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Open Adoption Counselors

You will be assigned an Open Adoption Counselor based on where you live. Browse through the profiles below to find the counselors in your area.


Audra Brown, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Florida Branch

Audra is an Open Adoption Counselor and is happy to be joining IAC for the excitement of opening the Florida Branch in Tampa. Audra graduated from University of Evansville with her B.S. in psychology, and University of Central Florida with her M.S.W. In her free time, Audra enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, spending time outdoors, completing DIY projects, and hanging out with friends and family.


Cindy Carter, LMSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Texas Branch

Cindy has a degree in Psychology from Florida State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a counselor at IAC’s newest office in Texas. She enjoys talking to birthparents about open adoption and supporting them as they make the decision that is best for them. In her free time, Cindy enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading a good book, and cheering for her beloved Florida State football team.


Tomasa Duenas, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, San Francisco Bay Area Branch

Tomasa has always had an interest in adoptions and has been fascinated with the vast amount of love that is present within the entire process. As an OAC she has the privilege of working closely with both the birth and adoptive parents and takes pleasure in assisting them throughout the process. When not fulfilling her work duties, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting new restaurants, going to flea markets, learning about new cultures and visiting San Francisco. Tomasa also speaks Spanish.


Nashwa Emam, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, San Francisco Bay Area Branch

Adoption has always held a special place in Nashwa's heart since both her and her husband’s grandparents were adopted. Prior to working at IAC, Nashwa worked with pregnant and parenting foster care youth and helped start a sex education program for middle and high school students in Oakland Unified School District. Working with IAC, feel like a “full circle moment.” When not working, Nashwa enjoys fostering stray cats and dogs, hiking, throwing TV and movie viewing parties, and travelling back to Egypt to spend time with her family.


Stephanie Ferrell, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, New York Branch

Stephanie has a Bachelor’s in Youth and Community Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. She is a counselor in IAC’s NYC office. She has a background working with youth in both non-profit and high school settings. She finds supporting women in crisis particularly rewarding and enjoys the opportunity to talk about open adoption. When not working, Stephanie enjoys travel, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.


Ashley Garrison, MSW, LSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Georgia Branch

Ashley received her Bachelors degree and Masters in Social Work at Widener University. She is originally from Philadelphia and her first social work job was in child welfare, where she worked for 4 years with children and families involved with the foster care system. She also worked for an adoption agency in Philadelphia for 2 years before coming to IAC, and truly believes in open adoptions. After working with so many families in the child welfare field, she know that openness is best for everyone involved. When not working, Ashley likes to go to the gym, travel, cook and simply spend time with family and friends.


Sarah Musich, MSW, LCSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Los Angeles Branch

She completed her undergraduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and she has a Master's in Social Work from Cal State University Los Angeles. She's been with the IAC for almost 2 years now and she loves her job helping birthmothers and working with adoptive couples. When not at work, Sarah loves exploring new places, walking her dog around the neighborhood or just spending time at home with her son and her husband.


Keyanna Terry, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Raleigh Branch

Keyanna has a personal passion for children and families. She has dedicated her life to helping children and loves to serve others. Keyanna has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from North Carolina Central University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Keyanna is excited about her role as an Open Adoption Counselor allowing her to serve in a new way. When she’s not at work Keyanna loves spending time with her family, shopping, and baking.


Tanya Thomas, MSW, LSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Indiana Branch

Tanya graduated from the historic College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Tanya went on to receive her Master's of Social Work from Indiana University in 2011. As a licensed social worker, Tanya has a passion for working with children and families, and has held jobs with Healthy Families Indiana, Adult and Child Mental Health Center, and most recently as a Child & Adolescent Therapist with Midtown Community Mental Health Center. Tanya is excited to continue helping children and families through the gift of open adoption. When Tanya is not working she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, reading and doing Zumba!


Kathleen Warschefsky, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Los Angeles Branch

Kathleen has always been very passionate about women’s reproductive health and choices, as well as children and families. As an Open Adoption Counselor at the IAC, she is able to combine these interests and help people from all parts of the adoption triad experience the wonder of open adoption. Kathleen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. She then went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Social Work degree at Columbia University in New York and was a post-graduate fellow in Clinical Social Work at Yale University. Kathleen has worked for the IAC since 2007 and loves being a part of such an amazing process. In her spare time, Kathleen loves visiting friends and family around the country, hiking with her dog, Lola, and staying active with yoga, dance, and Pilates.


Becky Weinberg, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, Raleigh Branch

Becky received her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and holds a BSW from Eastern Michigan University. Before joining IAC, Becky worked with children and families in many settings. As an Open Adoption Counselor, Becky enjoys helping birthparents and adoptive parents navigate the adoption process, and is very passionate about open adoption. When she's not working, Becky enjoys reading, watching TV, running and hanging out with her family (including her adorable Jack Russell Terrier, Watson!).


Tina West, MSW
Open Adoption Counselor, San Francisco Bay Area Branch

Tina Graduated for California State University, Chico with a Bachelors in Psychology and from California State University, East Bay with her Masters in Social Work. In the past Tina has worked as a Birthparent Intake Counselor and has also work for IAC doing Hospital Outreach. Tina finds it very rewarding to work with birthparents and adoptive parents in creating forever families. For fun Tina enjoys traveling with her fiancé, running in Marathons and spending time with her very large family.


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