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Adoption Choices of Northern California is a private, non-profit registered adoption facilitator which assists both birth parents and prospective adoptive parents to engage in a successful adoption experience. We provide adoption facilitation of newborns.

We believe that there are many successful avenues to adoption. We respect the rights of adoptive parents and birth parents to pursue and plan the type of adoption which best suits their individual and combined needs. Our goal is to offer information, counseling, advocacy and support to all those involved in the adoption process so that each adoption is imbued with dignity, and each participant is treated with caring and respect.

Adoption Choices of Northern California is sponsored by the Women's Health Specialists Clinics which are private, non-profit community clinics licensed by the state of California. They provide family planning services to women throughout northern California. Founded in 1975, Women's Health Specialists has a strong commitment to preserving personal choice in decisions involving women's reproduction. We are proud to offer adoption information, counseling, support and advocacy through our four clinic sites.

Contact Us

Director: Marikathryn Hendrix
Phone Number: (530) 891-0302
For Birthparents: (800) 607-9200

Text Line: (530)715-8968
Fax: (530) 893-9347
Email: adoptionchoices@cawhs.org


Marikathryn Hendrix


Marikathryn has a lifetime of adoption experience as an adoptee through closed adoption and as a birthmother who placed a child through open adoption in 1993.  She has spent almost 3 decades assisting birth and adopting families through their adoptions. Marikathryn appreciates the unique value that each participant brings to the process and enjoys supporting people through their adoption journey. She has great insights and empathy for all triad members and is a co-founder of Adoption Choices of Northern California.