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Open Arms Adoption Network


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Hi, my name is Jenny Sved,  and I joined Open Arms as Outreach Coordinator in 2012. My primary responsibility is handling our outreach efforts, both for potential adoptive families and expectant women considering adoption. I have been in the nonprofit sector since graduating with a BA in English Communications in 2007. Post-graduation, I was responsible for the marketing efforts in the Office of Alumni Affairs at my alma mater. I am thrilled to have entered the world of Adoption, as it is an incredible journey for families that I love being a part of! I can be reached at or 267-256-2276.

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Hi! My name is Lauren Lawler and I am an Adoption Coordinator in our Philadelphia office. I work with adoptive families, as well as expectant women considering adoption. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Human Services and have also earned a Master’s in Social Work from New York University. I have a background working in adoption as well as in foster care. I love being a part of the Open Arms team and am passionate about working in the adoption world! I can be reached at or 267-256-2285. 



Hello, my name is Cheryl Schmid and I am an Adoption Coordinator at our Florham Park office.  I work with expectant women considering adoption as well as adoptive families.  I earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master's degree in in Social Work from Rutgers University.  My background includes work with foster care, adoption, parents, mental health and children with special needs. I have two children who joined our family through adoption and I am honored to share the journey of adoption with both expectant women and adoptive families. You can reach me at or 973-637-1790.


My name is Lisa Walters and I have worked for Open Arms since its inception in a variety of ways. Currently I work with adoptive families primarily doing adoption homestudies, and also provide adoption search assistance to adults who were adopted under the system of confidential adoption. Adoption is a large part of my life as I was adopted when I was an infant, and I am the mother of a child who came to me through adoption.  I have worked in the field of social work for more than 25 years in both healthcare and adoption, and have an MSW from Temple University.  I can be reached at

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My name is Meredith Rose and I am the Director of Open Arms Adoption Network.  Working with the staff of Open Arms and JFCS and with our expectant, birth and adoptive families is an honor and pleasure that I feel grateful for each day. I am the mother of two. My first child joined our family through birth and my second child joined our family through adoption. We have an open adoption with my daughter's birth family and we are all so pleased to be connected in a relationship that our daughter values so much. I have been working with families in the field of social work for over 20 years and happily found my place in adoption in 1996. I hold an MSW and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. You can reach me at or 267-256-2231.

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Hi, my name is Erica T. Davis and I am the Domestic Adoption Program Manager at Open Arms.  I have worked as a social worker and as a program director in both domestic and international adoption for more than a decade.  I attended Southern University at New Orleans where I earned an MSW.  Prior to working in the area of adoption, I worked in the fields of end-of-life care and non-profit program development. You can reach me at or 267-256-2236.

My name is Michelle Figueroa and I have worked in the field of adoption for over 10 years. I have been working with Open Arms since 2006 and currently serve as a Program Manager.  I hold a Bachelor's degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware, as well as a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. I enjoy working with Open Arms Adoption Network because it is, at its foundation, an educationally based program for birth parents, adoptive parents and healthcare professionals alike. You can reach me at

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Hello!  My name is Michele LeMasney, and I am the Adoptive Family Support & Training Coordinator at Open Arms.  I coordinate educational workshop programming, support forums and all events for our families.  Additionally, I coordinate trainings for professionals who work with clients facing unplanned pregnancies.  I facilitate our Coffee Talk sessions and support our families as they navigate all areas of the adoption process.  Adoption greatly encompasses my life as I am an adopted individual and a mother of five children, two of whom joined our family though open adoption!  I have been with Open Arms since 2008 and feel truly blessed to work in a field that I love so much! You can reach me at or 267-256-2207.




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Hi! My name is Stefani Moon and I am a Program Manager at Open Arms, working out of our Florham Park office. I work with adoptive families as well as women considering adoption. In addition, I facilitate our support group, Families Like Ours, for families who have adopted transracially, and enjoy teaching several educational workshops for our Adoptive Families. I earned an MA in Counseling Psychology and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked with children and families since 1999 in different settings including foster care, in-home therapy and adoption. Adoption is a very important part of my life as my children joined our family through adoption. I can be reached at or 267-256-2232.


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Hi! My name is Kelly Worrell and I am an Adoption Coordinator in our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office. I am a graduate of Rider University with a BA in Sociology. I have been working for Open Arms since 2008 and spend the majority of my time working with birth parents as well as prospective adoptive parents in our program. My previous work experience was adoption related as well. I was employed by DYFS for 4 years where I conducted home studies for prospective foster and adoptive families as well as recruitment. I can be reached at or 267-256-2211.


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Hello!  My name is Portia Cooper and I am an Adoption Coordinator at Open Arms working out of our Philadelphia office.  I primarily provide counseling for expectant women who are considering adoption. Additionally, I work with adoptive families providing support throughout the adoption process including completing their home study and post placement visits.  I have worked in social services since 2003 in the fields of child development, drug and alcohol counseling and mental health case management. I am passionate about adoption and thrilled to be part of this team. You can reach me by email at or by calling 267-256-2233.