The word alone seems full of questions. The process is unknown to most who haven't been through it, as are the rewards.

Concerned Persons For Adoption (CPFA) is a non-profit organization in the State of New Jersey dedicated to the belief that every child deserves a family. CPFA is not an adoption agency, but a volunteer organization working to support those who wish to adopt, and to provide educational and networking resources to those who have adopted.

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CPFA offers a great opportunity to network with other adoptive parents. CPFA is not an adoption agency, but a volunteer organization working to support those who wish to adopt, and provide educational and networking resources to those who have adopted. Membership is encouraged and is open to anyone concerned with adoption.

The Lynne Witkin Scholarship

offered by

Concerned Persons for Adoption

Lynne Witkin was a social worker, adoptive parent and volunteer advocate for adoption. She also served as president of Concerned Persons for Adoption (CPFA), the support group for those touched by adoption. Lynne recognized the need for an annual gathering of professionals and parents. In 1979 she pioneered the first "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference sponsored by CPFA. This well regarded conference continued after her passing, with the most recent one being held virtually in March 2022.

The intent of the Lynne Witkin scholarship is to benefit and encourage qualified social work majors interested in pursuing a career in the area of adoption/child welfare. There are currently over a half million children in the U.S. in foster care. More than 100,000 of these are awaiting adoptive parents. There is a critical need for caring, capable social workers to enter the field of child welfare - protective services, foster care, adoption, post-adoption services and the like, especially at this time in New Jersey.

To apply for the $1,000 Lynne Witkin scholarship offered by CPFA, visit or click on the link below. Applications must be received by April 1, 2022. The scholarship winner will be announced May 1, 2022.

Click on link for the 2022 Scholarhip Application 

Thursday, January 27: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

CPFA Adoption Book Group (via Zoom)

Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion on the book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

If you would like to join us please e-mail to be included in the Zoom invite, add "CPFA Book Group Zoom" in the email subject line.  Each attendee will be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link and information to join. Reading the book prior to the discussion is recommended, but not required.


January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Join us for a FREE VIRTUAL support group session*...
Friday, February 4 from 8:00 – 9:30 pm EST via Zoom.

In early November, we had a spirited discussion on the topic of teen identity and adoption. CPFA is offering a follow-up to Who am I? The Complexity of Pre-Teen and Teen Identity and Adoption.

Join us for a review of the key points discussed about the joys and challenges of raising teens, and what parents can do to help them. The focus will be on supporting each other, brainstorming and sharing ideas on what works for you. This discussion will be facilitated by Rebecca Gallese, LCSW, from the NJ Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ ARCH).

Participation in November is not required! New attendees welcome!

To register, visit

A Zoom link to the program will be emailed to you on the afternoon of Friday, February 4. 
Sunday, February 13 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Men’s Only” Super Bowl Sunday Gathering (via Zoom)

A great opportunity for the Dad’s to gather and talk about sports, family life, challenges and joys. Be ready to bring your favorite snack and drink! Register via the registration below: 

Questions? E-mail us at The link will be sent the day before or morning of the event. Go Team!

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Most Social Programs are held at the
First Presbyterian Church of Whippany
494 Whippany Road (Rte 10W)
Whippany, NJ 07981
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