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Adoptive Friends and Families of Greater Seattle empowers families through community.

AFFGS was formed in 1997 by several families built through adoption who recognized a need for more support and unity through the adoption process and beyond. We are a nonprofit support and educational group that includes both families touched by adoption and families waiting to adopt. We embrace all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as all types of adoptions.

Learn about our history.

What we do:

  • Host social events for our membership nearly every month of the year. These include a picnic, pool party, camping trip, roller-skating, and more. See our Events page for more information.
  • Facilitate monthly information and support sessions for families in process to adopt.
  • Connect families with others who have recently adopted.
  • Organize smaller social groups for families.
  • Put on educational presentations or panels for parents and families.

Most events are free or reduced price for paid member families.

Contact us

Get more information, join today or renew your membership, or support our work with a donation.

Meet the Board

Our all-volunteer Board is made up of adoptive parents. We meet on a monthly basis to conduct the business of the organization and plan social and educational events. All members interested in learning more or volunteering are invited to join our meetings.

Our next board meeting is on April 3, and will be online. Please email us for an invitation to the meeting.


Lisa Medel, President

Alisa Louie, Secretary, SNAP coordinator

Maura Madden, Treasurer

At-large members:

Arvind Aiyar, Member-at-large

Lisa Beneson, Small Groups coordinator

Whitney Brown, Membership

Sara Cole, Education

Eddie Cortez, AWAIT Co-coordinator

Sue Meza, Member-at-large

Steve Mohundro, Communications


Fernanda Spratt, AWAIT Co-coordinator