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The Adoption STAR Difference
There are differences between adoption agencies. This is YOUR adoption journey. It is important that you select an agency with which you feel comfortable and that will provide you with the support and assistance you need.
- Our priority is education. Adoption STAR offers comprehensive pre-parenthood adoption education classes that are tailored to your adoption path, as well as ongoing training opportunities on topics relating to adoptive parenting, transracial adoption, post-adoption family support, and more!
- We are client-centered: when you call, you will always reach a real person, never an automated system. Our goal is to be accessible, responsive, and connected.
- We offer a number of adoption options, including domestic infant and older child adoption. We can also help you complete your home study for an international adoption.
- We pride ourselves on the diversity of our families, including our work with LGBTQIA+ individuals around the adoption triad. Adoption STAR believes that there is no single way to be a family for a child. Loving homes come in all configurations, made stronger by a mix of genders, religions, racial identities, and family types (including single parent households). We welcome all families and all the ways caring adults can provide a loving foundation for a child.
- Fees are based on a sliding fee scale determined by a number of considerations to make adoption as affordable as possible for families. Check out our AFFORDING ADOPTION PLANNING GUIDE for more information.
- There is no registration fee and there is no placement fee deposit until you are matched with an expectant parent or until placement occurs.
- We are authorized and licensed in multiple states, providing more adoption and matching opportunities.
- You will be provided a dedicated Family Advocate who will offer you support and compassion throughout the process.
- We do not make promises about time frames or placements. We believe in the sharing of honest and helpful communication.
- We view our relationship with clients as life-long, just like parenthood. Adoption STAR will be here for you through all stages of your journey as an adoptive family. We have a host of support groups, social gatherings, and mentoring programs to keep you linked and informed.
- Our professional staff is knowledgeable and passionate about adoption.
Adoption STAR, Inc., was authorized as a non-profit New York State authorized adoption agency in March of 2000. In 2009, Adoption STAR became licensed in Florida. In 2010 the agency became licensed in Ohio.
Adoption STAR began operating in 2000 with donated space, and in 2001 moved into an office on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, New York. After renting for a number of years, the staff and board of Adoption STAR dreamed of owning their own building – one that would include not only staff offices, but also an infant nursery and a training facility on-site. This dream became a reality and on March 31, 2005, Adoption STAR occupied a 3000 square foot building in Williamsville, NY. In October 2012, Adoption STAR sold its main office and purchased a larger property in Amherst, New York (current location) – more than double the size – and uses the additional space to better accommodate its growing staff, client counseling and educational needs and expansion of post-adoption support services. Satellite offices are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Cincinnati, Ohio.
From the onset, Adoption STAR wished to utilize the words within their name: Support, Training, Advocacy and Resources (STAR) to provide wide-ranging services to all members of the adoption community. This commitment grew into developing several programs and services. Today the agency has several departments run by a compassionate and professional staff. The agency also sponsors support groups such as SOFIA (Supporting Our Families Interested in Adoption), which is an adoptive family support and social group; Blue Rose Birth Parent Support Group, which is a support group for birth parents; the Birth Grand Parent Support Group, that provides counseling to those parents whose children made an adoption plan for their child; and adoptee support groups such as ACE (Adoptee Circle of Experience).
The STAR commitment is to offer individualized and personalized support, training, advocacy and resources for all those in need. The agency believes that adoption does not end with the placement of a child but rather it begins.
Adoption is a life-long journey. Adoption STAR places children of all races, backgrounds, disabilities and circumstances and has a passion for helping women whose children are at-risk for entering out of home placement. Adoption STAR has touched thousands of lives and the agency’s commitment to finding children permanent adoptive families is unsurpassed. Not only does Adoption STAR believe that every child deserves a forever family, the agency operates under the belief that “there IS a family for every child” thus eliminating the need to temporarily place children within the foster care system and eliminating the need for the “system” to financially support children.
Michele Fried is the Founder and CEO of Adoption STAR. Though the “title” most special to her is “mom” ~ it was a long time ago, but the experiences of becoming an adoptive mother led her to first enter the adoption field. Michele’s background as an educator complimented this path. Her foremost responsibilities with Adoption STAR are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities, as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors. Responsible for several locations and programs of the agency, she is frequently traveling. Michele is most often described as passionate, caring, candid and sincere.
Our core values provide the foundation on which our mission is built, they shape the way we will pursue our vision, and underpin the way Adoption STAR will interact with our clients and the adoption community. Counseling & Support – Adoption STAR supports, trains, provides advocacy and resources to birth and adoptive parents through the process of creating healthy new families through adoption. Adoption STAR’s professional staff provides support and counseling for birth parents and adoptive parents throughout the adoption process, and provides ongoing post-placement support and consultation. Equality – Adoption STAR focuses on transforming lives through adoption by serving the best interests of children. Adoption STAR is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race. Education & Advocacy – We believe that we can influence understanding, preparedness and knowledge by acting as advocates for children in need of permanency planning.
Adoption STAR believes every expectant parent and adoptive family deserves to have access to adoption services. Unfortunately, quality information and counseling on adoption is still not widely available in the United States for ALL individuals. Our vision builds upon The Agency’s strengths of offering ongoing support services to ALL birth and adoptive families. We will, as an Agency of dedicated staff, ensure that all clients receive a consistent and high standard of care and service. We will continue to expand and advance our support programs for all throughout every stage of their adoption journey. The Agency will develop its marketing, public relations and branding to ensure that both the public and expectant and adoptive families receive education and information about adoption. The Agency will continue to act as advocates for equality and fair treatment for all parties involved in adoption.
Our Mission Statement
Each year, Adoption STAR revisits its mission statement to be sure it remains accurate. Adoption STAR (Support, Training, Advocacy & Resources) is a compassionate and unique agency. The Agency takes a strong stand on adoption education and believes no one can make a decision to adopt or place a child for adoption without fully educating themselves on adoption and its many options. Adoption STAR is an agency committed to the best interests of children and will offer all birth families regardless of race, health, circumstances, or disability, the option of adoption for their child. Adoption STAR is an agency dedicated to maintaining connections between adoptive families and birth families and offers education and support with an adoption plan.
Adoption STAR is proud of its incredibly dedicated team which includes full and part time employees, per diem assessors, and volunteer board members. Most of our team is personally touched by adoption, and their professional qualifications are impressive. Their combined expertise and passion is the secret to the success of Adoption STAR.
The Adoption STAR philosophy is to provide highly individualized services to Support, Train, Advocate, and offer Resources to adoptive parents, birth parents and community professionals as they explore the adoption option. We offer the experience of adoption, a full training curriculum, advocacy assistance, and comprehensive resources on adoption. Most importantly, we have the ability to offer personalized attention to all clients. The adoption process can often be confusing and frustrating. We offer our support, knowledge, assistance, and most importantly, our attention, to make this process easier.
Adoption STAR will continue to:
- Provide exemplary services to all members of the adoption triad and will behave as a responsible party, securing and advocating for the rights of children, expectant parents, birth families, legal guardians, and adoptive families to be treated with respect.
- Identify a family for each child in need of an adoptive home so they may have the opportunity to grow and develop in a secure, loving, permanent home.
- Increase the permanency planning efforts for at-risk infants and older children residing in U.S. foster care.
- The agency will continue to grow post adoption support to birth and adoptive families – as well as adoptees – by way of providing post-adoption counseling, education, and peer support.
- Increase educational opportunities for health care practitioners, educators and other community professionals.
Adoption STAR has always looked to the future. As time goes on you will see Adoption STAR provide more and pre and post adoption services to those in need. The agency is dedicated to growing the A-OK (Adopt an Older Kid) program as well as the post adoption department, known as Family STAR.
Utilizing the acronym STAR, the agency will continue to offer additional SUPPORT, TRAINING, ADVOCACY, and RESOURCES to the community-at-large.
The decision to adopt a child is one of the most serious and important decisions a family can make. Choosing the right agency is necessary.
There is probably no one else in the community with more dedication, passion and experience dealing with the adoption of children.
Daniel I Rifkin
I appreciate the time you spent helping on the recent case. I don’t know what I would have done without your assistance.
Hospital Social Worker
First, let me start by saying that if it wasn’t for Michele and her dedicated staff to open and start Adoption STAR our family would not be a family today- We thank you and love you all, for what you...Read More
Lynn and Dan
It had been almost a year since we had completed our home study and it was almost time to renew it. I started to feel like maybe we should pursue other avenues and was waiting for Sue K. to call...Read More
I am a birth mother. Words I never thought I would say. I came to Adoption STAR over 7 years ago, and had no idea what to expect. To say I was afraid is an understatement. From the first phone...Read More
As a birth mother, Adoption STAR is an amazing agency. The agency from the very beginning went above and beyond. I gave my child up for adoption in 2010 and I’m amazed at how much support I continue to have;...Read More