Adoptions Together, Inc.
4601 Powder Mill Road
Suite 320
Calverton MD 20705
Mission Statement

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

Since September 18, 1990, Adoptions Together has worked toward a vision of the future where every child has lifelong connections to a caring, nurturing family. We establish connections between children and families through the highest quality placement services; therapeutic support and education for children and their families in the areas of adoption, kinship care, guardianship and family reunification; and advocacy for best practices in child welfare systems.

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CEO/Executive Director Janice Goldwater
Board Chair Joe Summerrill
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Summerill Group LLC
Contact Information
Address 4601 Powder Mill Road
Suite 320
Calverton, MD 20705
Telephone 301 439-2900
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
ATI, Family Works Together2016
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,463,387.00
Projected Expenses $3,459,470.00

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

Since September 18, 1990, Adoptions Together has worked toward a vision of the future where every child has lifelong connections to a caring, nurturing family. We establish connections between children and families through the highest quality placement services; therapeutic support and education for children and their families in the areas of adoption, kinship care, guardianship and family reunification; and advocacy for best practices in child welfare systems.


In 2016, our direct services were able to help facilitate 45 adoption placements of youth and recruit for many others; completed 134 home studies (preparation documents required for a family to adopt a child by law) for families preparing for adoption and 264 post-placement assessments (six months of ongoing supervision for families who have recently adopted) for families with adopted children in their homes; provide counseling (and often, referrals to housing support, food pantries and domestic violence support) to 158 women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy; impact more than 1,500 families, individuals and professionals through education and training services; and reach more than 70 regularly-returning clients through counseling and support services.

In late 2016, our therapeutic support services and educational programming were combined under the name FamilyWorks Together in order to ensure our services were accessible to families impacted by the child welfare system. Our deepest commitment is promoting permanent families for, and advocating for children in public foster care systems.


Each year, 20,000 youth across the nation will leave foster care without the support of a permanent family. At 21.2%, Virginia has the highest rate of foster youth who leave foster care without a family of their own ( Data shows that young people who leave foster care without permanent connections to stable adults are at risk for a number of negative outcomes including lower lifetime income, lower overall health and increased involvement with the criminal justice system. Of the 5,000 youth in Virginia’s foster care system, there are over 700 children with a plan of adoption who are waiting to be connected to an adoptive family (

Adoptions Together is dedicated to children throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC in foster care, finding their forever families. One of the key ways we can help to achieve this goal is through an outcome focused project called the Coalition for Virginia's Children.

The Coalition for Virginia Kids is a highly impactful project that will be dedicated to sending Virginia's most vulnerable children home from foster care. Through mixed media approaches, this project will be a recruitment tool for adoptable children. Utilizing high quality photos, engaging biographies and video, we will inspire Virginia families to consider adoption and educate them on the process. Your support will allow us to install interactive digital displays in high traffic locations (to engage viewers on waiting children and the adoption process); to film 25 children who are languishing in foster care; to create a dedicated website with resources; and to create advertising online, in print and over other media outlets.

This project needs $100,000 to achieve our goals. Please donate and help us get there!


Since 1990 Adoptions Together has improved the lives of children, families and professionals to ensure all children in our community have safe and secure families. We accomplish this by:

  • Finding parents for children of all ages, from newborns to older foster youth (6000 helped to date).
  • Counseling for parents facing an unplanned pregnancy;
  • Care for infants with special medical needs;
  • Preparing and supporting healthy, loving families who wish to adopt;
  • Providing specialized counseling, education and support services necessary to keep families strong and to help their children heal from past hurts;
  • Completing special project support in areas of deepest need; and
  • Serving as a regional center of knowledge and activity on child welfare issues for professionals and the general population.

Adoptions Together has offices and key projects in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Projects in each area are designed to reflect each community served with the highest outcomes possible and often focus on the underserved community including children of color, children with medical challenges and families of low socioeconomic status.

CEO Statement

After twenty-six years, I am proud to say that Adoptions Together is continuing to grow and change in response to the needs of our community. Our vision for the future is that every child will have a lifelong connection to a caring, nurturing family. For twenty-six years, we have connected children in need of family with loving forever families. We’ve developed partnerships with public and private agencies to strengthen and support birth, kinship, foster and adoptive families. Today, we are proud to expand our counseling and education services under the name FamilyWorks Together, as we grow to serve all families in our community who could use support and guidance. Our placement and homestudy services will remain the Adoptions Together you know and love.

You know the dedication and care we put into serving families as they grow and change. I would like to ask you to help make it possible for us to continue connecting children with their forever families by making a tax-deductible contribution to the work of Adoptions Together. Please consider making an additional gift in support of our critically needed services.

After twenty-six years, thousands of children, tens of thousands of families and countless inspirational memories later, we still have so much work to do to achieve our simple goal. There remain over 6,000 children in foster care in our region who lack the support of a forever family; women experiencing unplanned pregnancy continue to reach out to us every day in need of support; and there is a great need in the community for education on a wide range of topics.

From the beginning, we’ve known that the strength of a family depends upon the strength of the relationships between its members. We can do more to strengthen and support every child and every family, but only with your support. You have a critical role to play in building a stronger, healthier community. Help us start 2017 off with a bang by making a tax-deductible contribution in support of our work, and know that your support is crucial to the strength and success of our programs.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Powhatan County
Gloucester County
We serve three states and/or territories: Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. In Virginia, we have a special focus on:

Chesterfield County

City of Richmond

Goochland County

Hanover County

Henrico County

Powhatan County

Board Chair
Board Chair Joe Summerrill
Company Affiliation The Summerill Group LLC
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Edith Bullard PCI Communications
Amy Choi PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Jennifer Farland Engage Consulting
Yvan Franusic Community Volunteer
Donnie Gross CEO-Potomac Holdings
Solomon Grunhut Handwerger, Cardegna, Funkhouser and Lurman
Edward Hopper Blackboard
Jeff Menick Menick-Freise Group
Judy Sebring Community Volunteer
Susan Short TRowePrice
Gail Steckler Washington First Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 40
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Janice Goldwater
4061 Powder Mill Road #320
Calverton, Maryland 20705
(301) 422 5125

Adoption Excellence Award 2010; “Individual Contribution” toward achieving permanency for youth in foster care. US Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, September 2010.

Executive Director 1990 - Present
Adoptions Together Calverton, MD
Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit child placement agency licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Oversee the management of permanency services, mental health, case management and prevention programs, public private partnerships, educational programs and other support services to families and the professionals who serve them. Design and create new programs to meet the needs of the community and present regularly at local venues and national conferences. Serve as a member of the Board of Directors including 17 community leaders. Oversee business development and fundraising direction. Lead management team with a staff of 44 employees and 30 contract workers. Administer budget of $3.8 million.

Adoption Social Worker and Therapist May 1987 - August 1990
Offices of Janice Goldwater Silver Spring, MD
Provided home studies, post placement reports and consultation for prospective parents seeking to adopt. Counseled birth parents and prospective adults considering adoption and maintained general clinical practice. Provided psycho-social evaluations for the court regarding child abuse and neglect cases.

Contract Social Worker Nov 1984 - January 1988
American Adoption Agency Washington, DC
Evaluated, educated and prepared families to adopt from domestic and international sources. Prepared home study documents. Provided follow-up services and reports for the court. Counseled pregnant women. Led parent education groups; represented agency in public speaking engagements; performed administrative duties.

Clinical Social Worker II July 1980 - February 1983
Mental Health Services of Upper Pinellas Largo, FL
Provided outpatient therapy, consultation and education to individuals, couples, families and groups in community mental health center.

Masters of Social Work May 1980
Washington University St. Louis, MO
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Bachelors Degree, Sociology and Social Work May 1978
Ithaca College Ithaca, NY

Maryland Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (Granted June 1983)
District of Columbia Licensed Graduate Social Worker (Granted 1998)
Academy of Certified Social Workers (Granted November 1982)

Adoption Exchange Association “AEA”
Serve as member of the board of directors of national association of adoption exchanges that focuses on creating permanency for youth in foster care. AEA manages the AdoptUSkids project. (2005 to present)

“All Children – All Families “ A project of the Human Rights Campaign
Serve as member of national advisory board focusing on increasing recruitment of LGBT parents for children by creating culturally competent materials for educating and training child welfare providers. (2007-present)

ATTACH- “Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children”
Served as member of the board of directors in both leadership and member status.

CWLA –“Child Welfare League of America”
Served as member of the national advisory group on adoption (1998- 2005)

DC Mayor’s Commission on Permanency for Children
Served as member of advisory board in Washington DC to advise Mayor Anthony Williams on adoption and permanency. (1999-2007)

Youth Workers Committee
Assisted with the planning of educational programs for child welfare workers in Montgomery County, Maryland . (2006 to 2010)
Senior Staff
Laura Duvelius Director of Development
Dawn Musgrave Associate Director
Laura Teetermoran Director of Assessment and Placement
Alisha Wolf Director of FamilyWorks Together
Full Time Staff 36
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25
Contractors 9
Retention Rate 82
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
We have many collaborations with state and local departments of social services and non-profit organizations. Most recently, we have developed a partnership with Change Who Waits: a Richmond non-profit working to send older youth home from foster care.
Description Domestic Infant Adoption: helping families to adopt children before they can be placed into foster care
Budget $482,755.00
Description Our older child programs focus on recruiting families for children in foster care. 
Budget $582,744.00
Description This program helps families to prepare for an adoption
Budget $358,060.00
Description Provides mental health supports for children and families
Budget $749,381.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,463,387.00
Projected Expenses $3,459,470.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$224,185$289,962$276,046
Investment Income, Net of Losses$96,633$5,446($2,936)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$143,604$110,082$41,477
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,573,723$3,095,261$3,499,842
Administration Expense$690,095$641,372$613,425
Fundraising Expense$292,932$270,089$272,844
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.980.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%77%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue75%64%86%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$981,990$1,157,463$1,251,727
Current Assets$895,643$1,058,045$1,175,493
Long-Term Liabilities$10,193$15,968$4,768
Current Liabilities$433,700$664,576$664,096
Total Net Assets$538,097$486,919$582,863
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.071.591.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 2/2017View