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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 .

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.

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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.
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.
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PRESIDENT/CONFERENCE CHAIR
Mike Lepley
president@caffa.org

 

TREASURER
Janel Jaeger
treasurer@caffa.org

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Karryn Lepley
membership@caffa.org

 

SOCIAL CO-CHAIRS
Claudia Venancio
Laura Wurzburger
social_claudia@caffa.org
social_laura@caffa.org

 

ONLINE COORDINATOR
Sharon Watkins
onlinegroup@caffa.org

 

WEBMASTER
Randy Nichols
webmaster@caffa.org

 

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON
Cathy Allen
legal@caffa.org

 

COMMUNICATIONS
Christy Medley and Michelle DeLatour
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
walkforadoptionchicago@gmail.com

 

CAMP PRIDE KOREA CO‐DIRECTORS
Beth McCullough and Michelle Johns