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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. Connect with our pregnancy counselors 24/7 via call or text 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!

Melanie Geddings-Hayes

LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSWStaff Director of Clinical Services

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Call Melanie at 202-629-0204

Melanie joined the team at Paths for Families in 2020 as the Director of Clinical Services. She serves in a leadership role and supports the counseling, family finding, training, and Heart Gallery programs. Melanie holds both a bachelors and masters in Social Work and has extensive experience in child welfare in both public and private agencies. She worked with families in a variety of roles across the child welfare service continuum, as a therapist in an Outpatient Mental Health Center, and as the Director of Residential Services at a Maryland child placement agency. She is a licensed clinical Social Worker and board-approved supervisor in MD, DC, and VA.

Melanie is a lifelong learner and has taken extensive training in trauma-informed care, grief and loss, attachment, and in evidence based practices such as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).