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  • 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!

Cheryl Richter

Board Retired from the Federal Highway Administration Office of Infrastructure Research and Development

Board Member Cheryl Richter Headshot

Cheryl Richter is the proud mother of three amazing adult children, two of them adopted through Adoptions Together, a Program of Paths for Families. When Cheryl and her husband, Lee, began exploring adoption in 1994, she was impressed by Paths for Families’ collaborative approach to the adoption process and commitment to serving all. Her respect for the organization and its mission has only grown since that time.

Cheryl recently retired as the Director of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Infrastructure Research and Development, and has in the past chaired several committees of the National Academies Transportation Research Board.

Cheryl holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cornell University. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and their two dogs. She enjoys time spent with family, walks with her dogs, cooking, and gardening.