Our Partners

On March 25, 2011, eighteen experts in adoption and family policy met at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to probe ways to eliminate barriers that prevent children in foster care from being adopted. Participants included academics, advocates, government officials, foundation leaders, former frontline caseworkers, and adoptive parents. The recommendations from this panel became the blueprint for the work of Listening to Parents.

Richard Barth – Dean, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

Judy Cockerton – Treehouse Foundation

Thomas M. Crea – Assistant Professor, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Nicole Dobbins – Executive Director, Voice for Adoption

Sharen Ford – Manager, Permanency Services, Colorado Department of Human Services

Lauren Frey – Project Director for Permanency Services, Casey Family Services

Sarah Gerstenzang – Executive Director, New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children

Mary Eschelbach Hansen – Associate Professor of Economics and adoption researcher, American University

Elaine Kamarck – Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Jeff Katz – Founder, Listening to Parents

Joe Kroll – Executive Director, North American Council on Adoptable Children

Natalie Lyons – Vice President and Center Director, National Resource Center for Adoption

Ruth McRoy – Professor, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Jennifer Perry – Children’s Action Network

Rita Soronen – President and CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Kim Stevens – Project Manager, Community Champions Network, North American Council on Adoptable Children

Kathleen Strottman- Executive Director, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Julie Boatright Wilson – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School


We are grateful for the financial support of all our funders. Our foundation supporters include:

  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Estelle Friedman Gervis Family Foundation
  • Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund