Our Staff & Board

Adoptions with Love Staff

Amy S. Cohen

LICSW, Executive Director

Amy S. Cohen

Amy has been working at AWL since 1986 and she became the Executive Director in October 2001. Amy’s responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office and formulating and implementing plans for AWL’s future. Amy works extensively with all members of the adoption triad, conducting home studies, counseling expectant/birth parents, providing post-placement services, facilitating groups and assisting with search and reunions. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Amy is married and has two young adult, married children, and three grandsons. Every day is a new adventure in the world of adoption. Amy feels privileged to work with and help all people touched by adoption.

Contact Amy: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-777-0072

Nancy Rosenhaus

LICSW, Associate Director

Nancy Rosenhaus

Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with extensive experience over 38 years. She came to AWL in October of 1988 and became the Associate Director in 2001. Nancy counsels expectant/birth parents who are considering placing their child for adoption and she works with hopeful adoptive parents who are excited to build their family through adoption. Nancy also provides on-going counseling for families regarding talking to their children about adoption and has chaired the SEARCH committee which has begun a search and reunion program at AWL. She has facilitated reunions between birth parents and adoptees. She has been a guest speaker for school systems training faculty about adoption issues. Nancy is married has two adult daughters and a new grandson.

Contact Nancy: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-777-0072

Brittany Peters

Office Manager

Brittany Peters

Brittany joined the staff of Adoptions with Love, Inc., in July 2018. Brittany is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at AWL, and also works closely with prospective adoptive parents. As an adoptive mother herself, Brittany is particularly excited for the opportunity to work with individuals and couples embarking on the journey of adoption. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University, and prior to joining AWL, she worked for a local nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys traveling, reading, and being a mother to her most adorable son. She is also the office “genius bar”.

Contact Brittany: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-777-0072

Jessica Traniello

LICSW – Clinical Social Worker

Jessica Traniello

Jessica joined the staff of Adoptions with Love, Inc., in 2018 coming from Boston Children’s Hospital, where she counseled families of children with chronic illness. At Adoptions with Love, Jessica works closely with both expectant/birth parents and adoptive parents. Seeing families created brings so much joy to her as well as making a connection to a young woman facing the crises of an unplanned pregnancy. Jessica holds an undergraduate business degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her new husband, her dog Bowser, family and friends.

Contact Jessica: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-777-0072

Kate Borrero

LCSW - Clinical Social Worker

Kate Borrero

Kate joined the staff of Adoptions with Love, Inc. in April 2021 as a clinical social worker. Kate provides counseling to expectant/birthparents as well as working with adoptive families throughout their adoption journey. As a Transracial Adoptee, Kate has always been passionate about adoption and is grateful for the opportunity to work with all members of the adoption triad. Kate received her BA in Sociology from Pitzer College and then went on to receive her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and loves being by the water whenever possible.

Contact Kate: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-777-0072

Carli Brenner

Expectant/Birth Parent Coordinator

Carli Brenner

Carli joined the staff of Adoptions with Love in July 2021. Carli works with expectant/birth parents who are considering an adoption plan for their child. She is primarily responsible for contacting and developing relationships with all expectant/birth parents, and setting up services for them. Her warm demeanor, energy, and compassion put people immediately at ease. In addition to daily communication with expectant/birth parents, Carli facilitates photo and letter exchanges between birth parents and adoptive parents. Before joining AWL, Carli graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is currently volunteering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Outside of work, Carli enjoys reading, rollerblading, and playing board games.

Contact Carli: Call/Text are Free/Confidential & Available 24/7:
Call: 800-722-7731 • Text: 617-964-4357

Adoptions with Love Board of Directors

  • Drew Zalkind, Chairman
  • Mark Blecher, Treasurer
  • Gretchen Morgan, Clerk
  • Susan Heffron
  • Chris Counihan
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