We are a 46-year-old organization that supports an adoption community by:

  • Creating families for children who now live in foster care
  • Working with public and private adoption agencies to expand adoption opportunities for children in their custody
  • Providing information and referrals to families interested in adoption
  • Creating adoption events that bring children and prospective parents together
  • Partnering with the media to raise public awareness about adoption and encourage interest in adopting a “waiting” child
  • Developing training materials for adoption professionals 
  • Working with the LGBTQ community

When we opened our doors in 1972, we didn’t know whether anyone would want to adopt a child who was 11 years old or brothers and sisters who were siblings and wanted to stay together. Would anyone consider a child who was blind or who had Down syndrome?

We are thrilled at our success:  more than 24,000 families created. It turned out that once the public knew about the children, they came forward to adopt them.The Center has become a leader in adoption, and created the first website to feature pictures and descriptions of waiting children. This replaced antiquated photo listing books and revolutionized the way adoption was practiced in this country.

Carolyn Johnson, an adoptive mother of three, founded the Center, and, in the early years, worked from her kitchen table with a wooden recipe box that included a section for children, a section for prospective parents and a section for “matches.”  For 30 years, until she retired, Carolyn persisted in the belief that a home could be found for every child who needed one. 




The Adoption Center (23-1966667) is a registered 501(c)(3) charities. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.