Generous Gift from Elly’s Angels Assists with Placement of Baby Samuel

The holiday season and New Year is a time of reflection, and it is also a time to pay it forward. Adoption STAR is proud of the support we have provided other non-profits and for the work we do in the community. We are also very proud to have developed scholarship opportunities. For many years the Adoption STAR board of directors discussed creating scholarship opportunities for people interested in adoption as well as individuals personally … Read More


Damaging Secrets

An advice columnist offered sound advice as it relates to adoptive parents keeping their child’s adoption a secret. Agency staff members repeatedly say that we never want an Adoption STAR child to remember the day they were told they were adopted. We say this because we believe adoption should be discussed and acknowledged in the home from the very beginning of the adopted child’s life. Through the regular utilization of appropriate adoption language, children’s literature, … Read More

Reminiscing: Part Two

Adoption STAR Founder/CEO Michele Fried shares excerpts from a revealing adoption-themed article she authored years ago. The journal entries I shared in the previous post make me not so different from the prospective adoptive parents Adoption STAR works with everyday. Hoping to become a parent was my most desired dream. Waiting to become a parent was different then hoping. One 40-year-old prospective adoptive mom told me once, “I have been waiting to be a mom … Read More

From Orphan to NFL Owner

A recent news article highlighted the incredible story of Pegula Sports and Entertainment’s own Kim Pegula, with a special focus on her connection to international adoption. Democrat and Chronicle Reporter Sal Maiorana wrote an impressive article for the 8/23/15 edition of the newspaper, entitled From Orphan to NFL Owner. The article provides, in intricate detail, Kim Pegula’s impressive rise to fame as one of the most influential women in the world of professional sports. As … Read More

How Has Adoption Touched YOUR life?

With over 780 placements in its 15 years of existence, Adoption STAR has amassed a lot of great stories. We hope you’ll consider sharing yours. We’d like to invite you to share your Adoption STAR story today! Once we receive and review it, we’ll post it on the brand new “Stories” section of the agency’s website. You’ll find many powerful pieces written by Adoption STAR clients (and their families), agency staff (past and present), and … Read More