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Creating A Family Presents Adoption 101 On Nov. 16


November 13, 2017

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Dawn Davenport

On Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., Creating a Family will present "Adoption 101," an educational event for anyone who may be considering adoption, or would just like to learn more about the process. The presentation will take place at First United Methodist Church, and will cover all types of adoption including domestic infant adoption, international adoption and foster care adoption. Child care will be provided and there is no cost to attend. Registration is not necessary.

Creating a Family is a national nonprofit organization that happens to be headquartered in Brevard. The organization was founded when Brevard resident Dawn Davenport became interested in international adoption. When Davenport began researching the adoption process, she felt there was a lack of unbiased education and support for prospective adoptive parents.

"I was quickly overwhelmed by the information that was out there. The process seemed overwhelming, and everyone who was offering education seemed like they were trying to sell me something," Davenport said.

A lawyer by training and a researcher at heart, Davenport set out to learn everything she could about adoption; not just the process, but also the emotional issues, financial considerations and resources available. After she and her husband, Peter, successfully adopted their fourth child, she wondered if other people could benefit from the knowledge she had learned along the way.

She wrote a book, "The Complete Guide to International Adoption," which was published by Random House in 2006, and founded Creating a Family shortly afterward. Since that time, Creating a Family has grown to become the national adoption and infertility education and support nonprofit, touching the lives of over 500,000 families each year. Creating a Family produces many high-quality free resources for families, including a weekly podcast that recently celebrated 1.5 million listens.

"Adoption 101" is part of Creating a Family's celebration of national adoption month, which is held every November. For more information about the "Adoption 101" event, call (828) 384-8031 or email


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