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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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Registration Now Open!

Join Us for our 9th Annual

Concerned Persons for Adoption (CPFA)

Family Conference

For Youth ages 8-16 and their Parents/Caregivers

Saturday, October 21, 2023: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

(Doors open at 8:30 AM for registration and light breakfast)


West Orange Presbyterian Center
20 Old Indian Road, West Orange, NJ 07052

Our half-day series of workshops are open to pre-adoptive parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, foster children and adoptees.

Topics include:

Who am I? The Complexity of Teen Identity *

Verbal Diffusion and Defense Skills *

Your Best Health Starts with You! *

Tips for School Success

Pet Time with the Pups *

Sensory Stations / Identity Tree Crafts

“Can we Talk?” Parents Only Discussion and More!

* The above sessions will be for parents and corresponding sessions for children

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Space is limited so please register early!

FREE for current CPFA members, $25 fee per family for non-members.*
This fee will entitle your family to a year of CPFA membership.

*The conference includes a continental breakfast. A light lunch/networking session will be offered at the end of the workshops to meet and speak with professionals and other parents and adoptees on a more intimate level. A complementary pizza lunch will be included.

For more information, please contact
Michelle Mulhern, Conference Coordinator at 201-400-4465 or

Thank YOU for attending the 40th Let’s Talk Adoption Conference!

We celebrate and thank those who made this conference happen:

· Our keynote speaker and presenters: Debbie Riley, Rebecca Gallese, Sophia Gardner, Stefani Moon and Melissa Sadin – thank you for sharing their knowledge and expertise!

· Our volunteers – Rebecca, Mark, Amy, Dana, Deborah, Carolyn, Janet, Anna Marie, Ron, Wendy, Tatum, Stuart, Rodrenae and Maryanne.

· Our co-sponsors - The Office of Continuing Education, School of Social Work, Rutgers University and the Adoption Agency Council of New Jersey.

The Let’s Talk Adoption Conference Team

CPFA awards the 2023 Lynne Witkin Scholarship to
Meryl Kurland
We are happy to announce that Meryl Kurland is the winner of the 2023 Lynne Witkin/CPFA scholarship. Meryl will begin her MSW program at Montclair State University this fall with a concentration on Children and Families. Although she began her undergraduate program in education, she quickly realized she was interested in Child Advocacy and Social Justice, and changed her major to social work. Meryl's dedication to child advocacy is evidenced by her volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in New Jersey. We wish her all the best in this worthy pursuit.
Congratulations, Meryl! 
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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.
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