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Welcome to FRUA INC, where our membership, volunteer leadership and organizational structure combine to support you and your adoptive family.

Within FRUA, we believe strongly in the word “community.”  Not just because raising an adoptive child can be as challenging as it is exhilarating, but because a family needs a support structure around it to successfully raise any child.

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At FRUA we are all adoptive parents/families and supporters of kids from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Many of us have biological children or children adopted from other regions of the world as well.  We're all volunteers and we are so glad to provide you with these community touch-points:


  • FRUA Regional Chapters...Our regional chapter and POD (Parent Organized District) organization structure is unique in that it is the “on-the-ground” presence that makes our promise of “hope, help and community” real.  Go to the chapter content in this community section to learn more about the regional chapter in your area.
  • FRUA Facebook page... go directly to the FRUA Facebook page from the same highlighted help area on the right, visible from any page on this website.  This is a forum of FRUA members who discuss a wide variety of topics from family resources, regional and local needs and issues, to heritage and educational issues.
  • FRUA Teen Facebook page.....Just for our teens and young adults, this is a place for them to discuss the things they think about.  Registration for this area is set up for FRUA member teens.  Parents are encouraged to respect their teen's need to express themselves with their peers and invited to join the FRUA Facebook page for adults.





There are currently ten FRUA Regional Chapters in the U.S.  FRUA also has members in countries outside the United States.  The great value of FRUA lies not only in the activities that occur at the National level but also on the local level where families are able to come together to share in educational, social and cultural events and activities.  It is at the local level where relationships are forged and resources are offered that benefit our children and families on an individual basis.

There are many activities that are happening at the local level.  The most popular events held at the regional level are the Winter/Early Spring Celebrations (various regions may call these celebrations White Nights, Winterfest, Grandfather Frost, Springfest, Baba Marta Day, Nawruz, and more) and the Summer Gathereings (Picnics, Yarmarkas, Family or Heritage Camps).  Some regions have developed more local connections to Eastern European orphanages and have developed signature Orphanage Support fundraisers.  Many regions have developed more formalized parent education programs in response to their members' needs.  Some others have discovered the FRUA National Coffee for Orphanage Support program and a packaged way to involve member families.

Regional Chapters are organized entirely through the efforts of volunteers who design events specific to the interests and needs of their region's constituency.  FRUA continues to welcome new volunteers who can assist with a core leadership role in local regions or assist with a one-time event/project commitment.  Regionalr volunteers provide a necessary point of contact for families considering adoption to have questions answered.  

At present the birth countries of our children include:  Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Vietnam, and the United States... with Slavic, Romani, Turkic, Asian, African, and a number of native Siberian heritages ... but this is a fluid and ever-changing list. 



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