Executive compensations at adoption agencies

Most adoption agencies are registered as not-for-profit organizations and as a result are obliged to file executive compensations with the IRS. While the organization itself is not-for-profit, its executives can still make a startling amount of money for themselves. In that sense promoting an agency as not-for-profit can, and in many cases is misleading. In several situations the compensation of top executives at adoption agencies is essentially the profit made by the organization.

The table that follows lists compensations to adoption agency executives in the amount of $95,000 or more, including benefits and expenses.
1C. Warren MosesCEOThe Children's Aid Society New York$1,351,200 (2008)
2Harold A. SmithSecretaryCatholic Charities of Baltimore$533,333 (2008)
3Kenneth L HallCEOBuckner International$398,795 (2007)
4Joan Wallace-BenjaminCEOThe Home for Little Wanderers$361,538 (2008)
5David M KihnemanCOOBuckner International$332,534 (2007)
6Seymour J FriedlandExecutive DirectorJewish Child & Family Services$320,475 (2007)
7Betty Nogan-WoernerCFOThe Children's Aid Society New York$298,456 (2008)
8Jane QuinnAssistant Executive DirectorThe Children's Aid Society New York$296,787 (2008)
9Patricia GraysonAssistant Executive DirectorThe Children's Aid Society New York$284,724 (2008)
10Maxine ChalkerExecutive DirectorAdoptions From The Heart $280,000 (2007)
11William WeisbergCOOThe Children's Aid Society New York$278,019 (2008)
12Elias LeffermanCEOVista del Mar Family & Child Services$277,974 (2008)
13Nina KostinaPresidentFrank Foundation (FFCAI)$276,099 (2007)
14Nancy B RonquilloCEOChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $267,443 (2008)
15George F AignerPresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$264,375 (2008)
16Margaret A ColeExecutive DirectorEuropean Adoption Consultants (EAC)$264,000 (2004)
17Madonna KingCEOChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$257,616 (2008)
18Jean M JohnsonVice PresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$255,493 (2008)
19Jill Borg SpitzerCEOAdoption Alliance of San Diego $251,095 (2008)
20Jack DavisVice PresidentBuckner International$250,892 (2007)
21Tony LintelmanCFOBuckner International$250,411 (2007)
22Gerald E NoonanVice PresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$245,123 (2008)
23Albert L ReyesPresidentBuckner Children & Family Services Inc$243,698 (2007)
24James GabrielCFOCatholic Charities of Baltimore$242,329 (2008)
25Michael J. McMahon CEOGladney Center for Adoption$239,179 (2007)
26David SloverVice PresidentBuckner Foundation$237,438 (2007)
27Vivian DatoffExecutive DirectorThe Datz Foundation$232,028 (2007)
27Mark EckmanExecutive DirectorThe Datz Foundation$232,028 (2007)
29Kathleen SilberAssistant Executive DirectorIndependent Adoption Center$221,731 (2007)
30Tara GuttermanExecutive DirectorAdoption ARC$219,514 (2007)
31Timothy C RhodesCEOLifelink international adoptions$212,000 (2008)
32Kenneth E HambergVice PresidentThe Home for Little Wanderers$208,217 (2008)
33Julie TyePresidentThe Cradle $207,474 (2008)
34Katherine LeggExecutive DirectorSpence-Chapin Services to Families and Children$194,396 (2008)
35Walter H OusleyCOOCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago$193,621 (2008)
36Howard GarvalCEOChild and Family Service$189,872 (2008)
37Felipe GarzaVice PresidentBuckner Children & Family Services Inc$187,953 (2007)
38Rose Alma SenatoreExecutive DirectorCatholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford$183,535 (2008)
39Robert GeniesseExecutive DirectorOur Children's Homestead$182,847 (2008)
40Philip HernandezDirectorThe Home for Little Wanderers$179,353 (2008)
41Lloyd McwilliamsVice PresidentBuckner International$178,515 (2007)
42Scott CollinsVice PresidentBuckner International$178,240 (2007)
43Richard RoetersVice PresidentBethany Christian Services$178,111 (2008)
44Irina SprishenDirectorAdoptions From The Heart $176,946 (2007)
45Michael J OuskaCIOLutheran Social Services of Illinois$175,364 (2008)
46Lillian ZhangCEOChina Adoption With Love, Inc.$175,321 (2007)
47Lisa Rowan-GillisVice PresidentThe Home for Little Wanderers$175,280 (2008)
48J. Scott BrownVice PresidentGladney Center for Adoption$174,670 (2007)
49Susan CurnanVice PresidentThe Home for Little Wanderers$173,862 (2008)
50Steve IngramVice PresidentBuckner International$171,278 (2007)
51Marilyn ReigerExecutive DirectorThe Barker Foundation $170,578 (2008)
52Lily NieCEOChinese Children Adoption International (CCAI) $170,360 (2008)
53William J. BlacquierePresidentBethany Christian Services$169,809 (2007)
54Robert CashelPresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$169,394 (2008)
55Amy JaffeVice PresidentVista del Mar Family & Child Services$168,786 (2008)
56Keene MetzgerCFOJewish Child & Family Services$167,264 (2007)
57Neil KnightonEmployed byBuckner Foundation$166,749 (2007)
58Maryann L AimoneVice PresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$163,657 (2008)
59Alan SpectorPresidentGlenkirk$163,007 (2008)
60Joshua ZhongPresidentChinese Children Adoption International (CCAI) $161,859 (2008)
61Gary GamerCEOHolt International Children's Services$161,526 (2008)
62Brook VosPresidentThe Cradle Foundation$158,397 (2008)
63L. Michelle McDonaldCFOVista del Mar Family & Child Services$157,970 (2008)
64Alina AfinogenovaEmployed byAdoption Ark$157,850 (2007)
64Elina V FilippovaPresidentAdoption Ark$157,850 (2007)
66Carole StilesVice PresidentHolt International Children's Services$155,689 (2007)
67Kathleen KunkelExecutive DirectorA Act of Love, Alternative Options and Services for Children$154,315 (2007)
68Kathy DonahueDirectorCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago$153,956 (2008)
69Leonora R WiseVice PresidentThe Home for Little Wanderers$150,586 (2008)
70Susan A SindersonVice PresidentLifelink international adoptions$148,526 (2008)
71Dale StrassheimCEOThe Baby Fold$146,878 (2008)
72Randall I Daniels Vice PresidentBuckner Children & Family Services Inc$146,626 (2007)
73Richard PearlmanCEOFamily Resource Center$145,749 (2008)
74Michael ShaverCOOChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $144,281 (2008)
75Cleo M TerryVice PresidentLifelink international adoptions$143,434 (2008)
76Phil LittletonVice PresidentHolt International Children's Services$141,606 (2008)
77Janet MintzerCEOPearl S. Buck International (Welcome House)$140,674 (2008)
78David M JensenVice PresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$140,565 (2008)
79Albert F BarberCOOCatholic Charities of Fairfield County Inc.$139,440 (2008)
80Linda PerilsteinExecutive DirectorCradle of Hope Adoption Center (CHAC or COH)$139,371 (2007)
81Lois NesciCOOCatholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford$139,228 (2008)
82Emily SachsCFOSpence-Chapin Services to Families and Children$138,584 (2008)
83Brent E YoderDirectorAdoption Options, Inc. (CA)$138,055 (2007)
84Kent SuarezCFOChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $137,539 (2008)
85Johnathan S EvartsVice PresidentLifelink international adoptions$137,500 (2008)
86Daniel SmithVice PresidentChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$136,621 (2008)
87Heidi Bruegel CoxVice PresidentGladney Center for Adoption$135,694 (2007)
88Gail SternCEOMandala Adoption Services$135,328 (2007)
89Lesley SiegelExecutive DirectorAcross the World Adoptions $135,275 (2008)
90Mervin AuchtungCOOBethany Christian Services$134,059 (2008)
91Peggy A ArizziTreasurerCatholic Charities, Diocese of Peoria $133,719 (2008)
92Kevin SweeneyCFOHolt International Children's Services$132,527 (2008)
93Ronald StoddartCEONightlight Christian Adoption $131,897 (2005)
94Vickye SchultzVice PresidentGladney Center for Adoption$131,759 (2007)
95Jane BaremanVice PresidentAdoption Associates, Inc.$131,728 (2006)
96Snow WuPresidentGreat Wall China Adoption (GWCA)$131,534 (2008)
97Patti J BatesCOOChild and Family Service$131,010 (2008)
98Merrily RipleyExecutive DirectorAdoption Advocates International (AAI) WA$130,391 (2008)
99Merrilee HeplerVice PresidentThe Cradle $128,601 (2008)
100Janice GoldwaterExecutive DirectorAdoptions Together $128,309 (2007)
101Ruth E PriceEmployed byBuckner Foundation$128,125 (2007)
102Edgar BernierCFOCatholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford$128,030 (2008)
103Donna L BarberVice PresidentLutheran Social Services of Illinois$127,722 (2008)
104Bob JokelaCOOJewish Child & Family Services$127,689 (2007)
105Debra PetersDirectorBethany Christian Services$126,778 (2007)
106Stephanie Mitchell Executive DirectorMAPS (Maine Adoption Placement Services)$126,734 (2008)
107Frank N ChiarellaDirectorLutheran Social Services of Illinois$126,533 (2008)
108Dwyatt C GanttExecutive DirectorChildren's Hope International (CHI)$126,500 (2007)
109Jim HueyPresidentThe Gladney Fund$124,880 (2007)
110Peter LeppanenCEOWide Horizons for Children (WHFC)$123,960 (2008)
111Joe KrollExecutive DirectorNorth American Council on Adoptable Children$122,175 (2008)
112Anna Belle IllienExecutive DirectorIllien Adoptions International, Inc.$121,800 (2005)
113Mary FronkVice PresidentThe Home for Little Wanderers$121,612 (2008)
114Brenda HennDirectorSmall World Adoption Foundation of Missouri, INC.$120,808 (1998)
115Terry PeekVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $120,206 (2008)
116Melba RodriguezVice PresidentLifelink international adoptions$120,000 (2008)
117Mary DailyDirectorAdoptions From The Heart $119,786 (2007)
118Susan L GilpinDirectorLutheran Social Services of Illinois$119,547 (2008)
119Rocky RosettiVice PresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$119,442 (2008)
120Marshall WilliamsVice PresidentGladney Center for Adoption$119,297 (2007)
121Dawn MusgraveDirectorAdoptions Together $118,906 (2007)
122Lynne JacobsExecutive DirectorAdopt International and Domestic Services (CA)$118,600 (2007)
123Joan JaegerVice PresidentThe Cradle $118,309 (2008)
124David PilgrimVice PresidentChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$117,977 (2008)
125Linda HagemanVice PresidentThe Cradle $117,033 (2008)
126Natasha MishinaVice PresidentFrank Foundation (FFCAI)$116,604 (2007)
127Heidi GonzalezDirectorAdoptions From The Heart $116,449 (2007)
128Gary L. LongmanPresidentSunny Ridge Family Center$115,786 (2007)
129Laura ArvoldSecretaryChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$115,755 (2008)
130Walter E. GilbertCEOAn Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc.$114,517 (2008)
131Lonnie PearsonVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $113,681 (2008)
132Ginger AllenExecutive DirectorAdvocates for Children and Families$113,300 (2008)
133Marc AndreasDirectorBethany Christian Services$112,438 (2007)
134Jennifer MerdingerVice PresidentThe Cradle Foundation$112,427 (2008)
135Randall BachmanVice PresidentChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$112,344 (2008)
136Megan Davis-OchiVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $111,228 (2008)
137Alison FosterExecutive DirectorFamily Connections Christian Adoptions$111,113 (2008)
138Thomas ZookDirectorBethany Christian Services$110,957 (2008)
139Cynthia D SmetanaCFOCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago$110,827 (2008)
140Tomilee HardingCEOChristian World Adoption (CWA)$110,665 (2008)
141Debra FrederickVice PresidentCatholic Charities of Fairfield County Inc.$109,992 (2008)
142Ann WrixonExecutive DirectorIndependent Adoption Center$109,528 (2007)
143Peter KnibbeDirectorBethany Christian Services$108,912 (2007)
144Susan MainesExecutive DirectorAmerica World Adoption Association$108,675 (2007)
145Gary KuyperDirectorBethany Christian Services$108,600 (2007)
146Georgia LeonardExecutive DirectorThe Family Network, Inc. $108,248 (2008)
147Aleda MadisonCEOMadison Adoption Associates$108,000 (2007)
148Rosemary MartinExecutive DirectorCarolina Adoption Services$107,987 (2008)
149Brian DeVosDirectorBethany Christian Services$107,808 (2007)
150Susan Soon-Keum CoxVice PresidentHolt International Children's Services$107,514 (2007)
151Linda BrownleeExecutive DirectorAdoption Center of Washington$107,316 (2007)
152Mary Ellen HassVice PresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$107,312 (2008)
153Linda R. WynnExecutive DirectorHeart to Heart Adoption Service, Inc.$107,125 (2007)
154Robert HardingCFOChristian World Adoption (CWA)$107,026 (2008)
155Melody Wen ZhangAssistant Executive DirectorChildren's Hope International (CHI)$106,770 (2007)
156Irene CronkiteVice PresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$105,388 (2008)
157Cynthia FoxCFOCatholic Charities of Fairfield County Inc.$105,340 (2008)
158Michele FriedChairmanAdoption S.T.A.R., Inc. $105,000 (2007)
159Ellen GiudiceVice PresidentThe Cradle $104,730 (2008)
160Ronald J CameronDirectorBethany Christian Services$104,099 (2007)
161Lois FaheyVice PresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$103,494 (2008)
162William HoeyVice PresidentCatholic Charities of Fairfield County Inc.$102,847 (2008)
163Karen TanVice PresidentChild and Family Service$101,836 (2008)
164Linda ColemanCFOGlenkirk$101,315 (2008)
165Alan BachmanVice PresidentChildren's Home Society & Family Services, Minnesota (CHSFS)$101,280 (2008)
166Gongzhan WuEmployed byGladney Center for Adoption$100,629 (2007)
167Patricia Marsden KishVice PresidentFamily & Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)$100,424 (2008)
168Hilary FreemanVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $100,273 (2008)
169Rhonda Gelman-KelleyVice PresidentPearl S. Buck International (Welcome House)$98,411 (2008)
170Keith WallaceCEOFamilies Thru International Adoption (FTIA)$98,353 (2007)
171Marsha Lee UsdaneSecretaryDillon Southwest$98,344 (2007)
172Vicki PetersonDirectorWide Horizons for Children (WHFC)$97,838 (2008)
173Anne BarclayVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $97,442 (2008)
174Laura ReillyVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $97,386 (2008)
175Teresa MandicVice PresidentPearl S. Buck International (Welcome House)$96,668 (2008)
176Lisa PieperVice PresidentChildren's Home & Aid Society of Illinois $96,326 (2008)
  1. The compensation of C. Warren Moses includes $870,047 in benefits, the annual compensation itself is "only" $481,158;
  2. Several of the agencies listed have a much wider scope than adoption alone, so the compensations paid are not always just for adoption related activities;
  3. Lily Nie and Joshua Zhong are husband and wife, together they make $332,219;
  4. Mark Eckman and Vivian Datoff are husband and wife, together they make $464,056;
  5. When compensations have fluctuated strongly in the last couple of years the highest compensation is listed;
  6. The table will automatically be updated whenever new information is being made available.

payback~ pay-forward, just pay!

Never let it be said that the rich aren't getting richer on the backs of the victims. I am outraged over the finances of these people. While everyone else is expected to pay and pay in 1 way or another. Must be nice to gain so much off anothers suffering. Perhaps we should open an adoption agency here.....

Where Are The 20/20 & 60 Minutes Expose's On This?

I find it interesting that they major networks and papers have not done expose's on the multi-billion dollar baby pimping that is clearly going on here. The stats don't lie! I think there is a lot of money being passed under tables to keep this stuff from the news. The adoption industry's lobbyists are paying off t.v. producers and anyone else who might blow the whistle on their sick, money making schemes. Selling flesh for profit. I hope every person on that list finds a very warm place in HELL for their evil deeds.

Another POV

The adoption industry's lobbyists are paying off t.v. producers and anyone else who might blow the whistle on their sick, money making schemes

That's why (I think) it would be nice if someone like Michael Moore showed a little interest in little things, like items left "off the record" and the happenings taking place behind closed-doors.

Him and Madonna

Someone years ago told me that Bastard nation had spoken to him at least about adoptee rights.  He supported them but I hear he is kind of mad at us because we weren't in love with Madonna's adoption antics.

He needs to but he too thinks adoption is happy and dappy.

"Show me the money!"

Perhaps others can begin to understand why I see RED (and black) when I read about AP's agreeing to pay $4000 more in adoption fees, just to save an adoption agency from closing... an agency that goes to Ethiopia to collect it's children for waiting (impatient) PAP's, with money.   

[See:  Fly Away Children]


pricing the executive

Today I checked out some of the responses to the list of executive compensations given on some of the forums that have linked to it. Apart from some outrage there were also some comments stating that the compensations to executives in this list were much conform the market and if agencies did not pay such salaries they wouldn't be able to hire the best in the field.

That line of reasoning is true to an extent for the highest compensations in the list. Welfare organizarions like, The Children's Aid Society and Catholic Charities are big organizations with a long tradition and their representatives are hired to do a certain job. This is not true for most of the adoption agencies that are in the business of adoption only. Many of those were founded by the current executive director and are run as a vehical to make a personal profit. In many cases the bottom-line of the organization is not the profit of the organization, but the compensation of the executive director. In most agencies there is no competition for the best job. In most agencies the founder is like an owner and the board of directors is chosen by that owner.

As a result most executive compensations for adoption agencies are not based on skills that have a market price, but are based on the number of children the organization was able to place.

Thank you for this very

Thank you for this very informative and reliable post. When a number of large corporations went to the government for a bailout during the recession a few years ago, one of the first things the American people wanted curbed was executive compensation. A business that unsuccessful miserably and wanted TARP help shouldn't be lining already padded pockets. However, a brand new report has found executive compensation slightly dipped even while a number of firms, such as General Motors, AIG and Ally Financial, were receiving TARP funding. Source of article: https://personalmoneynetwork.com/

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