Be sure to check your local chapter and district websites for events! For a list of upcoming District Regional Events, please see Calendar above. LPA is a membership organization and most events are only open to individuals with dwarfism and their families. Have a question? Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local chapter or district for more information.
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 email@example.com, or by telephone at (443) 676-0186.
LPA Adoptions is an online Facebook group for individuals interested in adopting children with dwarfism.
LPA Adoption Committee's Mission
Our Mission as the LPA Adoption Committee is to provide information to adoption agencies and interested families about adoption of short statured children. This committee is devoted to helping children with dwarfism find loving homes, but is NOT an adoption agency. This committee is informative only, and does not have an adoption license.
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There are a number of fundraising ideas that a family can use in order to help defray the costs of adoption. Here are a few websites for you to check out:
And don't forget the LPA Adoption Fund! If you are a member of LPA, you can apply for monies that go toward your adoption of a child with dwarfism. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
The IRS has a tax credit for adoptions for up to $10,000 for expenses incurred. Please see the IRS website for more information.
For your information:
The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
The Home Study
The home study can be an intimidating process, especially if it is unfamiliar to you. Here are some basic guidelines of a typical home study. Every state has its own rules, but this is just an idea to enable you to prepare.
Information that prospective parents will be required to provide include:
International adoptions vary from country to country and from region to region. It is hard to obtain a specific list of criteria unless the parents know where they are adopting from first. The Adoption Committee suggests that if a couple wants to adopt a child with dwarfism internationally, there are two options. One option is to decide on the child first, and then pursue the adoption according to the rules and regulations of that child's country. The other option is to obtain a home study from an agency that has a variety of options for home studies for different countries.
These are some of the general guidelines we have found when adopting internationally: