Adoptions First has provided the most caring, professional and successful adoption services for more than 20 years.  Since 1989 Adoptions First has provided the best adoption services & experience for our birth parents and adoptive parents. It is much more than our work. It is our passion, our personal stories and our life’s calling.

We know very well the challenges of birth parents and adoptive parents. We will guide you with warmth and support throughout the entire adoption services process. Your peace of mind is our top priority.

Adoptions First is open-minded, embraces diversity and never judges any of our birth parents or adoptive parents. We welcome all types of families, including same sex couples and single adoptive parents.

Our Team

All members of our staff have their own adoption stories and a personal passion for their work in the field of adoption services.


David Ellis – Attorney

“After adopting our baby over thirty years ago, I knew I would always be connected to the adoption process as I walked “in the same shoes” as any family wanting to have a baby. I realized that with a lot more hand-holding on both sides, the adoption journey could be improved. I made the decision to go into the field of Adoptions services because I felt that I could make a difference. My decision was based on a passion to build families and to solely assist people in fulfilling their dreams to become parents. The most powerful moments are sharing with families, who have experienced many years of pain and disappointment, that they will become parents.”

Renee – Director

Renee has been working directly with adoptive parents, birthparents, and adoption professionals for over 21 years. Throughout that time, David and Renee have successfully collaborated on a number of domestic adoptions and international outgoing adoptions, working with families living in Western European Countries who were approved to adopt children from the USA. Working with families from around the world to see that every child has a forever home is Renee’s goal and passion. Her immeasurable depth of knowledge, attention to detail, and love for adoption is evident to everyone she works with. Renee supports and guides clients and birthparents with care and compassion while ensuring that everyone receives the highest quality of adoption services.

Jennifer – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker and has a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lends her expertise to our adoptive parents by providing clinical support, open adoption education and guidance throughout the adoption journey. She also counsels and evaluates potential birthparents and works closely with our director in the development and implementation of new procedures and protocols. For over 15 years, Dr. Jen has worked to promote best practices in child welfare and adoption. She has supervised adoption counselors across the nation and also has a private practice where she works with all members of the adoption triad and the greater adoption community.

Ali – Coordinator

After making an adoption plan for her birth-daughter over 5 years ago, Ali earned a Masters in Social Work to spend her career helping others through the adoption process. Throughout her academic program, she continued her engagement with the adoption community as a Birthmother Outreach Coordinator, Adoption Agency Intern, and Birthmother Buddy. Ali is an invaluable resource for our birthmothers and a wonderful asset to our Adoptions First team.

Linda – Adoption Consultant

Linda is committed to building families through adoption. As an adoptive mother, she strongly believes that everyone regardless of age, race, marital status or sexual orientation, should have the op on of fulfilling their dream of becoming a parent. Linda brings valuable insight and experience to the potentially daunting adoption process. Having experienced infertility and the decision to adopt herself, she knows the emotional highs and lows families go through during an adoption. As the mother of an adoptee, she shares her own experiences with clients going through the same thing: making the decision that adopting is a viable alternative to creating a family; realizing the goal of raising a child, not just bearing one; and finally, facing the fears and uncertainty associated with the adoption process. Linda has worked in the legal eld for over 25 years and has participated in more than 2000 adoptions, focusing on behind-the-scenes interactions with the Department of Social Services and terminating the rights of birthfathers.

Bonnie – Attorney

Bonnie is an attorney and sole practitioner licensed in California who performs legal services on our adoptions as an independent contractor. She works closely with David on the majority of our California adoptions. She began working in the area of domestic adoptions in October of 1992 and has focused her practice on adoptions since that time. She has participated in and/or completed over 1,500 adoptions, including independent, interstate, agency-assisted, relative, stepparent, and adult adoptions, as well as re-adoptions of internationally-adopted children. Prior to becoming an attorney, Bonnie worked over 17 years as a legal secretary, paralegal, and law clerk. She knows how to get things done efficiently, expeditiously and ethically. She and her husband are the adoptive parents of four children, now all adults, two of whom were adopted domestically and two of whom were adopted internationally. She gets a special satisfaction from assisting our staff to help our clients start and grow their families through adoption.

Darcey – Birthmother Companion

Darcey is the proud single mother of two children. She has over 20 years of experience in social work and has been working with birthmothers and families in adoptions for several of those years. Adoption has become her special passion and life’s work. Darcey believes that the secret of experiencing a successful adoption is focusing on the birthmother. Being at the hospital with so many birthmothers has only served to reinforce her immense appreciation for the strength, love and resolve it takes to choose this path. She is pleased to be working with such a first-rate team.

We would all love to hear from you by phone or email or to meet with you in person. Please tell us how we can help you.

*all advisors are independent consultants

"To help build a family is one of the greatest gifts you could give someone. I feel extremely blessed to have been through this experience and I have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone at Adoptions First."

− Sarah, Birthmother

"When no one was there for me, I had the staff of Adoptions First. They never judged me, never laughed at me and never questioned me. They were always there for me. To this day I still talk with them. I love these incredible women. I am ever so grateful to all of the staff at Adoptions First."

− Jessica, Birthmother

"We do know we were absolutely in the right hands with Elisabeth and do believe this could not have come together if not for her help and involvement. We will be HIGHLY recommending your team."

− Anonymous from New York

"My family will never be the same. David and the staff opened our eyes to the adoption process. Instead of a daunting experience, we felt totally supported throughout the process with a successful outcome. The group at Adoptions First are sincere, honest and totally professional. My deepest thanks."

− Howie Mandel of Deal or No Deal

"Honestly, this process can be very hard at times, and the strength and kindness of this group provides a hardy shelter when it gets a little stormy out there. I cannot say enough about David and Elisabeth. They are wonderful! There is no one else to trust your adoption to."

− Trish, Adopting Mom

"My experience with Adoptions First , David and Elisabeth, was nothing short of amazing. The whole team made me feel like a part of the family and it was the BEST experience of my life.... The results... My baby boy!"

− Brandi, Adoptive Parent

"David and the staff of Adoptions First are the very best. We have recommended them for many years."

− Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys

"Hey gang, for many years, I have recommended David and his staff. They have helped build my family."

− Rosie O'Donnell

"I called (Adoptions First) so many times with what I thought were stupid, and emotional questions and they were always there to support me and my husband. They told us to be ourselves. So we relaxed."

− Rebecca, Adoptive Parent

"I never thought this day would come. Your team is amazing."

− Jeffrey Tambor

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