Birthmother Baskets

15 06 2010

The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself in the service of others.
~Mohandas Ghandi

This year, Families Supporting Adoption will be hosting a service project at the annual conference. Collection baskets will be set up for conference participants to have the opportunity to serve two great organizations in collecting items that they are in need of. Please bring your donations with you to the conference.

The first organization we will be collecting items for is Birth Mother Baskets.

Birth Mother Baskets is a non-profit organization started by Gina Crotts. Gina is a birth mother and refers to the daughter she placed as her “little butterfly.” In an effort to give back to the adoption community and serve other women who have placed and may need some additional love, Gina created Birth Mother Baskets. Donated items are arranged into beautiful baskets and sent to birth mothers in need. We are honored to be part of her cause this year.

Items that we would love to collect for Birth Mother Baskets include:

  • Journals
  • Lotions
  • Bath Salts
  • Bath Bubbles
  • Movies
  • Jewelry
  • 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 photo frames
  • Music CD’s
  • Inspirational Books
  • Hair Products
  • Make-Up
  • Fingernail Polish
  • Manicure/Pedicure Sets
  • Photo Albums
  • Magazines
  • Small Blankets
  • Slippers
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Gift Certificates (massages, spa treatments, pedicure, manicure, movies or book store, etc.)
  • Large Baskets (Gina recommends laundry sized wicker baskets at Wal-Mart for only $4.00)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Candles
We will also be collecting school supplies for The Christmas Box International.
The friendly environment of the Christmas Box Houses are unique. Children are brought into the shelter program after being removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Instead of spending the night in less comfortable circumstances, they are able to arrive at the House were the staff is immediately available to talk to children and explain what is happening, what will happen, and why. The House staff provides a sense of caring, warmth and continuity at a very difficult time in a child’s life.

Currently there are three Christmas Box Houses located in the state of Utah in Salt Lake, Ogden and Moab. The Houses all have the basic concept of a child-friendly, calm, home-like atmosphere and have added programs and services to meet the unique needs of the children in the communities they serve.

School supplies that we would love to collect for The Christmas Box House include:

  • #2 Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Backpacks
  • Boxes of Tissue
  • Pink Erasers
  • Broad Tip Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Cases
  • Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Crayons
  • Packages of Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper

We can’t wait to see you at the Conference!
Don’t forget to register HERE.

Art Exhibit at the National Conference

13 06 2010

Call to Artists and Those who Love Art

By Rebecca Staley

We are looking for art to put on display during our annual Families Supporting Adoption Conference this July. We all have been touched by the miracle of adoption and know how bitter and sweet that journey is. This is an opportunity to share a piece of your journey with others. All are invited to share their love for adoption through art, whether by craft, photography, sculpture, poem, or paintings.

Deadline: July 1st

All who want to participate will need to submit a photo of their art through email by the deadline to:

Photos need to be added as an attachment and in jpeg format. Please include artist’s name, title of the work, medium, date completed, and size of the piece.

Art selected will be on display during the FSA conference at the Davis Conference Center July 30-31st.

All art from children will be displayed on a children’s wall.

We hope you will want to join us and share your creative side!

National Conference Registration Is Open!

11 06 2010

Registration for the
2010 FSA National Conference
is up and running.

Simply CLICK HERE to be taken to the registration page.

Registration looks something like this:

The Conference will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton Utah on Friday July 30, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

The cost of the conference is $35 per person.

Please contact the Hilton Garden Inn for lodging information. Use the Group/Convention Code located in the “Lodging” tab of the registration link.

This year we will have a myriad of classes for anyone interested in adoption.

Birth Father, Adoption Triad, Adult Adoptee, Adoptive Couple, Transracial Adoption, Ask a Birth Parent and Birth Parent panels will he held throughout the conference and have been a favorite of attendees for years.

Are you new to adoption? No problem! We will have classes on Drug/Alcohol Impacts in Children, Infertility-Spiritual/Gospel Insights, Understanding Birth Parents, Adoption Law, What Birth Parents Wished Adoptive Couples Knew, and FSA-Who, What, Where, When and How.

Are you looking for more resources and information on transracial adoption? We’ve got you covered there too. Classes will be held on Latent Racism & Racism & Racial Socialization and an overview of transracial adoption. We will also have the opportunity to view and discuss the film Living on the Fault Line.

We will also have classes on parenting available to attendees. Classes are scheduled to include topics such as Communicating/Talking About Adoption With Older Children, Openness, Communication Between Adoptive & Birth Families, The Power of Positive Parenting, Ages and Stages and Unequal Adoption Relationships.

We will also have information and classes available on Foster Care, Special Needs Adoption, Children Available for Adoption, Creating Profiles, Intercountry Adoption, Gifts for Birth Parents and Adoption Advocacy.

The FSA National Conference is not just for Adoptive Couples, Adoptive Parents and Hopeful Adoptive Couples. There is an entire track of classes devoted to Birth Parents and Birth Families. For more information on those classes, please see the previous post HERE.

*Conference registration for birth parents is free.

Classes are subject to change without notice.

Save the Date – SW Regional Conference

11 06 2010

Plans are coming together nicely for our Southwest Regional Conference, so make sure you put the dates on your calendar.  The conference will be

October 8-9, 2010

at the LDS Institute Building in Tempe.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Outreach Event: DiamondBacks – June 5!

30 05 2010

The Mesa Chapter of Families Supporting Adoption will be attending the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Saturday, June 5th against the Colorado Rockies. Game time is 5:30pm. Buy your tickets now!

2010 National Conference Update

27 05 2010

Just wanted to let everyone know that the registration for the 2010 National Families Supporting Adoption Conference is up and running.

If you haven’t already set aside the dates, it’s July 30-31 in Layton, Utah. The cost is $35 if you register by July 1, $40 afterwards.

You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here and find out about the service projects going on during the conference here.

And if you’re looking to save a few bucks on the hotel, don’t use the LDSFAM group code.  Right now you can get a better deal by booking through the website.  It’s called the THE GREAT GETAWAY package and it includes breakfast. Book now before it disappears!

We hope to see you there!

Annual Survey for 2010

25 05 2010

Hey Everyone,

We just sent out the email to the annual FSA survey.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out.  It will help us plan activities/speakers over the next year.

It’s only 10 questions and should take less than 5 minutes!  Use this link:

Thanks in advance for your help!

Josh and Andrea, FSA Mesa Chapter Chairs

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