Free adoption fair coming to Lexington this weekend

Area families who are considering adoption will want to stop by a free event this weekend to learn about financing, the differences between domestic and international adoption procedures and to learn from parents who’ve adopted.

Local attorneys and representatives from adoption agencies will be on hand Saturday at the Families Forever Fair hosted by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division.

The fair will provide parents and couples with information on the process of adoption and provide resources to help them get started. One-on-one consultations also will be available for people who have questions about the process.

Families Forever Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lexington Municipal Court at 111 Maiden Lane. Adoption workshops also will be available throughout the day including the following:

Session 1

Workshop A: Adoption 101 — Explore the process of the different types of adoption and learn where to start

Workshop B: Domestic Infant Adoption — Explore the legal process of domestic adoption, the role of the attorney, requirements and the adoption process

Session 2

Workshop A: DSS Adoption — Learn about public adoption programs, domestic and foster care adoption, available children, requirements and procedures

Workshop B: Financing Adoption — Where there is a will, there is a way: Creative ways to finance your adoption

Session 3

Workshop A: International Adoption — Requirements, accreditation and choosing a country

Workshop B: Parent Panel — A group of parents that have adopted children (domestic, international and DSS) will share their wisdom and experience with the process

Registration for the fair is not required. Space in each session is limited, however, so attendees are encouraged to register online at www.scbar.org/adoption. Foster parents can obtain recertification training hours for attending one or more of the workshops.

For more information, contact Morgan Crouch at (803) 799-6653, ext. 135.

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