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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!

Janice Goldwater

LCSW-CStaff Founder

Janice Goldwater - Bring Pink Headshot

With a clear vision to build a more equitable child and family welfare system, Janice Goldwater founded Paths for Families in 1990.

As a social worker, community advocate, and passionate lifelong learner, Janice has always been driven to enhance human connection through understanding. While there have been many remarkable milestones leading the organization for 34 years, she has significantly led Paths for Families to serve more than 15,000 families, expanded its counseling and placement services, and steered a strategic rebrand in 2023.

Throughout her career journey, she proudly raised four children, who joined her family through birth and adoption.

To sum up her legacy and sentiments best, here are a few words she shared in her community letter:

“Founding this organization and leading with my colleagues has been the gift of a lifetime.

Together, we have changed the practice of adoption and family building. We have established the first counseling and training programs designed specifically for this community. Witnessing our agile team addressing individual and social challenges is profound. 

Many individuals have been positively impacted through our interventions, and the community is better because of this work.”

To contact Janice personally, send her an email or connect on LinkedIn.