New Address:

The Ties Program
113 Cherry St, PMB 76042
Seattle, Washington 98104-2205
(303) 529-0251

Program Manager Contact Information

Autumn Ackerson  Marketing and Program Coordinator, China, Bulgaria
(303) 418-8051 (Mountain Time)

Ben Kaanta Associate Director, Paraguay, Colombia, Romania
(303) 381-3041 (Eastern Time)

Rebecca (Harris) Blessing, Program Manager, Guatemala, Ethiopia
(303) 418-4579 (Mountain Time)

Sarah Goth Kurtzahn, Senior Program Manager, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia
(414) 299-6635 (Central Time)

Tanya Kaanta  Director, Kazakhstan, India, reopening of other programs, Speakers’ Bureau and Media Relations.
(303) 731-2230 (Eastern Time)

Adoption Therapists and Consulting
Amy Wilkerson 
Erin Ahlquist

For additional information, click the Adoption Therapists and Consulting tab on this page.

Adjunct Travel Staff  Your group will be accompanied by a team of adoption specialists who are well versed in adoption issues. Our adoption specialists may be an adoption agency social worker from one of the many agencies who work cooperatively with The Ties Program, a therapist, or an adult adoptee, adoptive parent or interested individual with a special background and training in adoption. While it is important to note a Ties trip is not therapy, each staff person traveling with your group will have a unique connection to adoption and a passion for serving adoptive families on this important journey.

Adjunct staff who have traveled with us include many wonderful people you may know: Autumn AckersonErin Ahlquist, Scottie Allen, Heather Ames, Betsy August, Emily Bail, Betsey Barrett, Janelle Bentley, Linda Berman, Paula Bickel, Rebecca Harris Blessing, Larilyn Carpenter, Marisa Cleveland, Jenna Cook, Soo Choi, Jessie Crupi, Ana Dodson, Kathleen Donovan, Ian Forber-Pratt, Mary Fournier, Fran Freeman, Analisa Freitas, Jackie Frens, Sophia Gardner, Shari Goldstein, Dr. Laurie Glass, Carol Hakala, Pat Hallada, Brian Hallada, Caitlin Hallada,  Pat Hoopes, Jessica Houston, Mandy Jones, Dr. Tanya Kaanta, Carmen Knight, Dr. Bibiana Koh, Matt Kurtzahn, Laura Marshall, Sandy Maher, Sarah McCarthy, Hollee McGinnis, Amy Mullen, Katie Naftzger, Cindy Neal, Mary Nervig, Dr. Sue Ouellette,  Gwen Owen, Young Hae Paeng, Melina Passage, Melitta Payne, Erica Pelaccia, Kourtni Radar, Ann Rankowitz, Mara Rothschild, Cara Schoenley, Deb Shrier, Jaclyn Skalnik, Michaelyn Sloan, Kelly Smith, Liz Solomon, Claire Stiglmeier, Laura Summerhill, Izzy Townsend, Tara VanderWoude, Amy Silverbrandt Wilkerson, Dr. Samantha Wilson, Angela Wood-Richter, Gail Woods, and Sun Yun.