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Elizabeth Brescia

Foster Care and Adoption Resource Specialist

Adoption Exchange Association

Elizabeth Brescia offers a much-needed service to people on the front lines helping children find adoptive and foster families.

As a foster care and adoption resource specialist at Adoption Exchange Association, she helps case managers and parents meet challenges they face trying to help children seeking a home. Most of her work involves school-aged children in U.S. foster care.

She advises case managers seeking prospective families, parents who want to learn more about helping children heal from trauma and more.

“These children have so many strengths, and they belong in families forever through adoption,” she said.

Brescia, 33, has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She found her calling shortly after moving to Baltimore. She got a job at an adoption-from-foster care agency and found that the work spoke to her.

She also is a volunteer on the finance committee and the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah.