Paths for Families Paths for Families


  • Navigating Adoption
    I’m Pregnant

    I’m Pregnant

    If you're facing an unintended pregnancy or have recently given birth, we're here for you with free and confidential all-options counseling, resources, and support. Call our pregnancy counselors 24/7 at 800-439-0233.

    I Want to Adopt

    I Want to Adopt

    Browse our network of adoption services including infant and foster care adoption, home studies, and post-adoption support.

    I Need Post-Adoption Support

    I Need Post-Adoption Support

    Explore our network of services including specialized counseling and support groups that help to stabilize and improve behavioral health symptoms.

  • Counseling & Support
  • Training & Education


Looking for Adoptions Together or FamilyWorks Together? New name, same us. Here’s why!

Building Lifelong Connections

Paths for Families builds and supports healthy lifelong connections for every child and advocates for continuous improvement of systems that strengthen family well-being.

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Our Story

Founded in 1990 by Janice Goldwater, Paths for Families is an adoption and family well-being organization that partners with communities dedicated to the life-long work of building and sustaining families. For over 30 years, we've been here for expectant parents exploring adoption, birth parents, prospective and current adoptive families, children in need of adoption, people who were adopted, and professionals in the community. 

Read more about our founder + history

Our Vision and Values

Every child will grow and thrive within a caring, supportive family and community.

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We use an Ethical Approach and Center Human Dignity.

We understand that each journey is different for everyone. That’s why we always do what’s right, putting the dignity of our clients first in each of our actions. When it comes to building long term, sustainable connections, we know that there aren’t shortcuts to nuanced challenges.

We foster Partnerships within Families and Communities.

We're here for the long-haul because permanency and well-being is a lifelong journey. We foster partnerships—within families, within communities, and across organizations—to create a multifaceted voice, centering those with lived from combined experiences. These invaluable partnerships support our mission of building healthy, lifelong family connections focused on the well-being of our community.

We practice IDEAS Principles (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice).

We make sure everyone is fully embraced throughout the journey. Our commitment to empowering individuals across race, ethnicity, gender, and beyond is core to who we are as an organization. We work to lift oppressive structures and practices that create and maintain disparities in service for peoples who have been systematically excluded or underserved. It’s a set of ever-changing conversations and we’re here to actively take part. Our work is made up of perspectives and experiences that connect us and collectively make us stronger as individuals, families, and a community.

Our Community

Our Partners

Paths for Families is partnered with organizations throughout the region to build a more resilient, trauma-informed, and permanency-focused community.

With a focus on nurturing positive and restorative experiences, we bring dedicated, technical expertise and trauma-informed, evidence-based practices to the communities we serve. On a systemic level, we share our training with professionals in child welfare and the broader community to build trauma-responsive systems of care.

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