Tara Noone, MSW
Director of Adoptive Parent Services
Tara built her family through open adoption with the help of Adoption Connection in 2008. A strong advocate for open adoption, Tara is excited to work formally with the adoption agency to help adoptive families and birth families build community together around adopted children. Tara has extensive experience in training, supervision, and outreach in a social work setting and in direct case management experience in prenatal health. She finds particular inspiration in knowing that every adoption story is exceptional and in contributing to the match by finding the right outcome for families.
Sarah Thompson, MSW
Sarah is very passionate about the adoption field. As an adult adoptee, she has given presentations on adoption from the adoptee’s perspective and has served as a mentor for adopted kids. Sarah has worked in foster care, international and domestic infant adoptions in Chicago, Denver, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys working with the adoption triad (birth family, adoptive family, and the child) and believes an open adoption creates a stronger bond for all in the triad. In her role with Adoption Connection, Sarah works with the expectant parents and the adoptive family after they are matched and through relinquishment signing.
Nan Toder, LCSW
Stepparent/Domestic Partner Program Coordinator
Nan has held many positions at Adoption Connection in her 25+ years with the agency. Currently, Nan heads our Stepparent/Domestic Partner Adoption Program completing investigations to create two legal parents for a child. Stepparent or domestic partner adoption is appropriate if you and your spouse or partner recently remarried, created a child with the help of a donor, or one of you adopted a child as a single person.
Administrative Manager of Adoptions
Christina assists adoptive families starting with the domestic homestudy and continuing all the way through finalization, making sure that all of the important steps of the adoption process run smoothly from initial caseworker assignment to placement to court finalization. As the administrator of our interstate compact placement operations, Christina also ensures that all legal requirements are met and documentation is complete for out-of-state adoptions. She works closely with our regional caseworkers and attorneys during post-placement, and she answers the questions families ask as they finalize their adoption. Christina comes to Adoption Connection with extensive administrative experience in the medical field.
Director of Outreach Services
Malia’s primary role is to help adoptive families craft their unique story through their adoption letter and online parent profile. The process of creating this material is never easy, and Malia has years of experience assisting individuals and couples from across the nation connect with expectant women. While waiting for the right open adoption match Malia educates and supports pre-adoptive families. Malia also assists expectant women who contact Adoption Connection, providing them with information and support they seek—from options counseling, referrals, information, to selecting an adoptive family. Her other roles include organizing and planning agency educational offerings, and strengthening the agency’s relationships with clinics, hospitals, and social service organizations.