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Wishing Maggie Cotton a Very Happy Retirement

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

If you ever have the chance to sit down with Maggie Cotton, prepare to learn a thing or two. Maggie has been with Northwest Adoption Exchange since 1989. Though she initially planned to be in her role for a few months, 28 years later, she is heading into retirement. When asked about her experience at Northwest Adoption Exchange, she quips, softly and succinctly:

“I have really loved being here.”

Maggie has been with NWAE for so long that she effortlessly recalls the way “things used to be,” in the complex days before the worldwide web. Before the internet hit the office, NWAE manually composed and mailed a book each month containing photo listings of children in foster care. Maggie laughed when she recalled how not everyone in the office was cut out for collating; needless to say, it was quite the relief when the internet arrived. All of a sudden, everything was able to move a lot quicker – profiles could be updated almost instantaneously, if a kid was placed in a home, their profile could be taken down right away – and there was no more need for a long physical mailing list. Though she doesn’t use it, Maggie believes that social media is incredibly significant for the adoption world. In many ways, social media is the new “word of mouth,” and with adoption and foster care, that additional boost can make a world of difference.

Maggie is straightforward and honest, smart and extremely experienced. If you have ever wondered if what we do works, Maggie’s answer is quick and confident.

“You bet it does.”

Maggie’s motto of “you bet it does” is supported by many years of experience working in the industry. She shared a memorable story with us, one of a group of seven siblings from Idaho, ranging in age from two to 13 years old. When she first heard about them, she worried briefly. “Oh gosh, who is going to come forward to adopt these kids?” She didn’t wonder for long. Maggie took a proactive approach and wrote about the family for The Seattle Times. When the Sunday’s Child column (now known as Saturday’s Child) was published, responses poured in. Though there were more than 50 inquiries for the children, they eventually were adopted by a loving couple in their 40s, who kept the family together and strong. And that’s how she knows what we do works.

On a personal note, Maggie was adopted in 1946 at the age of four-ish and is very open about her own experience of growing up navigating the complexities of attachment. She openly shares her stories, and it is easy to see why she is so good at what she has done for so long. Between her work with NWAE and her years spent counseling teenagers in crisis intervention, Maggie has truly dedicated her life to helping children. She understands kids; the ones who need a little extra love and support, the ones who appear strong, like they have the world figured out; the young ones, the older ones, the teens who need someone to listen. She understands them all.

It has been an honor to have Maggie as such an integral part of NWAE for the past couple of decades. We wish her a happy retirement and thank her for making such a difference, every single day, in the lives of all who she has worked for and with. Thank you, Maggie.


Check out our newest adoption PSA!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Do you ever wish you had multiple choice answers for life's daily challenges?

We all know that as a parent there are no perfect answers. That's why our newest PSA, in partnership with AdoptUSKids and Washington State DSHS, celebrates the fact that you don't have to be perfect to be an adoptive parent.

There are thousands of children in our region that need foster and adoptive homes. Help spread the word by sharing the PSA on social media, speaking with your friends and family about adoption, and considering adoption from foster care! 

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