About Friends of Fana
Friends of FANA is a network of families with children of all ages adopted from Friends of FANA is a network of families with children of all ages adopted from Colombia. We are located in the Washington, DC area and most of our activities take place locally.
Friends of FANA is a network of families with children of all ages adopted from Colombia. We are located in the Washington, DC area and most of our activities take place locally. However, we welcome participation from families across the United States who seek a connection to the birthplace of their children – Colombia. That connection may be through cultural and educational events, through supporting orphanages in Colombia, or through sharing experiences with other families and adoptees.
Friends of FANA was founded by adoptive parents to provide educational and cultural opportunities for our children who were born in Colombia and to provide support to orphanages in Colombia. We seek to enhance the lives of our children by providing educational, cultural, and social activities that foster our children’s understanding of Colombia. We also want to reach out to other children and young adults who are from Colombia, but who may not have a way to connect to the heritage of their birthplace. We actively seek educational opportunities for all Colombian-American children and offer a variety of events in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for children and their families. For more information, see Local Cultural Events.
While providing for Colombian-American children’s needs, we also are committed to supporting needy children in Colombia at orphanages such as FANA—Fecundation para la Asistencia de la Niñez Abandonada – the orphanage in Bogotá where many of our children lived before joining our families. We feel a responsibility to help those children and young women still in need in Colombia and the orphanages that continue to support them. We have an active relationship with FANA in Bogotá providing funds as well as donations of supplies. We also help support a shelter for young women seeking a safe haven during their pregnancy. For more information, see What is FANA.
Friends of FANA began as a committee of interested parents under the auspices of The Barker Foundation. The mission then was very much the same as it is now – to provide for cultural and educational opportunities for our families as well as to provide support to the orphanage in Bogotá. All of those initial families had adopted from FANA. Today, our membership has expanded to include family members, friends, adoptees themselves, and people with a professional or personal interest in Colombian adoption.
Friends of FANA was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001 and received IRS 501 c(3) charitable status in the spring of 2002. The organization is run by board of directors who are elected to two-year terms. Officers of the Board are elected annually. Directors are required to be members in good standing, but are not required to be adoptive parents.
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