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Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

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

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

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Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

EIN: 52-1703994


Mission

Paths for Families builds and supports healthy lifelong connections for every child and advocates for continuous improvement of systems that strengthen family well-being.

Ruling year info

1992

Acting CEO

Mrs. Lisa Dominiguez 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

Subject area info

Health care access

Community mental health care

Mental health counseling

Human services information

Family services

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Population served info

Children and youth

Families

Parents

Children of LGBTQ parents

Foster and adoptive children

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The individual, community and social needs of vulnerable children who cannot live with their families of origin are far reaching. According to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services Admin. for Children & Families, there are approximately 440,000 children currently placed in our country’s public foster care system. Over 123,000 of those children are available for adoption and growing into adulthood with no permanent family. Early childhood adversities leading to removal from their home and separation from their family have a profound impact on a child’s development. The mental health consequences associated with removal and long-term placements in foster care are significant. The prevailing research is clear: the adverse childhood experience of trauma, abuse and neglect compromises a young child’s sense of safety contributing to a broad array of negative physical and mental health challenges. Children need to be raised in stable families with support available to keep them healthy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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

Drenda Lakin Memorial Award 2007

Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Adoption Excellence Award 2010

Voice for Adoption

Community Partner Award 2016

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

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

National Adoption Association 2000

Leadership Greater Washington 2005

All Children-All Families Initiative - Innovator 2020

Voice for Adoption 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Parents, Non-adult children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders, Domestic workers

Related Program

Professional Education and Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Days of interim care provided to babies in our care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Child Placement Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Older children from public foster care connected to secure, permanent adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families of choice, Families of origin, Non-adult children, Parents

Related Program

Child Placement Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Infant placements with permanent families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Foster and adoptive children, Orphans, Children of LGBTQ parents, Foster and adoptive parents

Related Program

Child Placement Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Paths for Families (Formerly 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 over 30 years, Paths for Families' work has touched the lives of more than 8,500 children and thousands of families.

Our programs strive to ensure that children of all ages will 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 prevention focused on stabilization of first families who are struggling, reunification efforts and permanency through adoption/kinship/guardianship;
(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, guardianship and birth families strong; and
(4) Serving as a regional expert on child welfare issues including the impact of trauma for a broad spectrum of educational, mental health, and other child serving professionals and community stakeholders.

More specifically, we impact systems on the micro and macro levels by providing the following services:

1. All options counseling and education to expectant parents facing an unintended pregnancy.
2. Counseling and support to children and families before, during, and after their adoption or reunification journey.
3. Permanency placement for children of all ages- from birth to older youth in foster care.
4. Recruiting, screening, educating, and preparing families to adopt children recently born and those currently in state foster care.
5. Offering counseling, education and support services to keep families strong and ensure successful placements.
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. Providing specialized training and organizational transformation to understand and create trauma responsive environments.
8. 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.

Adoptions Together focuses 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 stable, sustained and thriving.
2) Increase the accessibility of the placement and therapeutic support services to ensure we are reaching those who need us.
4) Increase the scope, breadth and depth of our professional training regarding trauma, attachment, principles of neuroscience and issues specific to the child welfare population on both an individual and institutional level.
5) Continue to build a foundation of financial support through a robust and effective donor engagement strategy which includes establishing an endowment for long term sustainability.

We will continue on our strategic directory to increase our footprint of services that are trauma-responsive, 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.18

Average of 2.02 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3

Average of 2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $100,652 $70,251 $181,138 $1,023,445 $196,584
As % of expenses 3.2% 2.3% 5.7% 28.8% 4.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $75,535 $54,250 $164,769 $1,001,595 $174,855
As % of expenses 2.4% 1.7% 5.2% 28.0% 4.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,185,819 $3,184,634 $3,318,504 $4,583,675 $4,354,767
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.3% 0.0% 4.2% 38.1% -5.0%
Program services revenue 83.2% 84.8% 84.3% 72.1% 80.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 16.8% 15.2% 14.3% 27.3% 19.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.5% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,130,407 $3,120,591 $3,159,469 $3,554,724 $4,096,496
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.0% -0.3% 1.2% 12.5% 15.2%
Personnel 64.9% 65.8% 69.0% 67.6% 72.4%
Professional fees 5.1% 3.8% 3.6% 4.5% 6.4%
Occupancy 6.9% 6.0% 5.9% 4.9% 4.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 23.0% 24.4% 21.5% 23.0% 17.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,155,524 $3,136,592 $3,175,838 $3,576,574 $4,118,225
One month of savings $260,867 $260,049 $263,289 $296,227 $341,375
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $58,044 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,416,391 $3,396,641 $3,497,171 $3,872,801 $4,459,600

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 1.4 3.0 4.3 3.0
Months of cash and investments 1.3 1.5 3.2 4.9 5.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.5 1.7 2.1 5.3 5.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $317,248 $370,371 $797,940 $1,260,159 $1,026,077
Investments $24,663 $31,153 $53,586 $198,371 $676,662
Receivables $309,492 $346,504 $611,952 $415,412 $653,635
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $270,242 $282,242 $266,351 $278,351 $230,253
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 84.6% 86.7% 70.2% 75.1% 74.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.4% 44.6% 60.4% 26.9% 26.7%
Unrestricted net assets $421,162 $475,412 $640,181 $1,641,776 $1,864,633
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $90,000
Total net assets $421,162 $475,412 $640,181 $1,641,776 $1,954,633

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Acting CEO

Mrs. Lisa Dominiguez LCSW-C

Lisa Dominguez, LICSW, LCSW-C, joined Paths for Families in 2022 in the role of Chief Program Officer and is now our Acting CEO, as Janice Goldwater is retiring as of May 1, 2024. Ms. Dominguez received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and her Masters in Social Work from New York University. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families impacted by trauma and loss and has specialized training in working with foster and adoptive families. Ms. Dominguez has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and has a certificate in Advance Trauma Treatment from the Ferentz Institute. In addition to her direct service with children and families and contract oversight experience, she is a seasoned supervisor and trainer. Ms. Dominguez has provided trainings on topics related to trauma and childrens mental health for both parents and professionals locally, nationally, and internationally.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Paths for Families (Formerly Adoptions Together, Inc.)

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Bob Cecil

Retired Principal, KPMG

Term: 2023 - 2025

Lynn Alberti

Retired, Freddie Mac Corporation

Tom Burton

Alex Brown Realty, Inc.

Janet St. Amand

Retired VP - HSBC North America

Lori Vacek

Retired, Freddie Mac Corporation

Bob Cecil

Retired Principal, KPMG

Jason DeLoach

Alexander & Cleaver

Alyssa Hermann

Sandy Spring Bank

Nick Brennan

University of Maryland - Robert School of Business

Janice Goldwater

Adoptions Together

Dionne Moore

Partners for the Common Good

Brooke Petty

ERP International

Shannon Pierce

Brown Advisory

Bianca Pinnock

Shulman Rogers

Cheryl Richter

Retired, Federal Highway Administration

Roger Whyte

Stratus Firm

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • 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 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.