RYE, N.Y. -- The Fifth Annual Food/Wine Tasting from Forever Families Through Adoption (FFTA) drew a large crowd to Crawford Park Mansion in Rye on Oct. 3, according to a news release.
The FFTA's "An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion," which also featured a silent auction, drew "generous local sponsors and auction item contributors (who) were vital to the evening's success," according to the release. FFTA is a Rye Brook-based nonprofit adoption placement agency authorized in New York and Connecticut.
Joy Goldstein founded the agency in 2007 with her husband, Michael Goldstein, and is the executive director. She said she was "inspired by the generosity and dedication" of those who gave during the evening.
“These collective efforts greatly enhance our ability to sustain and expand our outreach and education efforts in the community for which FFTA receives no fees,” she said in the release. “Our mission is to increase positive adoption awareness, empower families and serve the community and we pride ourselves on offering services and support to those who need it."
Judge Kathie E. Davidson, supervising judge of Family Court in the 9th Judicial District and Maria Recine, Family Court attorney and referee, also attended the event, according to the release.
"The event also featured a powerful presentation of families that FFTA helped create, as well as the number of children waiting for permanent homes in the foster care system," representatives wrote in the release. "The presentation reinforced a simple fact—children belong with families—and highlighted the critical fork in the road when states and government attempt to become substitute parents to these 125,000+ children."
To learn more about adoption and FFTA call 914-939-1180 or visit the FFTA website .