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Every Child. Every Family. Every Step of the Way. 2011 Annual Report


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ADOPTIONS TOGETHER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT | EVERY CHILD. EVERY FAMILY. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.


Contents Welcome to Adoptions Together

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A message from the founder and executive director

Mission & Vision A Year in Numbers Real Stories

Real Change

a special needs adoption

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creates permanent bonds

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reunifies families

Real Stories

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an adoptee giving back to the community

Take Action, Join Us A Year in Numbers

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2011 Summary of Accomplishments

Real Stories

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of an older child in foster care

Real Impact

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facilitates education and training

Real Stories

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adopted with the help of The Heart Gallery

Real Families

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a domestic infant adoption

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Real Connections

Real Stories

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Financial Report Partners in Action

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Corporate Investors, Foundation 22-23 Investors, Government Partners and United Way Partners Board of Directors and Leadership 24-25

Guiding Principles

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Welcome home. A message from the Founder and Executive Director Wel co m e to t he A do pti o ns To g eth e r co m m un i ty w h e re co n ne c ti o ns a n d rel ati o ns hi ps a re at t h e ver y co re o f w ho we a re a s i nd i v i d u a l s , a s fa mi l i e s , a n d a s a s o c i ety. S i n c e 1 99 0, w e hav e b e e n p r i v i l e ge d to b ui l d, s tre ngt he n , a n d m a i nta i n co nn e ct i o n s fo r o ver 15 , 00 0 ch i l d re n a n d fa mi l i es . 2 0 1 1 wa s a ye a r o f re d ef i ni n g , dee p e ni n g , a n d ex pa n di ng o ur re a ch a s a n a g e nc y. We b ui l t st ro ng er, i n n ova ti v e co l l a bo rati o ns to i m p a c t fa mi l i es a n d ch i l dre n w ho n e ed e d us ; we fo cus e d eve n mo re de e pl y o n s er v i c e del i ver y co ns i s te nt w i t h l ea di ng res e a rc h o n th e bra i n a n d bra i n d evel o p m e nt ; a n d st re ngt h en e d o u r vo i ce a s a l ea d er i n a d vo ca ti ng fo r per m a ne n cy fo r a l l c hi l dre n. A s we m ove fo r wa rd i nto 20 1 2, we a re exci te d to fo c us o n a d ef i n ed stra teg i c p l a n ni ng p ro c es s w h i c h w i l l s et th e to n e fo r th e nex t f i ve y ea rs o f o u r wo r k. A s th e fa ce o f t he fa m i l y co nti n u es to c ha n g e, A do pti o ns To g et he r l o o ks fo r wa rd to h el pi n g to def i n e ways to i nters e ct co mm u ni ty ne e ds w i t h i nn ovat i ve s er v i c e d el i ver y a n d bes t pra c ti ce a pp ro a c hes . I f t h i s i s yo ur f i rst ti me l e a r n i ng a bo u t A do pti o ns To g et her, o r yo u h av e be en i n o ur fa mi l y fo r ma ny y ea rs , we w el co me yo u a s a pa r t n er a n d f r i en d. Pl e a s e j o i n us i n i m pa c ti ng ev er y c hi l d , ev er y fa m i l y, ever y ste p o f th e way. S i n ce rel y, J a ni c e G o l dwate r Fo u n d er, E xe c ut i v e D i re c to r a n d D e di cate d I nv esto r 4

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our 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.

our vision Every child will have lifelong connections to a caring, nurturing family.

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A Year in Numbers 2011 Summary of Adoptions

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DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTIONS INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS OLDER CHILDREN ADOPTIONS CHILDREN ADOPTED

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“All children deserve a family, even if it takes a village!”

real stories of a special needs adoption Robert came into care when he was one year old. Due to his birthmother’s substance abuse during her pregnancy and lack of appropriate prenatal care, Robert was premature and was expected to have significant developmental delays and medical needs. As Robert aged, his medical needs increased. By age 13, he was considered medically fragile and was diagnosed with a host of medical conditions including cerebral palsy, respiratory airway disease, anoxic encephalopathy and microcephaly that resulted in him being non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and cortically blind. In addition, Robert required a g-tube for feeding and had a tracheotomy so that he could breathe properly. Since the age of five, Robert was placed in a group home for medically fragile youth. For years, his only visitors were his brother and his social services case manager. When Robert first became a part of the Family Find project, the goal was to locate a resource who would be able to consistently visit Robert. Through case mining, the Family Find Project identified a life-long connection. When approached by the Family Find Project, Robert’s surrogate parent for education Sally, agreed without hesitation to be a permanent resource for him. She and her husband, Joseph were adamant that Robert deserved more than just someone who could consistently visit him and thus expressed desire to adopt Robert. Many of Robert’s service providers were concerned that due to his significant medical needs, he would never be able to live outside of a facility; however due to amazing teamwork and lots of love, Robert was adopted by his forever family. Although Robert cannot speak, his smile is worth a thousand words. All children deserve a family even if it takes a village!

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real connections Adoptions Together Creates Permanent Bonds

Adoptions Together’s work… 

Baltimore City Department of Social Services: Family Find/ Step Down Project

AdoptionWorks

The Permanency Opportunities Project (POP) in Washington, DC

Domestic Infant Adoptions

International Adoptions

Interim Foster Care

The Freddie Mac Foundation Heart Gallery

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This year 104,000 children across the US waited in foster care for their forever families. 27,653 children aged-out of the foster care system without a family of their own. 23% of these children will never finish high school or receive their GED, and 30% will be incarcerated.* Adoptions Together believes no child should be forgotten, including the thousands of teens waiting in foster care in our region. We are partnering with DC’s Child and Family Service Agency (CFSA) and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS) to thoroughly investigate each child’s past, searching for positive connections to people who have impacted their lives in a healthy way. At the same time, we are looking for families to provide the love and stability these children so desperately need. Our mission is to reach the forgotten children, at any age, and find that one person who will hold them close, and keep them from disappearing into the margins of society forever.

* The AFCARS Report—Preliminary FY2011 Estimates as of 2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Children’s Bureau

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“You are never too old to want a family of your own.”

real stories of an older child in foster care My name is Josh. I have been in foster care for fourteen years and have been in eight foster homes and nine different schools. When my worker asked me if I wanted to be in the Family Find Step Down (FFSD) project and work with a special team on finding me a family, I said “yes.” I didn't really think it would work, but I decided to try. Maybe someone would want a sixteen year old kid. I was surprised when the FFSD team told me that they had found my mom’s brother—I didn’t think I had any family! I was even more surprised when my uncle invited me to come to a family reunion. The closer we got to the reunion day, the more nervous I got, but the FFSD team helped me to prepare to meet my family. When I walked into the reunion, the first thing I noticed were how many people were there. The second thing I noticed was they were all happy to see me. Lots of people told me they thought I was adopted a long time ago and didn’t know I was in foster care! The day was so great! I met thirty seven people who are my family—especially my grandma who has invited me to visit every weekend since. My worker says my grandma is interested in having me come home and live with her. I’m excited to have a family and not be alone anymore. I’m happy to have people to lean on who care about me. I’m happy my grandma wants me with her and that I get to spend time with my uncles and aunts and cousins. My worker says you are never too old to have a family. A few months ago, I didn’t think that was true, but now I know that everyone needs a family. ADOPTIONS TOGETHER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT | EVERY CHILD. EVERY FAMILY. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

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real impact Adoptions Together facilitates education and training

Adoptions Together’s work… 

Increases critical knowledge and awareness

Normalizes the adoption experience

Increases confidence and comfort with the parenting role

Decreases feelings of isolation by fostering connections among families who share similar experiences and concerns

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Arms parents with actionable strategies and techniques

Adoption is a lifelong journey with unique issues that require specialized, ongoing education and support at every stage in the process. As different challenges, questions and needs arise, Adoptions Together is there to offer families the information and tools they need to thrive and move forward in healthy and positive ways. In 2011, approximately 1,800 parents participated in the nearly 250 educational offerings provided by Adoptions Together including in-person classes, “live” webinars, on-demand webinars, parent education conferences and support groups. “All of the information was very helpful. It made us aware of how our expectations might differ from reality,” a couple said after a conference. “The information on dealing with birthparents was invaluable, as was the discussion on attachment, trauma, claiming your child and creating a life book to tell our child’s story.” “I am now far more emotionally prepared and sensitive to the cultural needs of a child adopted trans-racially,” a waiting parent commented following a support group meeting. “I learned about how brain development and trauma can lead to behaviors that are not otherwise intuitive or easily understood. I especially liked when specific examples from real life were provided and discussed,” mentioned a parent at the conclusion of a webinar.

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“Seeing the picture on The Heart Gallery sealed the deal for me.”

real stories of a child adopted with the help of The Heart Gallery On March 3, 2011, Margaret Robinson’s life changed forever. That is the day she first saw the photograph of Aminia on The Heart Gallery, and she knew right away that she was going to be her daughter. Ms. Robinson had previously heard background information about Aminia, but the picture sealed the deal. She said “yes” that same day. Aminia, whose name meant Faith, was in foster care for 7 years, and on The Heart Gallery for over one year. That all changed when she met her new mother at a local Chuckie Cheese restaurant. When Ms. Robinson arrived, she saw Aminia laughing and playing games, but she took a few moments to watch from afar before introducing herself. She was in awe. Aminia was very excited to meet her, and she was especially excited to learn about her new room! Ms. Robinson took two pictures at the end of the day: one for Aminia to keep and one for her to keep, until they could finally be together. When asked if she would adopt again, Ms. Robinson did not hesitate before saying, “Definitely!” She hopes to bring another older child in foster care home to join her, her two daughters and round out the family. Aminia is looking forward to having another sibling some day, as she knows she’ll be a good role model to help the other child adjust to the family. Until then, Ms. Robinson is very content witnessing Aminia flourish in her new surroundings!

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Adoptions Together’s Special Events 

Fall Family Day

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Taste of Potomac (Annual Auction & Gala) Golf Tournament

Freddie Mac’s Adoption Expo

real families Adoptions Together celebrates Fall Family Day! Fall Family Day celebrates families who have come together through adoption, guardianship, foster care and kinship care. Children of all ages, from every part of the world, who once experienced life without parents, come with their families to experience this event. Each year children enjoy games and fun like the annual cakewalk (a version of musical chairs), the DJ offering upbeat music, face painting and a teen lounge. This is a day when children learn that they are not alone in having families who may have come together differently. It is a day when parents and guardians meet each other, share resources, and establish relationships with other families for ongoing support. It is a time when laughter, stories and challenges are shared in an environment where families come in all varieties. We are actively looking for sponsors who would enjoy investing in families by sponsoring this annual event. Please contact Laura Duvelius at (301) 422-5132.

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“Even non-typical stories get a happy ending.”

real stories of a domestic infant adoption Several years ago, a family adopted an infant, Baby C, through a local attorney in their home state. While in her birth mother’s womb, Baby C had been regularly exposed to substances with major effects on her development and long term potential, which had not been made clear to the parents. After seeking genetic evaluation, the adoptive family decided to consult another attorney regarding different options they had and were eventually referred to Adoptions Together. Through a difficult decision months later, Adoptions Together was asked to locate an alternate family for Baby C, who by then was four months old. Adoptions Together compiled a comprehensive recruitment package and sent it to multiple families across our multiple programs. At the same time AT was searching for alternate caregivers, Baby C’s first adoptive family received extensive counseling about their decision. Counseling helped them to transition from feelings of shame to feelings of confidence that they were proactively ensuring for the wellbeing of Baby C. Adoptions Together found a family who already had adopted two older children from foster care and were eager to adopt another child, a baby, even with the significant needs of Baby C. A transition plan was put together to increase her comfort with the new family. The plan also included legal, practical and emotional support and guidance for the two families to work together for Baby C’s transition and long term care. Baby C is now thriving with her new family and her first family receives regular updates. Baby C’s story is not a typical one, but one that Adoptions Together was able to write a happy ending for. ADOPTIONS TOGETHER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT | EVERY CHILD. EVERY FAMILY. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

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real change Adoptions Together reunifies families “Only eight months after joining PAP, my children got to come home from foster care. I’ll do everything in my power to ensure they are happy, healthy and stay with me.”

Adoptions Together’s Parent Advocate Project helps…  increase in weekly visitation schedules and low recidivism  expedite weekend and overnight visits  improved communication between parent and social worker/other relevant parties  improved parent productivity i.e., enrollment in GED, job training or college classes  obtain adequate housing  expedite connection to relevant resources and services

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Yasmine, a 29 year old mother of three, had 11 referrals (complaints) made to the Child and Family Services Agency hotline for the family between 2001 and 2008. Her children were placed into foster care and Yasmine entered the Parent Advocate Project in January 2009. With the guidance, experience and wisdom of her PAP mentor Cheryl, Yasmine’s one hour visits once a week were increased to six hour unsupervised Saturday visits, within just a month of mentorship. Throughout the year, these visits increased and by March 2010 the children rejoined their mother in the home. Reunification has been successful, with routine and unscheduled visits from CFSA social workers and her PAP mentor. Three years after being reunified, the family of four is thriving and doing incredibly well. Edwin, a 64 year old veteran and single father to 12 year old twins, was referred to the Parent Advocate Project in April 2009. Edwin had been struggling with overcome substance abuse and through his PAP mentor found the strength to enter a residential drug treatment center and completed the program. Upon completion of the program, Edwin and his children continued counseling sessions and visits with the mentor. His PAP mentor advocated for Edwin to get unsupervised visits with his girls, eventually leading to weekend day visits and finally weekend overnight visits by October. The family was reunified December 11, 2009, eight months after joining the Parent Advocate Project. Edwin and his girls are doing well, preparing for high school and the young adult life that will follow.

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“Being an adopted child, I wanted to give back.”

real stories of an adoptee giving back to the community The Adoptions Together “Taste of Potomac” brings leaders in our community, advocates for children and friends who care together. Guests enjoy an evening of entertainment, several auctions and delicious food from Potomac area restaurants. The nearly 30 restaurants donate their fare for the enjoyment of our guests and to help Adoptions Together raise awareness and funding to find homes for children in foster care. Many of the dedicated committee members have been devoted to this project since inception four years ago. Each year this team works tirelessly to plan and execute this phenomenal event. Judy Sebring has been hosting the Taste of Potomac at her Potomac home since the event began. Judy was quoted in Washington Life Magazine’s Charitable Spotlight: Judy PolkSebring & Adoptions Together (Posted on 03 December 2010) as saying, “Being that I was adopted and my brother was adopted, working with an adoption agency is very dear to me. I wanted to give back.” If you would like to “give back” or join us at a fun -filled evening designed to help children in foster care find a forever home, join us in celebration of the change we have accomplished and the change we will accomplish with your help.

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unite with us and change the future for children searching for Real Connections. become our partner, strengthen families and make Real Impact. support our counseling and education programs and support Real Families make a sound investment in Real Change for children and families.

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a year in numbers Adoptions Together has impact

1,500+ Counseling hours from the Post Permanency Family Center

5,000 Professionals, children and parents touched by Adoptions Together training and presentations.

49 DC and Baltimore City youth found permanency

41 Children play every Saturday at A Place to Go & Grow

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20,115 Online supporters

27 Children reunified with families

8 Parent advocate project mentors

3,256 Families built since 1990

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financial report Adoptions Together is a Strong Financial Partner Statement of financial position Assets

2011

Current Assets Property and Equipment Other Assets Total Assets

$1,493,602 $61,441 $35,957 $1,591,000

Liabilities

2011

Current Liabilities Capital Lease Obligations Total Liabilities

$794,579 $37,163 $831,742

Total Net Assets

$759,258

2009 Income Tax Returns 2010 Income Tax Returns 2011 Income Tax Returns

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Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets Revenue and Support Fees for Services: Domestic Adoptions International Adoptions Education and Training Total Fees for Services

2011

Contributions Investment and Other Total Revenue and Support

$265,556 $1,146 $4,362,416

Expenses Program Services: Domestic Adoptions International Adoptions Education and Training Assessment Services International Orphanage Relief Total Program Services

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Revenue and Support at a glance Domestic Adoptions

$1,134,144 $34,768 $1,819,208 $4,095,714

$846,613 $126,598 $1,507,841 $881,498 $2,000 $3,364,550

Supporting Services: Management and general Fundraising Total Supporting Services

$595,985 $206,919 $802,904

Total Expenses

$4,167,454

Change in Net Assets

$194,962

International Adoptions Education and Training Assessment Services Contributions Investment and Other

Expenses at a glance Domestic Adoptions International Adoptions Education and Training Assessment Services International Orphanage Relief Management and general

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Our partners in action: Our Corporate Investors 1747 Georgian House Bed & Breakfast Acacia Life Insurance Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center Allan Brown Remodeling, LLC Allied Party Rentals Allstate Amazon.com Gifts Program American Visionary Arts Museum America's Charities Anytime Fitness AON Arthur Murray Dance Studio Atlantic Valet Avenel Swim & Tennis Bach to Rock Music School (Gaithersburg) Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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barbie b, LLC Barstons Child's Play Toys & Books Beale Street Grill Berrywine Plantations/ Linganore Wineries Bezu Blu Water Day Spa Bowie Baysox Bridgewater Wealth & Financial Management Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility Buddy's Crabs and Ribs Calvert Asset Management Co, Inc. Calvert Woodley Wine Cava Mezze Chevy Chase Dermatology, LLC Chicken Out Classic Vacations Clovis Clydes Restaurant Group Collins Investment Group

Colonial Opticians Constellation Energy Group Employee Fund Cork and Fork Country Squire Cleaners Courtyard by Marriott Darcars Automative Group Dave's Brittle David & Associates DC United Delta Realty Group, Inc. Dream Dinners Earth Treks Edible Arrangements of Bethesda Educational Testing Service - Employee Donations Elegant Stitches Elevation Burger Ellen Allen Annapolis eScrip Fiasco Five Guys Folger Shakespeare Library

Fortune Garden George Bacchus Salon & Spa Georgetown Aveda Giant Food Grand Central Grand Hyatt Resorts Green Pastures Mortgage GRM Cabinetry, Inc. Harris Teeter House of Printing Howlin Realty Management, Inc Huckleberry Fine Art Hunters Inn iGive.com Holdings LLC ILO Day Spa Impact Resources, Inc. Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort Java Works Kandel Construction Group, Inc. Kane Furniture Bank Kane International

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Limosine Services, Inc. Kent Manor Inn Kestenbaum and Wisner Jewelers King Automotive Group Kittrell Interiors Kokopelli's Lacy Couture Apparel Larriland Farm Level - A Unique Fitness Club Mamma Lucia's McCormick & Schmick's McFall & Berry Landscape Mgmt, Inc. Merrill Lynch Microsoft Giving Campaign Program Mixt Greens Mobile Echocardiography Moda Optic Mother's Federal Hill Grille Nemacolin Woodlands Resort


our partners in action: Our Corporate Investors (Cont.) NetLink Resource Group, Inc. Network For Good New Wave Salon Normandy Natural CO2 Cleaners On Cloud 9 PALACE LAUNDRY INC (Linens of the Week) Paul's Wine and Spirits Peters Apatoff LLC Picture Frames, Inc Potomac Day Spa Potomac Horse Center Potomac Pizza Potomac Tutors Potomac Village Deli Catering Raytheon Charitable Giving through Payroll Deduction Razoo Renato’s at River Falls Ridgewells River Falls Market Robert Lewis Salon

Our Foundation Investors Our United Way Partners

Rockville Concierge Doctors Rodman's Salon Nader Schneider's of Capitol Hill Schweitzer, Scherr & Leichman, LLC Seasons 52 Shopper's Food and Pharmacy Specialties, Inc. Stella Restaurant Stretchalicious Strosneider's Tabard Inn Tally Ho The Behnke Nurseries Co. The Bottle Shop The Caplan Group The Irish Inn at Glen Echo The Keyser Group The Ritz Carlton Tysons Center The West Institute

Toys Unique Travilah Oak Market TRUIST U. S. Foods Unique Vacations Urban Chic Urgo Hotels Verizon Vidalia Restaurant Vie de France Washington Music Center Wear It Well Whole Soul Willco Construction Company Inc. Wine Harvest WPG Solutions, Inc. Zavos Junker Law Group, PLLC Zoe's Kiitchen Zohra Salon & Zohra Salon [Men] Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening

Bank of America Foundation Dominion Employee Giving Program Greater Horizons M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Maryland Charity Campaign Montgomery Alliance for Community Giving T. Rowe Price The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Family Foundation The Abell Foundation The Azar Foundation for Children of the World The Broadridge Foundation The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation The Freddie Mac Foundation The Jean Greenspan Trust The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund The Zurich U.S. Foundation

United Way of Central Maryland United Way of Delaware United Way of National Capital Area

Our Government Partners Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Baltimore City DSS Baltimore County DSS Calvert County DSS Carroll County DSS Charles County DSS Delaware Valley Adoption Council District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency International Monetary Fund Montgomery County DSS Somerset County DSS St. Mary’s County DSS University of Maryland Child Welfare Academy Wicomico County DSS Worcester County DSS

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Our partners in action: Our Board of Directors Mary Lynn Alberti Director, Freddie Mac Coproration Rosalie L. Bair Physician, Rosalie L. Bair, M.D. Gary Blitz Managing Director, Aon Financial Solutions Marc Blumenstein Vice President, Bank of America Thomas R. Burton (Board Chair) Chief Investment Officer, Alex Brown Realty, Inc. Janice Goldwater (non-voting member) Executive Director, Adoptions Together Jeanette LeBlanc Marketing, Consultant

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Jeffrey Menick Financial Advisor, MenickFriese Group and Merrill Lynch Financial Advisory Team Valaree Moodee Principal & Director (EP), Booz Allen Hamilton Dawn Musgrave (non-voting member) Associate Director, Adoptions Together David Park Vice President, Product & Audience Development Media General Digital Jane Phillips (Vice Chair) Vice President, SAIC Christopher Pirtle (Treasurer) Managing Director, Peake Financial Group

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Judy Polk-Sebring (Secretary) Event Coordinator, Consultant Sarah Rollman Attorney, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority Debbie Schick Event Planner, Consultant Jeff Travers Vice President of Communication, Fight for Children Joe Vogelpohl Vice President of Internal Operations, T. Rowe Price


Adoptions Together has 43 staff members and contracts with

Our partners in action: Our Leadership Team Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C Founder and Executive Director Dawn Musgrave, JD Associate Director and General Counsel Laura Duvelius, MSW Director of Development Jennifer Kelman, Ph.D. Director of Education and Training Tenneh Johnson-Kemah, LCSW-C Director of Permanency Support Services

Irene Jordan, LCSW-C Director of Assessments and International Programs

Madonna Green, MSW, LICSW Manager of Programs, Post Permanency Susan Ogden Director of Domestic Infant Adoption Family Center Erica Moltz, MA, CPC Director of Clinical Program, Post Permanency Family Center

Carol Edelstein Director of AdoptionWorks

Mary Bergman Manager of Executive Projects Audra Hurd Administrator of Network and Database Kate Cliff Manager of Finance

more than 50 social workers and child-welfare professionals. ADOPTIONS TOGETHER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT | EVERY CHILD. EVERY FAMILY. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

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our guiding principles We believe... About Children: The welfare of the children who need our help comes first. Permanency in a healthy family is best for children. Children need to maintain connections with their birth families and cultures even when they cannot be safely raised in their birth family. About Foster Care: Foster care should be used as a last resort when a child cannot safely remain in his family. Stays in foster care should be as short as possible. Foster care should strengthen family ties, not weaken them. The first foster care placement should be the last foster care placement. About Adoption: Adoption is the best option when a child cannot be safely raised or reunified with their birth families. Adoption is a life-long process. Openness and honesty is healthy for children and families. The ability to be a good adoptive parent does not depend upon wealth, race, religion, marital status, sexual preference or gender identity. Education, support and guidance from qualified adoption professionals before, during and after placement helps adopted children and their families succeed. About Adoptions Together: Commitment to mission and awareness of guiding principles are necessary for every staff member. Good financial health is required to accomplish our mission. Continuous improvement of programs and services requires knowledgeable, experienced and creative child-welfare professionals and staff. Racial, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity within the staff is essential for good decision-making. Direct and honest communication is the best way to prevent and resolve conflict. ADOPTIONS TOGETHER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT | EVERY CHILD. EVERY FAMILY. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

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Baltimore, MD 5750 Executive Drive Suite 107 Baltimore, Maryland 21228 (410) 869-0620

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Adoptions Together's 2011 Annual Report