BAAS INTERNATIONAL – SINCE 1984
We find and support loving, able families for orphaned or abandoned children and improve the educational opportunities and health of impoverished children worldwide.
Bay Area Adoption Services would like to wish Andrea Stawitcke the warmest congratulations on her retirement. We are truly excited that she can now jump into all of the hobbies she has planned and also that she will have more time to spend with her family, especially her grandkids. We are thrilled BAAS will also be one of her hobbies! Andrea will be popping in and out of the office over the next few months as she is assisting us with our COA re-accreditation this year. We are so grateful for her knowledge and assistance with this huge project.
We would also like to take this time to introduce you to Lisa Clark, BAAS’s new Executive Director. Lisa brings with her 18 years of adoption experience in both domestic and international adoption. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her favorite areas of adoption these days are working with adoptive families in post adoption support and with birth/first families. Lisa has gotten to know the BAAS staff, volunteers and programs over the last few months and is honored to join such an amazing community. Lisa is part of an adoptive family and loves to travel. She is looking forward to meeting all of you at the next BAAS event.
Fundraising Gala serving children worldwide
Thank you to everyone who joined Bay Area Adoption Services International in honor of National Adoption Month in November, 2015 at Carolands Chateau. We had a wonderful time uniting as a community and coming together to support our child welfare programs world wide. We hope to see you at our next event. Click below to see highlights from this memorable evening.
BAY AREA ADOPTION SERVICES – SUCCESS STORY
After marrying in 2011 and taking a trip around the world, we considered adoption as a means to build our family. We saw the need first hand in places like East Africa; greatly affected, we believed international adoption might make sense for us. We attended BAAS Saturday adoption class to learn more. We began the long paperwork process, still unsure if we really wanted to do this. Janet Shirley, BAAS Oversees Program Coordinator, spoke with us about their new pilot program in Uganda. She forewarned us it wouldn’t be an easy road. Maybe the stars were aligning but we looked at each other and said, let’s do it!
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website.