Adoptions Together, Inc.

Every Child. Every Family. Every Step of the Way.

aka FamilyWorks Together   |   Calverton, MD   |  http://www.adoptionstogether.org

Mission

Adoptions Together builds healthy lifelong family connections for every child and advocates for continuous improvement of systems that promote the well being of children.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Janice Goldwater LCSW-C

Main address

4061 Powder Mill Rd Suite 320

Calverton, MD 20705 USA

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Formerly known as

ATI

EIN

52-1703994

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Child Placement Programs

Adoptions Together, a licensed child placement agency in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia stabilizes and finds families for children in our community and beyond. We serve expectant parents with unintended pregnancies to help plan for the safety and security of their child by providing counseling services and support to make an informed decision for their child's future. We offer assessment services including home study and post placement services for any families pursuing the adoption or guardianship of a child. Our adoption placement programs serve infants, youth, sibling groups and older children. We are helpful guides before, during and after the process of family building. We support families every step of the way through counseling, education and training. The long-term health and well-being of all families is our priority.

Additionally, we aid regional public child welfare agencies by identifying gaps and working together to create solutions. We also share best practice for ensuring family well-being and that children in state foster care find healthy, permanent families of their own.

We raise awareness about adoption through adoption advocacy and through highly visible programs like the region's Heart Gallery, an online exhibit that features children in need of parents in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Population(s) Served
Families

Adoptions Together serves expectant parents with unintended pregnancies to help plan for the safety and security of their child by providing counseling services and support to make an informed decision for their child's future. When adoption is not the chosen option, we connect community resources to strengthen a parent's capacity to raise their child. The long-term health and well-being of all families is our priority.

We work with adults considering the option of adopting a child, including education and training to help provide a sound foundation for moving forward. We offer assessment services including home study and post placement services for any families pursuing the adoption or guardianship of a child. Once a family is built, we offer a robust base of family and community resources to support families every step of the way.

Through our FamilyWorks Together program, we provide highly specialized adoption-competent, trauma responsive counseling services to support our most vulnerable youth and families in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. In addition to individual and family counseling, some examples of our support services include: Transracial Adoption Support Groups for parents and children, weekly parent support groups, and specialized groups for children. The long-term health and well-being of all families is our priority.

Additionally, we aid regional public child welfare agencies by identifying gaps and working together to create solutions. A prime example of this is our Family Finding programs in Baltimore City and Prince George's County, Maryland where we work in partnership with the local departments to find parents for children in state foster care.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Adoptions Together’s FamilyWorks Together program provides training to parents and professionals through continuing education across our region, nationally, and internationally. As an adoption competent, trauma responsive agency, we recognize the impact trauma has on developing children and adults through our lifetime. Given the expertise in trauma responsive care that began with working with individuals and family systems, we have broadened our training to include organizational transformation that builds a trauma responsive environment. Professionals in a multitude of fields that serve children, families, and other individuals who may been affected by trauma such as schools, hospital workers and public servants seek our training.

We work to support professionals who interface with our populations such as therapists, counselors, teachers, and child welfare workers to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge to heal trauma.

Furthermore, adoption-competent training, education, and our counseling and support services are available to families in our community and across the country through on-demand e-learning videos. Since families built through adoption have a unique set of developmental challenges to address, we provide support as children mature through a holistic base of services including counseling, training and support groups. Ongoing learning is one of our highest priorities.

Trauma responsive practices are woven throughout every program of Adoptions Together.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Adoption Excellence Award 2010

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Angel in Adoption 2001

Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Affiliations & memberships

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) 2010

Joint Council on International Children's Services 2010

Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Adoptions Together was established in 1990 in direct response to a community need to serve families in need. We are a child and family health and welfare agency that provides therapeutic support and education for children and their families, works to build healthy, lifelong connections between children and families, and provides advocacy for best practices in child welfare systems. For 30 years, Adoptions Together's work has touched the lives of more than 8,500 children and thousands of families.

In 2016, a strategic decision was made to combine our education, counseling and special projects related to supporting permanency under the banner of FamilyWorks Together. This change will allow us to broaden our base of services, approach new partnerships and ultimately strengthen the organization as a whole.

Our programs strive to ensure that children of all ages have the opportunity to grow up in healthy, supportive and permanent families by addressing the issues of abuse, neglect and family stability at four critical points of impact:
(1) Reducing the number of children in foster care through preventative, reunification and family stabilization and adoption efforts;

(2) Recruiting, training, evaluating and supporting families who wish to adopt or provide guardianship for children unable to be raised in their birth family and may currently be residing in the public foster care system;

(3) Providing specialized counseling, education, and support services necessary to help children heal from past trauma and keep adoptive, foster, kinship and guardianship and birth families strong; and

(4) Serving as a regional expert on child welfare issues for a broad spectrum of educational, mental health, other professionals and community stakeholders.
More specifically, we work to serve struggling parents, families, children and pregnant women in the following ways:

1. Counseling and support to children and families before, during, and after their adoption or reunification journey.

2. Permanency placement for children of all ages- from birth to older youth in foster care.

3. Recruiting, screening, educating, and preparing loving families for children recently born and those currently in foster care.

4. Offering counseling, education and support services to keep families strong and ensure successful placements.

5. Free, all options counseling and education to expectant parents facing an unplanned pregnancy

6. Offering permanency-competent clinical training and education to professionals in mental health, health care, and education with cutting-edge treatment skills and best practices in treating issues specific to families with children who have been adopted.

7. Advocating for continued improvements in child welfare systems to ensure that children do not end up in foster care due to systemic problems within our governmental systems.

In 2016, Adoptions Together focused heavily on efforts that:
1) Strategically direct the agency to broaden it's footprint of services to ensure families and children in our community are created, sustained and healthy.
2) Broaden Adoptions Together's scope of service to create the resources to treat the child welfare population by having the ability to accept Medicaid.
3) Increase the number of people utilizing Adoptions Together placement and therapeutic support services.
4) Increase the number scope, breadth and depth of our professional training regarding trauma, attachment, principles of neuroscience and issues specific to the child welfare population.  
5) Continue to build a foundation of financial support through a robust and effective donor engagement strategy.
6) Significantly increase our use of technology through the installation of LiveChat on our website, our use of an integrated digital marketing approach, and the design of a future cloud based project

In 2017 we will continue on our strategic directory to increase our footprint of services that are trauma-informed, attachment focused, and based on promising and best practices in our field. Additionally, we will continue on our path to maximize our technology for marketing and program services/security. Some of the key strategies we have for achieving our 2017 goals are as follows:

1. Reorganizing our agency under the following broad pillars: AdoptionsTogether (child placement and related services), FamilyWorks Together (education, training and special projects), and our general and administrative (finance, HR, technology). This reorganization will better use our internal resources, increase our access to projects and funders that are not solely based on child placement services, and reduce duplication across projects.

2. Maximizing our technology approach: this year we will be moving all of our storage and servers into secure cloud access through a grant funded project that will increase our security on client data and heavily reduce lag times, thus increasing productivity across the agency.

3. We have organized a special board/staff committee to design a robust and comprehensive outcomes measurement strategy

4. We have a new committee focused on ensuring the mission and the funding are in strategic alliance to best serve the future of the agency

Over our 29 year history, Adoptions Together has developed numerous resources that allow us to achieve our mission of ensuring permanency for children. We have a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, as well as an experienced and committed board that establishes goals and evaluates progress. Strong relationships with local governments allow us to create exciting and innovative new programs that fill the gaps in the public child welfare system. Our programming is funded by a healthy mix of revenue streams, including fee-for-service, private foundations, public grants and contracts, and individual/corporate donations. This diversity of funding has sustained Adoptions Together's work in the community. Internally, our strong information technology resources enable the agency to communicate and manage client and funding information in an efficient and effective manner. The agency takes pride in the adoption of evidence based practices in its clinical work and continually strives to achieve best practices in non-profit management.

In terms of our 2017 areas of growth, to date we have achieved the following:

Goal 1. Reorganizing our agency under the following broad pillars: AdoptionsTogether (child placement and related services), FamilyWorks Together (education, training and special projects), and our general and administrative (finance, HR, technology). This reorganization will better use our internal resources, increase our access to projects and funders that are not solely based on child placement services, and reduce duplication across projects.

Progress: we have just completed this re-organization and rolled out the new name of FamilyWorks Together. We are following a dedicated social media and integrated marketing approach to building this brand in order to grow those services and our corresponding footprint.

Goal 2. Maximizing our technology approach: this year we will be moving all of our storage and servers into secure cloud access through a grant funded project that will increase our security on client data and heavily reduce lag times, thus increasing productivity across the agency.

Progress: we just received approval on the associated funding in February and have chosen our technology partner for this project. Our next steps are to finalize the overall plan and then actualize it.

Goal 3: We have organized a special board/staff committee to design a robust and comprehensive outcomes measurement strategy

Progress: the committee has been formed and the plan is in development

Goal 4: We have a new committee focused on ensuring the mission and the funding are in strategic alliance to best serve the future of the agency

Progress: the committee has been formed. The first project underway in the committee is to examine our fee for service levels and complete a market analysis of our area competitors. Additionally, we are beginning to look at one specific, contractual program that has changed it's payment approach and discussing ways to mitigate this change financially.

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Adoptions Together, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Choi

Amazon

Term: 2019 - 2021

Lynn Alberti

Michele Bond

Retired, US State Dept.or

Tom Burton

Alex Brown Realty, Inc.

Amy Choi

Amazon

Kimberly Day

Indigo

Jennifer Farland

ENGAGE

Jim Lee

Merrill Lynch

Rick Lober

Hughes Network Systems

Danielle Morello

Cohen & Gresser, LLP

Janet St. Amand

Retired VP - HSBC North America

Paula Skedsvold

Former Executive Director, FABBS

Joseph Summerill

The Summerill Group, LLC

Lori Vacek

Retired, Freddie Mac Corporation

Bob Cecil

Retired Principal, KPMG

Jason DeLoach

Alexander & Cleaver

Alyssa Hermann

Sandy Spring Bank

Susana Zhuo

Realtor, Taylor Properties

Nick Brennan

University of Maryland - Robert School of Business

Janice Goldwater

Adoptions Together

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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