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    I Want to Adopt

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

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    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.

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

Lori Vacek, Secretary

Board Retired from Freddie Mac

Board Member Lori Vacek Headshot

Lori Vacek was first introduced to Paths for Families when she and her husband adopted their daughter through the Adoptions Together Program more than 20 years ago. She also collaborated with Paths for Families while working as a program manager with the Freddie Mac Foundation, where she managed philanthropic programs supporting the educational needs of low-income children and youth and the permanency needs of youth in foster care. She also served as chief of staff during the two-year wind down of the Freddie Mac Foundation.

Previously, Lori worked as an affiliated advisor for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors where she reported on international corporate community affairs and managed grant-making programs. She also served as acting director for the Levi Strauss Foundation, providing grant-making support to a team of global community relations professionals.

Prior to this, Lori served as the director of corporate services at the Council on Foundations and as a program officer for the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation in San Francisco. She recently retired from Freddie Mac as a Senior Project Manager supporting customer communications for mortgage loan product offerings. Lori volunteers annually for the Alumni Selection Committee of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago, her hometown.

Lori holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School/Coro Foundation, and a B.A. in Political Science and Human Services from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lori lives in California with her husband and has a 27-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son. In her spare time, Lori enjoys yoga, visiting friends and family, outdoor activities, and HGTV.