Monday, October 23, 2006

Jewish Family Services (New York)

Adoptive families helped by area agency celebrate
PITTSFORD — Lori and Jeff Petrie will travel to China next week to expand their family of four to a family of five.

The Irondequoit couple adopted 5-year-old Sydney in 2003 and 3-year-old Jay in 2005, and will soon adopt 2-year-old Jordan Mian, all with assistance from Jewish Family Service of Rochester Inc.

JFS guided us through the whole thing," said Lori Petrie, as Sydney and Jay played behind her with dozens of other children whose adoptions were also facilitated through Jewish Family Service. The Petries were one of more than 25 adoptive families the agency brought together Sunday for a celebration picnic at King's Bend Park in Pittsford. "They were our partners through all things, and now they're our friends."

Cathy Gipner, an adoption caseworker with Jewish Family Service, said the agency helps anywhere from 50 to 100 families each year connect with children from all over the world: China, Guatemala, India, Ethiopia, South Korea, Ukraine, Liberia and more. Adoption assistance is one of many programs offered by the organization, including counseling, youth outreach and services for the developmentally disabled and the aged.

"Our mission is to help build families," said Gipner.


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