About

Together handsChicago Area Families For Adoption (CAFFA) is one of the largest adoption support groups in the Midwest. We are dedicated to providing information and support to all members of the adoption triad and adoption professionals in the Chicagoland area.  Major CAFFA events include the biennial CAFFA Adoption Conference, annual Kaleidoscope Culture Camp, annual Camp Pride Korea, and the annual Walk For Adoption Chicago.  CAFFA also serves as an adoption advocate by promoting awareness to the media and community at large.

CAFFA is approved as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the CAFFA treasurer at treasurer@caffa.org .

History

CAFFA began in 1973 as the Holt Adoptive Parents Group by parents who adopted Korean children through the Holt agency. These founding families recognized the need for support and sharing with other adoptive parents, which stands as the cornerstone of CAFFA. In 1986, in response to increasing demand throughout the Chicago area, we became the Chicago Area Families For Adoption and expanded out services to include the entire Chicagoland area.

Cute Toddler PictureCAFFA is one of the largest adoptive parent support groups in the Midwest and represents a diverse population. The percentage of domestic and international adoptions represented in CAFFA is almost equal, with many families consisting of both biological and adoptive children.

Our members adopt children through many different avenues including private, agency, and agency-assisted. Members also includes adult adoptees, birthparents / first parents, adoption professionals and agencies, and families in the process of adopting.

Networking opportunities are available through the newsletter, attending CAFFA events, involvement on the Board, or a variety of committees. Our Board members will assist you in obtaining more information or with connecting with other members. All information is kept confidential as requested.
2017 Board Members

PRESIDENT/CONFERENCE CHAIR
Michelle DeLatour and Christy Medley
president@caffa.org
TREASURER
Mike Lepley
treasurer@caffa.org
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Kevin Markech
membership@caffa.org
SOCIAL CHAIR
Laura Wurzburger
social_laura@caffa.org
WEBMASTER
Randy Nichols
webmaster@caffa.org
LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
Open – Volunteer position available! 
legal@caffa.org
COMMUNICATIONS
Open – Volunteer position available! 
communications@caffa.org
VOLUNTEER/PLAYGROUP COORDINATOR
Barbara Friedel
volunteer@caffa.org
INFORMATION INTAKE COORDINATOR
Maribeth Cavanaugh
info@caffa.org
KALEIDOSCOPE CULTURE CAMP CO-DIRECTORS
Lisa Garay and Linda Jonynas
culturecamp@caffa.org
WALK FOR ADOPTION CHICAGO CO-DIRECTORS
Christy Medley and Michelle DeLatour
info@walkforadoptionchicago.com
CAMP PRIDE KOREA CO‐DIRECTORS
Beth McCullough and Michelle Johns