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22 years in the adoption field. Michele Fried is the founder and chair of Adoption STAR. Her foremost responsibilities are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors.




Before starting Adoption STAR. Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania and then after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Micheleís own family began to grow and they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele began working locally as an Inclusion Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. As the years went by, Michele was inspired by the great need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area and so Adoption STAR was born in March of 2000! Michele is very proud of the work Adoption STAR has done and continues to do, and states she is touched by the incredible birth mothers that work with the agency.

Awards and Honors

The community-at-large has also noticed Michele and her agency. In 2003 Michele received a Business First 40 Under Forty Award and in 2004 WKBW-TV honored Michele by selecting her to be one of the communityís Everyday Heroes. The YWCA also honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of twenty-six women making a difference in Western New York. In 2009 Michele was the recipient of a Business First Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. On May 1, 2010 during the Dazzling Decade ~ A Night of Starís 10th Birthday Gala, Micheleís own agency presented her with the First Michele Fried Founderís Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to an individual whose contributions, expertise, and dedication to adoption mirror Micheleís.

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Recent Answers from Adoption STAR

2016-11-03 International Adoption and School:

Maria,    Thank you for your question.  First and most importantly, congratulations on the adoption of your daughter!  How wonderful.  Your question is a very important one and one that can receive many

2016-11-03 International Adoption Travel:

Roxanne,  Thank you for your question.  First, congratulations on the upcoming adoption!  Very exciting.  Your question is so very important and raises many issues.  If you travel with your other children

2016-09-26 How would a child feel toward her mother?:

We are unclear exactly what you are asking, but will do our best to reply to your questions.  If a child feels safe and loved by an adoptive parent or guardian, they may wish to remain in the care of that

2016-09-26 How would a child feel toward her mother?:

We can not predict how a child might feel or react if a mother chooses not to reveal information about their birth father.  If there is no father listed on a child's birth certificate, the parent who is

2016-09-06 Adoption Research:

 Thank you for your question and best of luck with your research.     I do not work in Indiana, so am not familiar with the laws in that state regarding sealed adoption records and recommend you reach


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