CEO and Founder Michele Fried re-accounts her visit to a historical church in downtown Buffalo and its connection to Hungary, one of the two countries in Adoption STAR’s pilot program. In January of 2011, I was invited to take a look at the beautiful sanctuary in The Unitarian Universalist Church located on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York. It was the very first time I was there, yet it felt familiar to me. I mentioned … Read More

Introduction to the Waiting Child Newsletter

Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery introduces our all new Waiting Child Newsletter. In addition to our monthly agency wide eNews (to see this month’s edition, click here), Adoption STAR has launched a new newsletter which is focused exclusively on International Adoption and will include a list of children waiting for their forever families. To see the first issue, click here. Every day there are many children living in orphanages or foster homes whose adoption … Read More


Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery discusses how the particulars of a culture can inspire those seeking to adopt internationally choose a country. This ethnically Hungarian dish is a childhood memory of mine. I have no clue why this particular meal has left such an imprint in my memory, considering that my family is not ethnically Hungarian, my mother (who is a fabulous cook by the way) made MANY diverse meals all of the time, … Read More

The Changing Face of International Adoption

By Megan Montgomery, LMSW, International Adoption Coordinator, Adoption STAR Every few days or so we notice something in the news about the declining numbers of international adoptions, so we decided to examine it and truly believe the decline can’t be narrowed down to any single factor.  However, over the past few years international adoption agencies have closed their doors or their country programs, or have attempted re-build their programs.  New policies and procedures have been put … Read More