This year is a great time to get involved with Little People of America. 2014 is an Election Year for Little People of America, (LPA). Eleven members sit on the LPA Board of Directors. All 11 seats are up for election. A Board Term is three years and each position has a two-term limit.
Serving as a board member is a challenging and rewarding experience. The Board holds at least four phone conference call meetings each year. Meeting commitments also include 2 day-long meetings during the National Conference. In addition, each position carries specific responsibilities which may take several hours a week and an expectation of serving on LPA committees as time and interest allow. With this commitment, LPA Board Members have the opportunity to represent the membership, manage programs, lead policy efforts, and build the organization.
All members of LPA are invited to review the positions and the eligibility criteria for the positions. Qualified members are encouraged to run for a board position. The deadline for declaring intent to run for a position is March 7, 2014. To declare your intent, send an email to Gary Arnold (President, email@example.com) and Ron Piro (National Election Committee, RonPiro@aol.com ). Include in the email your full name, contact information, and the position in which you are interested.
The purpose of LPA's Adoption Committee is to find a loving home for each child with dwarfism. Our role is to act as a link between prospective parents and adoption agencies that represent short-statured children.
Please note that we are not an adoption agency, but a volunteer committee that facilitates between the adoption agencies and the adoptive parents. By reaching out to adoption agencies, doctors, hospitals, geneticists, and others, we are able to locate children with dwarfism who are available for adoption and prospective parents who are interested in adopting.
The LPA's adoption committee is enthusiastic about its past work in uniting children with their families, and continues to work towards this important goal.
LPA's National Adoption Coordinator is Colleen Gioffreda. You may reach her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (443) 676-0186.
LPAdoption1 is an online discussion group for individuals interested in adopting children with dwarfism.