Volunteer Committees

Becoming active with your community and agency is a great way to build great parenting advocacy skills, get to know the Adoption STAR agency (including building lasting friendships with other families who have adopted!) and reap plenty of personal rewards. We welcome you! Please e-mail Kristin Ackerman, Development Associate, at kristin@adoptionstar.com, call (716) 639-3900 or fill out our Online Volunteer Form.

We have a committee for everyone! Here are few committees that you may be interested in learning more about!

Community Outreach Committee

This committee supports Adoption STAR’s mission by assisting with marketing and outreach efforts. Comprised of adoptive parents, community leaders and other friends of the agency, this committee helps build new relationships with businesses, organizations and people who believe in forever families.

Social Action Committee

The goal of this committee is to focus on serving other charities or projects that need assistance and to build relationships with other charitable organizations within our community through volunteer projects. Over the years, Adoption STAR has held a crayon drive for a public school whose families struggle to afford school supplies. We have sent packages to soldiers deployed overseas. We have volunteered to paint group homes and organized a blood drive. As a non-profit, Adoption STAR is dedicated to assisting other non-profits. In addition through the international adoption program, Adoption STAR is involved in many humanitarian aide projects.

Educators Committee

This committee supports Adoption STAR’s mission by assisting with education and advocacy initiatives through our work with schools and educators. Comprised of educations – many touched by adoption – this committee helps “educate” educators about adoption. There is a growing wealth of resources for educators that can be obtained by schools, parents and individual teachers. This committee will navigate through those resources and present them to educators based on their need.

Social Action Committee

As a non-profit, Adoption STAR is dedicated to assisting other non-profits. In addition to our local social action work, Adoption STAR provides humanitarian support to orphanages in other countries. Over the years, Adoption STAR has held a crayon drive for a public school whose families struggled to afford school supplies. We have spent packages to soldiers deployed overseas. We have volunteered to paint group homes and organized a blood drive. Individuals on the committee will select at least one social action project each year and coordinate the efforts to successfully complete the project.

Fundraising Committee

This committee supports Adoption STAR’s mission by assisting with fundraising through special events and projects. Comprised of adoptive parents, community leaders and other friends of our agency, this committee helps to bring much-needed funds and awareness on behalf of adoption.

Shining STAR Committee

Adoption STAR is committed to placing ALL children but in order to continue to do so, much needed funds are necessary to operate an annual program that allows the agency to defray the costs associated with adopting a child with special needs. Shining STAR helps to draw special attention to children with special needs in need of adoption in the hope that we can unite many children with special needs with forever parents.

Summer Picnic Committee

The Annual Adoptive Family Summer Picnic is a summer highlight with hundreds of people in attendance. This event is provided to adoptive families of Adoption STAR as a fun, family orientated summer event including food, crafts, playground and friends. Families travel from various distances to attend this successful event.

Health Care Professional Committee

This committee supports Adoption STAR’s mission by assisting with providing education and information to community health care professionals about domestic infant adoption, the agency and it’s services.

In addition to the committees listed above, Adoption STAR sponsors several support and social groups.

SOFIA is Adoption STAR’s support group for adoptive families and waiting families

The Blue Rose Support Group is specifically for birth mothers

A.C.E. (Adoptee Circle of Experience) is a support group for adult adoptees

The Birth Grandparent Support Group is a group specifically for the parents of birth parents who have placed a child for adoption.


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