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March 2018
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Contact List:

Carol Schmidt
Justine Petit
Vice President:
Lisa Freedman
Kay Tracy
Newsletter Editor:
Nora Newman
Grow Bag Coordinator:
Gina Pollock
Internet Contact:
Gina Pollock
Orphanage Support:
Gina Pollock
South Central PA Contact:
Gina Pollock

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img s.gifFamilies for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption Including Neighboring Countries- Pennsylvania Chapter
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first.jpgWelcome to FRUA-PA††††††††† 

FRUA PA is a 501c3 non-profit organized to support and assist adoptive families with children from Russia, Ukraine and Neighboring Countries. We offer cultural, social and educational opportunities for adults and children. FRUA PA currently has 92 members with children from: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Lithuania. If you are looking for a supportive, friendly adoption community, please consider joining us!

FRUA National Scholarship

For the fifth year, FRUA is proud to offer a scholarship program. FRUA will offer two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, for the 2013-2014 academic year.
- ONE scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will be pursuing post-secondary education in fall 2013 at an accredited two- or four-year college, trade or technical school. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
- ONE scholarship will be awarded to a returning or continuing post-secondary student. Recognizing that most scholarships are for first-year students but education expenses can continue for several years, we will award $1,000 to a student already enrolled in post-secondary education an accredited two or four-year college, trade or technical school.
"FRUA is delighted to continue its scholarship program," says acting National Board Chair Jan Wondra. "Each year the scholarship committee and National Board are thoroughly impressed by the quality, scholarship, talent, and community-mindedness of the applicants. And we are humbled by the insights these young adults share in their essays. It is such a pleasure to be able to recognize students through our scholarship program."
All applicants must be a FRUA memberís dependent child adopted from Eastern Europe/Eurasia/Caucasus.
Applications must be post-marked by March 23, 2013. The FRUA National Board will announce selected recipients by May 22, 2013.

Upcoming FRUA PA Events 


Family Outing FRUA PA will be gathering for another child-centered outing at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia on November 23 at 10:30 am. The event is open to FRUA PA members and potential members. If you would like to attend or have questions about FRUA PA, please send an email to: For information on the museum and pricing, please see:

Joining FRUA-PA

Membership in FRUA-PA is $35 per family/year. This includes free or reduced admission to our social events, educational seminars, quarterly newsletters containing educational, social and cultural articles of interest to adoptive families, and the national FRUA newsletter Family Focus. Moreover, it gives you immediate support and access to other families who have adopted from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and children your adopted child can play with, interact with, and grow up with who have gone through the same experiences. Our families have found that there is no roadmap to guide new parents of adoptive children from the former Soviet Union, so we've turned to the real experts - other families. We can help you prepare for your adoption experience and support you after you return home

To join FRUA, go to: and click on Membership, be sure to select Pennsylvania.

 Members Only Benefits

FRUA Scholarship

FRUA PA Newsletter

FRUA's Family Focus - The Family Focus provides information, inspiration, and support to FRUA members. Published quarterly, it seeks to meet the myriad needs of members, with articles on a broad range of topics, from health and development to education, culture and heritage, and general adoption material.

Grow Bag Program

FRUA-PA operates a chapter-affiliated Grow Bag Program. Grow bags are given to adopting parents and are filled with good donations (clothing, over-the-counter medicines, toiletries, and developmental toys) collected by our membership. The bags are hand delivered to the orphanage by the traveling family. The family then returns the Grow Bag back to FRUA-PA to be refilled for the next traveling family. Participation in the Grow Bag is availble only to FRUA members.

FRUA-PA member Michele delivering Grow Bag to Russian Orphange


FRUA-PA Opportunities:

Volunteers Needed! We need volunteers to help us run events, coordinate activities and just generally pitch in to help. Contact Carol Schmidt for more information (link to email in left hand column).

Help us raise funds: Subscribe to, or renew your subscription to, Adoptive Families Magazine and they will donate $5 to FRUA PA.Use this code when ordering: Q092624

Help us increase membership: FRUA-PA is looking for families from the following regions who are interested in forming sub-chapters: Northeastern PA, Southwestern PA, and Northwestern PA. We have groups currently forming in Central PA and Southcentral PA. For more information, please contact Carol Scmidt, FRUA-PA President (link to email in lefthand column).

Lancaster, PA

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