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by Julie Revelant

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In September, Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA) of Rye Brook, a New York and Connecticut licensed adoption placement agency and resource center, hosted its second annual gourmet tasting event and silent auction at the Stonewall Pond Estate in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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The event has already raised $15,000 in ticket sales and donations, with additional proceeds from the silent auction still being counted. The funds raised will be used for education and outreach programs in schools, hospitals, prisons, and community centers, and for the establishment of a mentoring program for teen adoptees.

Joy and Michael Goldstein co-founded the agency in April 2007. Michael is an adoption attorney with his own law firm, and he and his wife are both social workers. Together they are adoptive parents of three who have worked for 25 years with families guiding them through the adoption process. "We decided to open a nonprofit adoption agency to be able to provide more services to our clients," Joy said. "And most importantly to be able to educate the community, professionals, and students in the school systems, patients in the local hospitals, and provide outreach to pregnant women that are incarcerated and think they have no options other than state foster care for their unplanned pregnancies." FFTA is staffed by social workers, adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and attorneys. Joy believes that the organization's small "boutique" size and hands on attention are what sets them apart. "Many of the FFTA staff has been through the experience personally."

Several local restaurants and businesses prepared tasting dishes and beverages for the event, including Rye's Morgan's Fish House, Ruby's Oyster Bar, Café Mirage, Sonora, Barcelona, the Melting Pot, Southport Brewing Company, The Wine Gallery, and Aries Wine and Spirits. Other sponsors included White Plains Linen, All Star Imports, and gourmet desserts were provided by Le Renaissance Patisserie Francaise, Sweet Lisa's, and Chocolations. Frank's House of Flowers in Mamaroneck once again donated the floral arrangements. 

Lisa McKiernan of the Pearl Restaurant Group, the company that owns Ruby's and Morgan's, was on the event committee last year and helped create the idea of the gourmet tasting event. Her husband, Brendan is also on the event committee as well as the Board of Directors. "Our oldest son was adopted and FFTA is the agency that found him for us. We like to give back to the community and to FFTA for helping to make us parents," she says.

For more information about Forever Families Through Adoption, call 914-939-1180.

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