Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center


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"ORPARC has been a ray of sunshine in what has, at times, been a very difficult road...it is a huge relief to just have someone want to help."

-Adoptive Parent

Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA
Director of Oregon Programs
Direct Line:503-241-0799, extension 16
Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA

Kendra oversees the general functioning of two programs based in Oregon, including the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE). She joined Northwest Resource Associates in July 2010. Honored as Senator Wyden's 2016 "Angel in Adoption," she has spent over 20 years in foster care adoption, including work with Boys & Girls Aid, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Voice for Adoption. As a prior editor, writer and adoption recruiter, she has captured the stories of hundreds of foster & adoptive children and families, and it has fueled her enthusiasm for this cause. In previous clinical work at Oregon Health Sciences University, Kendra counseled children and families, led groups for adolescent depression, and contributed to research projects. Kendra obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Kendra cherishes family time with her husband, sons and rambunctious white shepherd, and runs, gardens and bakes in her spare moments.

Toni Ferguson, LMSW
Lead Family Support Specialist
Direct Line:503-241-0799, extension 12
Toni Ferguson, LMSW

Toni Ferguson came to ORPARC in 2007 from Portland State University's Graduate School of Social Work and Child Welfare Partnership where she was an instructor for 6 years. While there she was instrumental in the development of the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Therapy with Adoptive Families. Prior to that position, Toni was a member of the innovative Post Adoption Family therapist Team (PAFT) at DHS, where she provided highly specialized, intensive treatment services to adoptive families of special needs children. Before PAFT, Toni had acquired over 20 years' experience in education and child welfare systems including the positions of Permanency Worker, Foster Home Certifier, School Social Worker, and Adoptive/Foster Parent Trainer. Toni's Bachelor of Science degrees are in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University, and she holds a Master's of Social Work from the School of Social Work and Child Welfare at Walla Walla College.

Toni and her husband have raised six children through birth and adoption who are now thriving adults.

Michael McGrorty, BA
Operations Manager, Bilingual
Direct Line:503-241-0799, extension 11
Michael McGrorty, BA

Se habla español

With ORPARC since 2001, Michael maintains the databases and website, designs publications, coordinates trainings, handles reporting and finances, and oversees the office and facilities, a role he has built upon and maximized in his years with ORPARC. His specializations and focus areas include LGBT issues, cultural diversity and the Adoption Tax Credit. As Bilingual Family Support Specialist to adoptive and foster Spanish-speaking families, he continues to develop and deliver Spanish language trainings to Spanish-speaking/Hispanic audiences throughout Oregon.

In his free time, Michael enjoys homelife with his pets, traveling to Latin American destinations as well as teaching and speaking Spanish with friends.

Descripción en español

Miembro del equipo de ORPARC desde 2001, Michael mantiene las bases de datos y el sitio web, diseña las publicaciones, coordina los entrenamientos [clases de capacitación], se encarga de los informes y las finanzas, y se encarga de la oficina y facilidades, un papel que ha llevado a cabo y maximizado durante sus años con ORPARC. Las áreas de especialización y enfoque de él incluyen asuntos con la comunidad LGBT (lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero), la diversidad cultural y el Crédito Fiscal Federal de Adopción. Como Especialista Bilingüe en Apoyo Familiar a las familias adoptivas y familias de crianza hispanohablantes, él sigue desarrollando y presentando entrenamientos en español al público hispanohablante por todo Oregón.

En su tiempo libre, Michael disfruta su vida cotidiana en casa con sus mascotas, la oportunidad de viajar a varios destinos en Latinoamérica así como enseñar y hablar español con amigos.

Nicole Russell, LMSW
Family Support Specialist
Direct Line:503-241-0799, extension 13
Nicole Russell, LMSW

At ORPARC since 2009, Nicole has spent the majority of her professional career in post adoption services work, including supervision and coordination of a foster care lending library for Washington State, and has earned PSU's advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy. A recipient of NASW's 2009 Community Based Practice Award, Nicole has worked as a trainer for Cascadia Training, and for local childcare centers. Prior to ORPARC, she worked within a school-based mental health program in behavior-supported elementary school classrooms, conducted parenting classes and skills training, and was both a youth director and Head Start teacher. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at Gordon College and her Master of Social Work at Portland State University.

Nicole has been touched by adoption personally, inspiring her work in the adoption field. Nicole savors her time with her husband, dog Buckley and her two little girls!

Arah Gould, MA, LPC
Family Support Specialist
Direct Line:503-241-0799 extension 19
Arah Gould, MA, LPC

Having joined ORPARC in 2014, Arah has counseled in private practice since 2005, and worked previously with a diverse population at the YWCA counseling center. Arah's experience and specialties include post-graduate training in therapy with foster and adoptive families, humanistic/existential psychotherapy, mindfulness and psychotherapy, maternal mental health and perinatal mood disorders, and trauma therapy using various modalities. Arah has volunteered with the Returning Veterans Project and with Yoga Calm, a therapeutic movement program for children. Arah is a licensed professional counselor and holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. In addition, she has completed PSU's advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy.

Arah enjoys time with her husband and two school age children, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and eating special meals together.

Hanna Stonelake, MSW
Family Support Specialist
Direct Line:18
Hanna Stonelake, MSW Hanna joined ORPARC in 2017 as a Family Support Specialist, and spends the remainder of her week at Shriners Hospitals for Children as a Medical Social Worker. Service has been an important theme in her life and she has spent more than a decade volunteering, interning and working with organizations that provide support to families and youth. Through her experience in the field, Hanna has developed a passion for providing trauma-informed counseling and case management services to families at risk of abuse and neglect. While she has worked with children at every stage of development, she is especially interested in supporting adolescents in foster care. She spent years as a skills coach with the Independent Living Program in various counties throughout Oregon. The resilience, sincerity and openness of the teens she worked with had a huge impact on her, both professionally and personally. Hanna graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Family and Human Services. She then moved to Portland to earn her Master's in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012.

As a fifth generation Oregonian, Hanna loves any opportunity to be outdoors. She adores her family, laughs often, and talks a little too much about her cats.

Rachel Stein, BS
Program Support Assistant
Direct Line:18
Rachel Stein, BS Rachel joined ORPARC in 2015 initially as an intern, deepening her interest working in child welfare. Having been adopted herself, Rachel has always been passionate about working with children. She has also traveled abroad a number of times, completing two terms of study abroad along with several community service trips working with underprivileged children. Rachel completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Lewis and Clark College in 2016.

Rachel enjoys free time practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Maya Bartel, BS
Program Support Assistant
Direct Line:15
Maya Bartel, BS Following an internship with ORPARC, Maya joined the staff in spring 2016. Maya's contributions include helping with social media, assisting with reporting, and creating information packets, among many other tasks. She is particularly interested in research around racialization processes and identity development as they influence and impact adoptive experiences. Maya received her Bachelor's degree as a double major in Community Health Education and Women's Studies from Portland State University, and hopes to eventually earn a doctorate in Family Studies.

An adoptee, Maya spends her free time playing with her cat, Boogie, and reading classic literature.


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