Tara Noone, MSW

Director of Adoptive Parent Services

Email: TaraN(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Tara built her family through open adoption with the help of Adoption Connection in 2008. A strong advocate for open adoption, Tara is excited to work formally with the adoption agency to help adoptive families and birth families build community together around adopted children. Tara has extensive experience in training, supervision, and outreach in a social work setting and in direct case management experience in prenatal health. She finds particular inspiration in knowing that every adoption story is exceptional and in contributing to the match by finding the right outcome for families.

Rachel Herndon, LCSW, MSW, ASW

Director of Birth Parent Services

Email: RachelH(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Rachel comes to Adoption Connection with many years of experience in domestic open adoption—both in her family, and professionally. She enjoys working with prospective birth parents to create the best plan for their particular situations and coordinating matches between adoptive and birth parents. Rachel loves leading open adoption workshops and support groups that can build connections and inspire birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees. She also enjoys building bridges and fostering relationships with other organizations that work in the women’s reproductive health field. Previously, Rachel worked as a Child Protective Services emergency response social worker and as a foster care social worker.

Nan Toder, LCSW

Stepparent/Domestic Partner Program Coordinator

Email: NanT(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Nan has held many positions at Adoption Connection in her 25+ years with the agency. Currently, Nan heads our Stepparent/Domestic Partner Adoption Program completing investigations to create two legal parents for a child. Stepparent or domestic partner adoption is appropriate if you and your spouse or partner recently remarried, created a child with the help of a donor, or one of you adopted a child as a single person.

Christina DeLeon

Homestudy Coordinator

Email: ChristinaD(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Christina assists adoptive families during their domestic homestudy, making sure this important first step of the adoption process runs smoothly from assignment to approval. She comes to Adoption Connection with extensive administrative experience in the medical field.

Malia Kane

Director of Outreach Services

Email: MaliaK(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Malia’s primary role is to help adoptive families craft their unique story through their adoption letter and online parent profile. The process of creating this material is never easy, and Malia has years of experience assisting individuals and couples from across the nation connect with expectant women. While waiting for the right open adoption match Malia educates and supports pre-adoptive families. Malia also assists expectant women who contact Adoption Connection, providing them with information and support they seek—from options counseling, referrals, information, to selecting an adoptive family. Her other roles include organizing and planning agency educational offerings, and strengthening the agency’s relationships with clinics, hospitals, and social service organizations.

Cale Branson

Administrative Manager of Adoptions

Email: CaleB(at)AdoptionConnection.org
The adoption process doesn't end once a baby is placed with a family. Cale ensures that the adoption runs smoothly from placement through finalization. As the interstate compact placement administrator, Cale ensures that all legal requirements are met and documentation is complete for out-of-state adoptions. He works closely with our regional caseworkers and attorneys during post-placement, and he answers the questions families ask as they finalize their adoption. Although Cale is the newest member of the Adoption Connection team, he has been a supporter of the agency since 2012 when he began exploring the possibility of adoption for his own family. He is excited to have the opportunity to put his personal adoption experience to work by helping other adoptive families navigate the adoption process.

Beth Miller

Marketing Manager

Email: BethM(at)AdoptionConnection.org
Beth manages and implements the marketing and community outreach strategies for Adoption Connection. She makes sure adoptive parents and birth mothers receive the information they need, and more importantly, find each other. As an adult adoptee placed at birth through a similar agency, her goal is to continue promoting the legacy and positive outcomes that Adoption Connection has enjoyed for over 30 years. Prior to her role at Adoption Connection, Beth served roles as a marketing and account director, marketing consumer software on the client side and consumer packaged goods on the agency side. With more than 20 years marketing expertise, Beth brings the latest digital marketing and lead generation strategies to her role, along with a wealth of communications expertise.

Adoption Connection’s staff also includes 14 licensed social workers (LCSW/MSW) or marriage and family therapists (MFT) who provide counseling and support to birth families and complete domestic homestudies and post-placement reports for adoptive families throughout Northern California.