Who we are

Since 1976, Northwest Adoption Exchange has connected youth in foster care with their potential adoptive families. We bring a fierce optimism and a strength-based approach to adoption recruitment; we know there’s a family out there for every youth. Often, we work with youth and empower them to help find their adoptive families. We maintain high standards and believe in the importance of respecting the safety, privacy, and dignity of youth in foster care.

Northwest Adoption Exchange is a program of Northwest Resource Associates.


Northwest Adoption Exchange staff

Tyler Helbach (he/him), MPA, director

Brandon Adams (he/him), In-Depth Profiles project manager

Nick Baumgartner (he/him), youth engagement specialist

Thea Carter (she/her), information and support specialist

Kailee Haong (she/her), youth engagement specialist

Naomi Kolb-Untinen (they/them), family and youth engagement specialist

Ginger Seslar (she/her), youth engagement specialist

Jessica Tholmer (she/her), program manager

Lori Woodbury (she/her), program assistant


Equity and inclusion

We acknowledge the historical discrimination and marginalization that has created unfair advantages for some and disadvantages for others. These inequities persist in every sector of society, including the child welfare community. Pursuing equity and inclusion is a top priority across all programs at Northwest Resource Associates. Read more about our efforts toward racial equity and inclusion on our agency website.