WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU
Adoption Choices of Nevada is a local, private, non-profit adoption agency licensed by the state of Nevada. We have been assisting children, birth parents, and adoptive parents since 2008. Our adoption counselors and professionals have helped hundreds of birth mothers successfully plan their babies’ futures!
Adoption Choices of Nevada adoption counselors work with birth parents and adoptive families from Reno to Elk to Las Vegas and everywhere in between – we cover the entire state of Nevada. We would be delighted to meet with you, answer your questions about adoption, and explain the Nevada adoption process, wait time, and fees for our services. Orientations are confidential and offered at no cost to you.
Adoption Choices of Nevada is a non-faith based, non-religious based adoption agency. We work with families of various religious backgrounds as well as non-religious adoptive families. If finding an adoptive family with no religious affiliation is important to you, we can help!
MEET OUR NEVADA STAFF
Meet our experienced Nevada staff of adoption social workers, adoption counselors, home study experts, and social services administrators.
Lainie Burak, LMSW
My name is Lainie Burak and I am the Executive Director for Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada. I am a licensed master social worker, have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and have been working in the field of Adoption since 1999. I have been working with Adoption Choices of Nevada since 2008. As Executive Director, I spend time supporting both adoptive and birth parents on their journey to adoption. Being adopted myself, I am passionate about honesty and integrity in adoption, and I hope to help others by sharing my personal and professional experience. In my free time, I love spending time with my family outdoors, hiking, and reading.
Kristy Sauter, LSW
My name is Kristy Sauter. I am a licensed Nevada social worker helping birth parents and completing home studies in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jackie Gay, LSW, LCSW
My name is Jackie Gay and I have worked for Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada as a Home Study Specialist since 2012. I have been a social worker for 30 years and a clinical social worker for 23 years. I am a licensed Nevada social worker and my education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the California State University, Sacramento with an emphasis on children and families. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, and reading biographies.
Dorothy Paul, LSW
My name is Dorothy Paul. I am a licensed Nevada social worker doing home studies in the state of Nevada.
Cristina Hooper, LSW
My name is Cristina Hooper. I am a licensed Nevada social worker doing home studies in the state of Nevada.
Nancy O’Neill, LSW
My name is Nancy O’Neill and I am the Surrogacy Program Director for Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada. I am a licensed social worker, bringing a career of knowledge and experience from the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada. I have over 13 years of experience in the adoption field, including holding the position as the State Adoption Program Specialist. I began working with Adoption Choices in 2015. It has been my pleasure to have spent the last four and a half years working with young women who have a desire to help others experience the joy of parenthood and matching them with intended parents who are unable to have a child on their own.
My name is Faith Smith and I have been working for Adoption Choices of Nevada since 2010. I have a Paralegal Degree and enjoy assisting families in their journey to adoption. I feel blessed to share in the moment an adoptive family bonds with their baby and the birth parents. There is no greater love or sacrifice than the love for a child.
My name is Erica Palmer and I am a Legal Assistant for Adoption Choices of Nevada. I have been working for Adoption Choices of Nevada since 2016. I love working with the team members in the Reno office. We truly feel like a family. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoor activities.
Krystal Zboinski, LMSW
Luciana Lamos, LMSW
My name is Luciana Lamos and I am an Adoption Specialist with Adoption Choices of Nevada.
Adoption Counselors, Social Workers, and Professionals
Adoption counselors (also known at Adoption Choices of Nevada as adoption specialists) perform a crucial role in the adoption process. These professionals receive training to offer support, guidance, and information to prospective birth parents and adoptive families. Adoption counselors possess knowledge about the legal and ethical aspects of adoption. Additionally, they manage emotional and the practical considerations involved. Our professionals collaborate closely with all parties involved to facilitate a smooth and successful adoption process, providing education, counseling, and advocacy. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that the adoption serves the best interests of the child and that all individuals involved receive the necessary support and resources.
Our adoption specialists possess great empathy, communication skills, and cultural sensitivity, enabling them to navigate the unique dynamics and challenges that accompany adoption. Their dedication and commitment to advocating for birth parents and building families make adoption counselors indispensable in the world of adoption.