "a great addition to the local dining scene." Then, in late September, she and husband, Brendan, welcomed an addition of their own: an adopted son, Dylan Joseph.

FFTA Delivers Joy to Children in the Dominican Republic

Rye Brook, September 26, 2007. Joy and Michael Goldstein, who have dedicated their lives to delivering happiness to childless couples worldwide, were able to spread a little happiness recently to children in the Dominican Republic. Marta Moya-Goldenberg, CSW, a representative of FFTA, hand-delivered stuffed bears to fifty children under the age of seven who live in the impoverished communities of Chichigua and Cangrejo.

FFTA Joyfully Make Their First Baby Announcements

Rye Brook, August 24th, 2007. Joy and Michael Goldstein, the founders of Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), a newly authorized New York and Connecticut not-for-profit adoption placement agency, are pleased to announce the successful placements of their first two infants.

Rye Brook couple starts non-profit adoption agency

The realization of a 12-year dream By Jeff Benzak A Rye Brook couple with extensive experience in the adoption field recently opened a new adoption agency. On Monday, the non-profit agency, Forever Families Through Adoption, delivered its first baby, a girl, to two loving parents from New York City.

He Said, She Said

Michael and Joy Goldstein on Private Placement vs. Agency Adoptions - Which is Right for You? Michael and Joy Goldstein are uniquely qualified to discuss the relative merits of private placement and agency adoptions. Since adopting three sons of their own in the early 1980's, they have dedicated their lives to helping birth parents, adoptive parents and children free for adoption. During most of that time, Michael has assisted clients in navigating the process of private placement adoption as an attorney, while Joy worked side-by-side with him as an adoption counselor. A few years ago, however, the two decided to apply for the authorizations required to open an adoption agency. Now, while Michael continues to help private clients, Joy is able to offer potential adoptive parents and birthparents all of the services of a New York and Connecticut state-authorized placement agency. We met in their offices housed in the same building in Rye Brook, NY to learn more.