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Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive parents in Colorado since 2002. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a private, non-profit adoption agency licensed by the state. Our staff has a genuine commitment to providing an empathetic, empowering, and progressive experience to all involved in the adoption process. The talented and experienced adoption professionals at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado work cooperatively and persistently in an effort to ensure successful placements.

Christy Ikeler

Executive Director
Birth Parent Caseworker

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Christy Ikeler, is our Executive Director and Birth Parent Director. Christy has been with Adoption Choices Team for 20 years, since opening the doors in 2002! Christy has a true passion for what she does and her true love is working with and helping each birth parent. Whether she is up all night on the phone talking with them, taking them to doctors appointments, out for their favorite treat, providing counseling or at the hospital during labor and delivery, Christy is very involved every step of the way. She has a contagious laugh and a spunky personality that our birth moms all can bond with and relate to. As an adoptive parent herself, adoption holds a very special place in her heart and she can relate on every level with both birth parents and adoptive parents. In her free time Christy loves spending time with her daughter, gardening, baking and taking vacations with her family. Christy is an excellent leader for our team at Adoption Choices and is truly one of a kind!! As Executive Director, Christy spends time with the staff, birth parents and adoptive families in order to ensure that the agency is running smoothly. She has placed a huge emphasis on community outreach and programs for birth parents. Christy loves the opportunity to lead the agency into a brighter future.

Brenda Hudson Retrum, BA

Director of Adoptive Parent Services
Home Study Provider

 

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Brenda’s passion for adoption was sparked when she adopted her two sons through private, domestic adoption. She has been working in adoption for over twenty-three years and it has always been her desire to give back to the process that created her family. In her work Brenda counsels birth parents and provides support and guidance to adoptive parents. For the past thirteen years, she has also worked as a contractor in international adoption, including assistance with the COA (Council on Accreditation) Hague accreditation for two agencies. She is an innovative advocate for her clients and encourages them to truly participate in and take charge of the life event of adoption, a process that will profoundly affect them. It is her belief that in an atmosphere of honesty, respect, and support, it is possible to experience the process with realistic expectations about the challenges and joys of adoption. Brenda is an adoption educator and trainer and works as a confidential intermediary for the Colorado courts, locating and contacting sought-after relatives (birth parents, adoptees, and birth siblings). She has served on the Boards of Directors for several local adoption agencies and volunteers her time to Gift of Adoption. A Colorado native, she is an avid runner, loves doing yoga, enjoys reading, and creates jewelry. Brenda resides in Golden, Colorado, with her husband, her two sons, and Carmen the labradoodle.

Stephanie Walker, MSW

Child Placement Supervisor
Home Study Provider

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Stephanie joined the Adoption Choices family in 2014 as the Child Placement Supervisor.  Her love for adoption began in first grade when she made friends with twins adopted from Vietnam.  Her heart grew strong over the years for adopted children and ultimately led her to graduate school where she continued her focus to her dream of working in the adoption field.  Stephanie earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver in 2001.  Over the past 15 years, Stephanie has worked as a pregnancy counselor and as an adoptive parent counselor for foster care, international adoption and domestic adoption, writing hundreds of home studies for families, and helping build their forever families.  Stephanie is married and has three boys ages 12, 9, and 5. Together with her family she enjoys riding bike, playing games, watching her three sons compete in their various sporting and musical activities and go on vacations.

Susan Merten

Susan Merten

Home Study Provider

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