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Meet Our Adoption Social Workers

Anita Stevens – Founder  Anita_Stevens_Family_Connections.jpg

I am married, the mother of three children who are grown and married and the grandmother of nine. I have a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Social Work and Psychology. I worked for another adoption agency from 1987 to 1992 when I decided to begin Family Connections,Inc., So I have over thirty years of experience in the adoption field. This experience has included domestic adoption placements in New York and in many other states, placement of children internationally from the United States to other countries and from other countries to the United States, and the preparation of home studies for over twenty-one different countries. I have worked with families who have adopted newborn infants to teenagers. I have traveled to Guatemala, Vietnam, Russia, and Kazakhstan and helped hundreds of families prepare their international dossiers. I am truly passionate about helping families and available children find each other, fall in love and work through the attachment process of adoption. To reach Anita call 607-756-6574 or email



Daniel Stevens, L.M.S.W. – Adoption Social Worker/Ukraine Coordinator, Executive Director

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In May of 2017 I graduated with a Master in Social Work from Western New Mexico University.  In 2004 I graduated with a bachelor in Political Science with a Concentration in Law and Justice from SUNY Cortland.  Family Connections has been an integral part of my life since I was nine years old.  Having an adoption agency founder as a mother has placed adoption social work as a foundation to my personality.  While attending SUNY Cortland, I helped as an administrative assistant at Family Connections for two years before graduating.  Before returning to Family Connections I have had other life experiences that have directed my path back to Social Work.  I have three biological children with my wife and we hope to adopt in the near future. I am really excited to expand services at Family Connections to include individual family counseling services focused on adoption support in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Family Connections. 



Mary Capocefalo, L.M.S.W. – Adoption Social Worker 

Serving Central and Southern New York

Mary Capocefalo is a licensed social worker with a degree from Syracuse University. She and her husband are the parents of three children. Their son was adopted from Russia when he was four years old. Mary has worked in the adoption field for the past twelve years. In addition she also works as an adjunct professor at Crouse School of Nursing and LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and is a therapist in private practice.


 Michelle (Shelley) Morgan, L.M.S.W. – Adoption Social Worker

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Serving the Rochester area

Michelle (Shelley) Morgan, LMSW is a grduate of Syracuse University. She has worked as a contracted social worker for adoption since 2000. Adoption social work suites Michelle both professionally and personally as she has five internationally adopted children (Cambodia, Korea, Vietnam, and China).