About Us

We invite you to make all the difference… Choose an agency that works in the best interest of children… Join the Adoption STAR family!

Many people today are lost and confused when it comes to adoption planning. Now there is an agency to offer them guidance! Adoption STAR is a non-profit (501-c3) New York State Authorized, Florida and Ohio Licensed Adoption Agency, and is a compassionate and unique organization providing adoption services to those residing nationwide. Feel free to give us a call at (866)691-3300 or email info@adoptionstar.com.

There are differences between adoption agencies. This is your adoption journey… It is important that you select an agency that you feel comfortable with and one that will provide you with the support and assistance you need.

The Adoption STAR difference

  • Our priority is education. We’re here to help.
  • We are very personal. You’ll never hear voicemail.
  • We have Domestic and International programs
  • We pride ourselves on the diversity of our families.
  • Fees are based on a sliding fee scale, regardless of the infants race.
  • There is no placement fee deposit until you are matched with an expectant parent or until placement occurs.
  • We are authorized and licensed multiple states, providing more adoption opportunities.
  • You will be provided a Family Advocate who will offer you support and compassion throughout the process.
  • We don’t make promises about time frames or about adopting. We believe in the sharing of honest and helpful communication.
  • We view our relationship with our clients as life-long, just like parenthood.
  • Support groups and our mentoring program keep you linked with other adoptive families.
  • Our professional staff is knowledgeable and passionate about adoption.

Our History

Adoption STAR, Inc., was authorized as a non-profit New York Sate authorized adoption agency in March of 2000. In 2009, Adoption STAR became licensed in Florida. In 2010 the agency became licensed in Ohio.

Adoption STAR began operating in 2000 with donated space, and in 2001 moved into an office on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, NY. After renting for a number of years, the staff and board of Adoption STAR dreamed of owning their own building – one that would include not only staff offices, but also an infant nursery and a training facility on-site. This dream became a reality and on March 31, 2005, Adoption STAR occupied a 3000 square foot building in Williamsville, NY.

In October 2012, Adoption STAR sold it’s main office and purchased a larger property in Amherst, NY (current location) – more than double the size – and uses the additional space to better accommodate its growing staff, client counseling and educational needs and expansion of post-adoption support services. From the onset, Adoption STAR wished to utilize the words within their name: Support, Training, Advocacy and Resources (STAR) to provide wide-ranging services to all members of the adoption community.

Today the agency has several departments run by a compassionate and professional staff. The agency also sponsors four support groups: SOFIA (Supporting Our Families Interested in Adoption), which is an adoptive family support and social group; Blue Rose Birth Parent Support Group, which is a support group for birth parents; the Birth Grand Parent Support Group, that provides counseling to those parents whose children made an adoption plan for their child; and ACE (Adoptee Circle of Experience) an adult adoptee support group.

The STAR commitment is to offer individualized and personalized support, training, advocacy and resources for all those in need. The agency believes that adoption does not end with the placement of a child but rather it begins. Adoption is a life long journey. Adoption STAR places children of all races, backgrounds, disabilities and circumstances and has a passion for helping women whose children are at-risk for entering out of home placement. Adoption STAR has touched thousands of lives and the agency’s commitment to finding children permanent adoptive families is unsurpassed. Not only does Adoption STAR believe that every child deserves a forever family, the agency operates under the belief that “there IS a family for every child.” Thus eliminating the need to temporarily place children within the foster care system and eliminating the need for the “system” to financially support children..

Our Founder

Michele Fried is the Founder and CEO of Adoption STAR. Though the “title” most special to her is “mom” ~ it was a long time ago, but the experiences of becoming an adoptive mother led her to first enter the adoption field. Michele’s background as an educator complimented this path. Her foremost responsibilities with Adoption STAR are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities, as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors. Responsible for several locations and programs of the agency, she is frequently traveling. Michele is most often described as passionate, caring, candid and sincere.

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