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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Join us for a FREE VIRTUAL support group session on Friday, November 20th from 8:00 – 9:30 pm. 

Can we talk? | 2012-11-06 | DC VelocityHolidays can be stressful during the best of times.  Are you feeling overwhelmed how to navigate the holidays during the pandemic and in this uncertain time? How are you and your family handling the constant changes; “pivoting” from different disruptions in school schedules, family gatherings and work? Is your child feeling your stress? Don’t know where to turn?  CPFA is offering a free and parent only chat to discuss ideas and challenges on how to make the abnormal more normal and to help our families cope during the holidays and this winter.

Join us on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 8:00 – 9:30 pm EST for The Pandemic Pivot-Navigating the Holidays in Uncertain Times, Concerned Persons for Adoption’s (CPFA) FREE virtual support group session via Zoom. Come listen, ask questions and share your thoughts, concerns and more with experienced adoptive parents during this “for parents only” chat.  We will send you the link the day before the event.

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Charitable Donations to Support Adoption and Foster Care

Starting in the early stages of the pandemic, we at Concerned Persons for Adoption have had to cancel many events and move others online, and as we now find ourselves in what has become a time of triple crisis (Coronavirus, economic recession, and racial tensions), we wanted to do more to help children. Therefore, the Board of Directors and Executive Board decided to make a $500 donation to each of two organizations that work with adopted and foster children. These children's fears and uncertainties have likely increased exponentially in recent months given their separation from their families of birth, members of whom may be sick or struggling financially.

One of the donations was made to The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). Their CEO, Debbie Riley, is a past keynote speaker at our "Let’s Talk Adoption"sm Conference. C.A.S.E. offers counseling services (both telehealth and in-person) for adoptive families, training programs for professionals, and many educational opportunities for parents through webinars. For more information on C.A.S.E., visit their website at They are located at 3919 National Drive, Suite 200, Burtonsville, MD 20866.

The other donation was made locally to Roots and Wings, based in Denville, New Jersey. Roots and Wings provides young adults who age out of New Jersey’s foster care system with safe housing, case management, education, counseling, and life skills in order to empower them toward self-sufficiency. In this time of triple crisis, it truly must be a daunting task to suddenly be on your own as an independent young person with no immediate family for support. For more information on Roots and Wings, visit their website at They are located at 75 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 303, Denville, NJ 07834.

CPFA supports Black Lives Matter

to the
Lynn Witkin/Concerned Persons for Adoption(CPFA) Scholarship

Melissa Santana

Each year at the "Let's Talk Adoption"sm Conference, CPFA presents a scholarship to a student who is pursuing a degree in Social Work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference was cancelled; however, the CPFA board unanimously agreed to present the 2020 scholarship.

The winner of the 2020 Lynne Witkin/CPFA Scholarship is Melissa Santana. Melissa is a BSW student at Georgian Court University who will be graduating in August 2020. She intends to obtain an MSW concentrating on Law and Social Work, with the goal of becoming an LCSW. Melissa was a foster parent prior to becoming a social work student; she experienced the child welfare process from beginning to end from a foster parent's perspective. After 11 years, Melissa was able to adopt her foster daughter. In her own words she looks "forward to being part of the solution in making a reality the pursuit of the advancement and implementation of laws and policies which uphold and secure the protection, education and health, and when needed, the adoption of children in our state."  

The CPFA board members and conference committee congratulate Melissa Santana on receiving the Lynn Witkin scholarship!

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