Who Are We
Hope 4 Kids (a program of Development Solutions, Inc.) is a non-profit (501c3) Foster Care & Adoption Agency that is licensed in the State of California (License #306099614) and now in Washington. The organization was founded by Len and Peggy in 1995 to serve children and families in Southern California, then in Washington, nationwide and worldwide. We have become licensed in Washington State as a domestic and international adoption agency.
Peggy Roger, L.C.S.W. is a co-founder and the Director of Programs for Hope 4 Kids. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been professionally caring for children in Group Homes, Foster Care and Adoption for the past 30 years. Peggy is an experienced individual and family counselor, and developed a reputation for being able to bring about positive change, even where others had tried without success. She is well known for her outstanding work within the Group Home, and Foster Care and Adoption communities and additionally, now, works in media and film to bring awareness to the community.
Len Carey is the Director of our program and co-founder, and has been largely responsible for determining the primary vision, business infrastructure, and marketing components of the organization. Len brings with him more than 15 years of business management and marketing experience gained from the computer & software industry, which he acquired while functioning as a Business Development Manager for Apple Computer. He also has an educational background in Philosophy, Theology, Counseling, and Business Management.
Karleen Cox, B.A., is our Administrator and Foster Care Coordinator. She has been the driving force behind the development of our domestic adoptions program, and serves as a competent trainer for both Foster Care and Adoption classes. With a background as a schoolteacher, Karleen has become a Foster Care & Adoption expert, as well as an invaluable researcher, trainer, and organizer.
Becky Wills, M.S.W. is our Adoptions Coordinator and Social Worker. With a background in Office Administration, she makes sure there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. Becky plays a vital role in our administration process, and has comprehensive knowledge of all we do.
Hugh Margesson has an extensive background in administration and development for non-profit organizations. Hugh played a significant role in building the framework for Hope 4 Kids during the startup phases of the Agency, and he continues to play a vital leadership role. He has worked with Concept 7 Foster Care Agency for more than 15 years, and it’s no secret that much of their success is a direct result of his efforts.
John Drew, Ph.D. As a member of our Advisory Board, with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University, Dr. Drew has played a significant role in educating the public and the academic world about the tragedies of child abuse. John brings a wealth of knowledge, resources, and direction to our organization.
Cristine Maize, M.A.
Mary McKeeman, M.S.
Tania Patrizio, M.S.W.
Amy Miller, M.S.
Autumn Meyer, M.S.W.
Michelle Stark, L.C.S.W.
Lynn Young, L.C.S.W.
Alejandro Ornelas, M.S.W.
Stephanie Clancy, L.C.S.W.
Joanne Olson, M.S.W.
Tanya Chellsen-Fernandez, L.C.S.W.
Christine Wasserman, L.C.S.W.
Jennifer Wongyai, L.C.S.W
Sarah Goodale, M.S.W. Social Work Supervisor for WA
Terry Stephens, Director for WA
Carol Ryan, International Adoptions Social Worker for WA
Why We’re Different
Going the Extra Mile:
Hope 4 Kids is dedicated to providing a personal touch! Due to overwhelming demands, many larger agencies sometimes have difficulty “hand holding” their families through the certification process and beyond. Whereas, Hope 4 Kids is a smaller organization, (yet for many years has been the number 1 adoption placing agency in CA) we go the extra mile for each client and child. We can offer a more intimate setting, so you don’t feel you’re just another cog in the wheel. We also pride ourselves on getting things done quickly and efficiently.
A Healthy Perspective:
Hope 4 Kids is committed to addressing the spiritual dimension as well as all other areas of human development. We think kids like everyone else are trying to make sense of the real world, which is filled with rejection, love, pain and pleasure. In our opinion, there is no better place for a hurting child to heal and learn than in a loving home; where they can be cared for and nurtured, while having difficult questions and feelings explained from a worldview that makes sense.
There is much more that could be said about our organization and where we are going. However, I hope this gives you some idea of who we are, what we do, and why we’re different. We look forward to meeting the needs of our community together.
- Domestic and International Adoption Home Studies, Training and Support
- Birthparent Relinquishment and Counseling
- Post Placement Services