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It is each of our life’s mission to help other women in making the decision that is right for them. We are here to support you in any way we can and will always do so without judgment. We are here for you whenever you decide you are ready to talk or text, day or night.

We provide free options counseling to birth parents & new parents considering adoption. We are here to

help you explore your options and let you decide on the best choice for you and your baby. We can help you make your own personal adoption plan. We are ready to help you with one of the most important decision of your future and life.

Each one of us here at Hudson Hearts has been personally touched by adoption. We are an all-women staff made up of adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive parents. Hudson Hearts Adoption is part of the Hudson Valley Adoption Services organization.  Hudson Valley Adoption Services has been servicing the adoption community for over 12 years and the staff has combined over 75 years of service helping Birth Mothers make an incredibly brave and meaningful decision by creating a family for someone else.

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Welcome to Our Family

Each one of us here at Hudson Hearts has been personally touched by adoption. We are an all-women staff made up of adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive parents. Our staff has over 75 years of combined experience and service helping Birth Mothers make an incredibly brave and loving decision.

Meet Your Staff

Ruthie Rich

Executive Director

Ruthie has worked in both international and domestic adoptions for the past 40 years. She feels privileged to have been a part of the adoption journey for hundreds of birth parents, adoptive families and their children. During Ruth’s tenure as Executive Director of her former adoption agency, she created and grew a very successful domestic adoption placement program and brings this expertise to Hudson Valley Adoption Services. Ruth is a graduate of Boston University, completing her degree after raising her four children. Ruthie enjoys spending her free time with her husband and family, driving her grandchildren to baseball games and dance lessons, and binge-watching the Food Network.

Elisabeth Wallock

Adoptee/Director of Domestic Adoption

Elisabeth has worked as a devoted adoption specialist for over 20 years. She was adopted as an infant and has wonderful and meaningful relationships with both her family and her birth family. Elisabeth is especially honored to work with birth parents as she feels connected to the love, strength, and bravery it takes for a birth parent to consider making an adoption plan for their baby. Every day, she dedicates her work to her own birth mother’s brave decision. Elisabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and masters-level work in Psychology from Antioch University in California. In her free time, Elisabeth enjoys spending time with her family & friends, reading, watching movies, & traveling.

Amy Bresler

Adoption Specialist

Amy has been both personally and professionally connected to the field of adoption for over fifteen years and is extremely grateful to be a part of building families. It continues to be her honor to work with birth mothers and adopting families alike – from first connections and through the entire process, Amy is always there to support and guide everyone with the utmost care and respect. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family which includes 3 amazing children, and traveling to visit her friends and family in different countries. Amy graduated from York University with a degree in Psychology.

Paige Barnes

Birth Mother/Adoption Specialist

Paige has supported women considering adoption for over the last 30 years. When Paige was 17 years old, she became pregnant with her daughter whom she placed for adoption. She placed her daughter in an open adoption which has allowed for the fantastic relationship they continue to share 30 years later. Because of this, Paige is passionate about the option of adoption. She has a heart for connecting with other birth mothers and anyone associated with or interested in adoption. Paige attended Texas A&M and graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two teenage sons, running her boys around, reading, listening to podcasts, and DYI projects.

Adriana Cabrera

Intern/Adoptee/Birth Mother

Adriana has personal experience of being on two sides of the adoption triangle. She was adopted as a toddler, and she placed her newborn daughter for adoption almost two years ago. Because of her experience with this process, and the relationship that she has with the adopting family she chose for her daughter, she truly understands and desires to help those in similar positions. Adriana is a huge supporter of adoption and is here to be a resource for those who want to know more about either side of adoption. Adriana is attending the University of North Texas where she is studying for her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Once she graduates, she plans to continue helping others on a personal and professional level.

Our History

Founded in 2010 in Upstate New York, we started preparing adoptive parents with adoption training and home studies throughout the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region. We reached out through social service organizations and councils of non-profits to publicize our services, and from 2012 through 2019, we developed a vibrant placement program of adoptive and birth parent services throughout eastern New York. During the pandemic, we continued our work on the birth parent side and partnered with other agencies to provide the widest possible range of choice for our clients, helping them to choose an adoptive family, and to make post adoption communication agreements that would work well for all of the parents and, of course, the children, until reaching adulthood.

The world of adoption is always organically changing with the needs and circumstances of the participants. In 2021, we began to plan with a new management team, and decided to begin a transition. We are now also known as Hudson Hearts Adoption, and have begun exploring ways to continue to serve our clients with the same level of excellence and commitment.

Our mission remains the same. The well-being of children is our priority. We believe that every child deserves a permanent home in a nurturing environment, and that adoption is a lifelong process.

What It’s Like to Make an Adoption Plan With Hudson Hearts

What It’s Like to Make an Adoption Plan With Hudson Hearts

My experience and adoption journey with Elisabeth & Amy has been very good. They were wonderful and helpful. They did not pressure me, and they let me know it was my decision. I never felt judged.

Elisabeth was my support system and she stayed in contact with me throughout the whole pregnancy. She was there for me after my baby was born and continued to check on me for many months after I placed my baby.

I chose adoption because financially things in my life were not good. My 2-year-old daughter and I were living on my friend’s couch. I was trying to save money and get a place. I did not have the money to support another baby. I was alone and felt depressed.

I am happy knowing I blessed a family with the gift of life and that I gave my baby a good life. I am also happy knowing that my words and my experience can help other birth mothers. I encourage you to reach out and am here anytime you want to talk.


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