Christine Jacobs has more than twenty-five years of experience in child-welfare, and is a subject matter expert in foster care adoption. She now leads the Adoption Center in the role of Executive Director. Assuming this role over a year ago, she has initiated new projects that expand and enhance the work of the Adoption Center such as the Adoption Center Podcast, the Center's Chatbot for information for prospective adoptive/foster families and a focus on retention of families, an important resource to the community of child welfare in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Christine created strategies for the Center’s match event programs that enhance the potential for relationship building between older youth and attending families. She created an activity for these events, Everyone Has a Voice, providing youth with the unique opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for the future. This activity has expanded to include the family voices so the youth attending these events can learn more about them. Christine is focused on evidence based outcomes for the programs of the Center. She stresses the importance of evidence based outcomes for all funding, whether from foundations or the Center's partners in the region. Of additional importance to her is feedback from the youth served, their case managers, and all prospective adoptive or foster parents. All these will drive the work of the Adoption Center under her leadership. The Center's vision: A loving family for every child in foster care is at the core of her work at the Adoption Center.
Christine holds a BA in Psychology and is an adoptive parent.
Program DirectorDominique has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Family and Child Welfare and a Masters in Administration and Human Services. Her undergraduate studies inspired her to want to work directly with families and children by advocating for their needs. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and 6 years of experience in the Child Welfare area. Prior to starting work in Child Welfare she was a Child Care Director.
Manager, Operations, Social & Digital Media
Alexandra has more than 15 years of experience in the adoption field, 11 of which have been with the Center. She loves spreading the word about the children in care far and wide. She leads and manages all of the Center’s web-based initiatives. Alexandra holds a BS in physics from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in communications from Drexel University and an MBA in sustainable business from Green Mountain College.
Development ManagerKim has worked with nonprofits for ten years. She holds a Bachelors in International Relations from Richmond University in London. Her Masters is in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney
Wednesday’s Child Coordinator & Adoption CoordinatorSarah is an experienced community outreach coordinator who facilitates the weekly Wednesday’s Child features on NBC10 and hosts our podcast. She also focuses on coordinating Match Events for children waiting to be adopted in New Jersey. Sarah graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Digital Communications and a B.A. in Music Business.
WWK Coordinator for New JerseyAlex holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies, and is currently in graduate school at Widener University, where she will obtain her Masters of Social Work. During her time in undergraduate and graduate school, Alex has worked in different areas within the social service field, with advocating for children and families as being the center focus of her efforts. She is also trained in trauma informed care, and seeks to support and help alleviate the barriers and burdens children and vulnerable populations face.