Chicago Area Families For Adoption (CAFFA) Scholarship

I just saw this on Facebook and thought I’d share. It’s a college scholarship for people that were adopted. Who knew?!


CAFFA is pleased to invite students who will be entering college in Fall 2015 to enter our 4th Annual Essay Contest to win an Educational Scholarship! This $2,000 tuition scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior student who came into their family through adoption and has been accepted to a 2- or 4-year college for the 2015-2016 school year. The winning essay and photo of the recipient will be published on our website and in our newsletter.

To enter, see our Scholarship Information document ( ) for the application form and essay topics. Past and present CAFFA Board family members are not eligible for this scholarship. Applicants are not required to be CAFFA Members. Feel free to pass this information on to other Adoptive Families who have college bound students!

The application and essay must be completed by June 29, 2015. If you have any questions, you can contact Mike Lepley at We enjoy reading the entries each year and look forward to seeing the essays! Happy writing!


Great Idea to Pay for Child’s Born Day Party


I just saw the best idea I’ve heard to save up enough money to pay for your child’s born day (some say “birthday”) party! A parent on Facebook said that they use a jar to put spare change in for the year. When it’s time to plan the party, they crack it open and find out what the budget is!

This is a great way to teach patience, goal setting, savings habits and general financial education. My little one is too young to get the gist of this, but I’ll be filing it away for later.

Do you think that you could stick to whatever budget is set by the money in the jar? Would you cheat? Lol