A network of adoptive families, birth families, and adoption professionals which exists to improve the lives of children and others touched by adoption through support and education. UFA is actively engaged in community outreach and advocacy to raise awareness of adoption as a loving option.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Getting to know the UFA Board.

Today we introduce you to
Dan and Alison Lowe ~ UFA Vice Chairs and Fundraising Chair

We are Daniel and Alison Lowe
and are part of the Executive
Board with United for Adoption and are roaring to go.
We have been in the wonderful world of adoption for the past 9 years and have loved what we have learned about ourselves and others.  We were chosen by a wonderful birth mom 6 years ago and have been advocating for adoption and helping develop events to get people together.
We both loved the education program that Families Supporting Adoption offered and the unity and sense of belonging it created.  We learned so much from listening to others share their feelings and experiences.   Many of the things we learned were beyond what our caseworker provided in our meetings with them.  Our casework helped us by making sure we were all ready to be approved and any counseling we needed one on one.  Most of the rest we learned from our friends we made at the support groups, activities and conferences.  We have loved having a fairly open adoption plan and seeing how our hearts can grow with more love and more family!  It is a new frontier with not a lot of ‘rules’ or guidelines to follow, we have learned to follow our heart and to be true and honest.
We have loved the new focus of uniting all in adoption.  Not just for those of us hoping to adopt to build their families, but birth parents, and birth families, and caseworkers, and other adoption supporters.  We are all in this together.  Everyone has a voice and a story to tell.  Don’t think that you are all alone.  Don’t think you have dumb questions or ‘no one wants to know my thoughts or feelings ‘.  We do!  We really do need you!  The world needs to hear your voice.  You are wonderful.  Much has been done to keep the option of adoption available for us… let us keep it available for the future!
Dan has the business man brain with an easy going personality and is focusing on fundraising for United for Adoption.  Alison loves to advocate and promote in any shape and form whether it is special event, social media, joining other adoption forces and sharing our strengths, and is always looking for ways to push the adoption envelope.
We both truly believe “the more we get together the happier we’ll be!” and are looking forward to see where this new world of adoption will go for everyone involved. 
My new motto for now is from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss,
“Unless someone like you cares a WHOLE AWFUL LOT, nothing is going to get better.  It’s just not.”

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