Adoptees United is led by adoptees in the United States. We are committed to a diverse board and organization that represents the interests of all adoptees, whether domestic, intercountry, transracial, or former foster youth.
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4629 1st Ave South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
Adoptees United Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Adoptees United Inc.
Adoptees United is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Minnesota in May 2019. Contributions to Adoptees United are tax-deductible.
Current Board Members
Board Member and the Adoptees United Leader of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB)
Erica Babino was born in New York and adopted in Texas. She is the former legislative chair of the American Adoption Congress and has been active in adoptee rights work for years. She is currently the principal of Speak In Green Consulting, a conflict resolution consulting firm, and the author of Rolling into Peace: Speaking in Green, one in a series of children’s books on the subject of mediation, resolving conflict, and diversity.
Shawna Hodgson is a Texas-born adoptee and sixth generation Texan. She became active in adoptee rights in Texas in 2014 and worked closely with legislative sponsors in both the Texas House and Senate. She is a leading advocate for adoptee rights in Texas and is the spokesperson for the Texas Adoptee Rights Coalition.
Aubrey Jackson is a Florida-born adoptee whose career has taken her to the front of the camera as a news anchor to behind the scenes as a luxury Realtor. After gaining closure and discovering her birth family through years of self-produced search efforts, she finds it purposeful to fight for adoptee rights and bring awareness to the reality of adoptees as an advocate. To connect with Aubrey, you can find her on social media @ImAubreyJackson on all platforms where she shares her love of travel and personal development.
Gregory D. Luce (he/him)
Gregory Luce is an attorney and DC-born adoptee. He is the founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center, which provides resources and legal advocacy for adult adoptees on issues of identity and U.S. citizenship.
Annette O’Connell is a New York born adoptee. She has been active in the adoptee rights community since 2014 and is currently the spokesperson for the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition, which has been instrumental in successfully passing equal rights legislation in New York state.
Anthony Walsh (he/him)
Anthony Walsh is a DC-born adoptee, adopted in Minnesota. He is currently pursuing a law degree at Hamline Mitchell School of law and is also a senior policy associate at The Century Foundation where he manages FOIAs for the higher education team.
Chelsey Wright (they/them)
Chelsey Wright is a South Korean born adoptee. They currently advocate for gun violence prevention through their work with The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and have spent years volunteering their time in various social justice movements including advocating for equitable arts-based education in the school system and trauma informed care through the Luminous Minds Project, LGBTQ+ rights and most recently they have been advocating for different citizenship bills (DREAM Act and Adoptee Citizenship Bill).