An Open Door Adoption : Georgia Counselors

Meet Dawn!

I am so blessed to be introducing myself as the Director of Domestic Adoptions! This year, my husband and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage. We have four children, two by birth and two by adoption. We have four amazing grandbabies with another on the way! My husband is retired military and we are both mental health therapists. My specific area of expertise is post-adoption and trauma therapy in children and families.

As a pregnant woman, you are probably wondering what your options are for the future. How will you manage your pregnancy? What does adoption look like? Can you continue to see your child after pregnancy? Can you continue to see your child after placing him or her? What will she think of you?

I can help you answer all these questions! My heart is to help you figure out exactly what’s right for you. It’s not the same for everyone. I am the Director of Domestic Adoptions, and we have counselors all over the state I would love to connect you with. In fact, we can meet with you, in person, the same day you call. 

Call us! We’re here for you! 

Director of Domestic Adoptions

Call 1-800-868-6339 for free, 24/7 counseling

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We have counselors available all over the state of Georgia.
Get to know them below!

Meet Deanna!
 – Atlanta Team Leader

Deanna has a degree in Social Services and has been with An Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc. since 2019. She’s worked in various fields within Social Services but feels as though she has really found her calling working with birthmothers and adoptive families. She says that it has been a pleasure to guide our expecting mothers and birthmothers through the difficult, but beautiful, journey of adoption. Deanna has three children who keep her life fun and entertaining. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and loves to travel.

Meet Shadonna!
– West Atlanta

Shadonna has built her career around servicing the needs of children and their families. Children, being totally reliant and subject to the actions and behaviors of their parents and other caregivers, have always tugged at her heart. After receiving degrees in early childhood education and sociology, she worked as a social worker for many years servicing her surrounding communities. Feeling the need to have an impact in a more personal way, she prayed for a job/career that would allow her to serve in a space where she could openly service and praise God as well.

Meet Vasheta!

Vasheta holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University. She also holds a Master of Science in Marital & Family Counseling from Mid-America Christian University. She has worked in the wondering and rewarding fields of counseling and social services. She has years of experience counseling families and individuals as well as years of experience working in a teenage maternity home. Vasheta has a passion and desire to help others.

Meet Laura Leigh!
– Savannah & Surrounding Areas

Laura Leigh has been with An Open Door Adoption Agency since January 2022. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University in Christian Counseling. She has a true passion for helping people. She is confident that the Lord has orchestrated her life events to shape her for this position.

Meet Ashlyn!
– Southwest & Central Georgia

Ashlyn has been with An Open Door since October of 2019. She graduated from Point University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a specialization working with women and teens. When Ashlyn was 15, the Lord laid on her heart a passion to work with women and teens. Before coming to An Open Door, she volunteered at a local crisis pregnancy center for 10 years. She has a heart and a passion to help women who are struggling and be a person they can trust to help them. She knows she is right where the Lord wants her and has given her a heart to love and help the moms she works with.

Meet Shelia!
– Southwest & Central Georgia

Shelia has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She works with both birthmothers and adoptive families. She has years of experience working with children and families. Shelia is passionate about ministry and embraces her call to the adoption ministry.

Meet Shontelle!
– Augusta & Surrounding Areas

Service is Shontelle’s passion. She has been blessed to provide service in every aspect of her life and careers for over 25 years. She is married to an amazing man, James, and in their union she has been blessed with two young men, Kaleb and Jacob. Her formal educational background varies from Sociology to Healthcare/Business Management to Education to Leadership and also includes Real Estate education and training. She enjoys spending her time traveling, educating herself and others, and hanging out with her family.

Shontelle says it is her goal to leave this world better than she found it, one person at a time. She says, “An Open Door Adoption Agency allows me to melt my knowledge, skills, and talents together to create relationships and connections to change others’ lives one by one.”

Meet Candace!
– Augusta & Surrounding Areas

Candace has been an adoption consultant with An Open Door Adoption Agency since July of 2022. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a concentration in childhood and adolescence. She has three children who are active in sports, which makes her life fun and definitely not boring! She also works with Babies Can’t Wait as a Special Instructor. She works with special needs children between the ages of birth to three years old. She has a passion for people and loves to be able to help anyone she can!