Attorney Celeste Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Celeste earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. Celeste is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of adoption-related issues.
After graduating valedictorian from Pepperdine School of Law, Jill served as the founding director of Pepperdine’s Legal Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission. There she met Celeste Liversidge, who volunteered her family law expertise to the clinic. The two were a fit and when Jill resigned from the Mission to have her first child she joined Celeste at Adoption Law Group. Jill and her husband now have six children – four through birth and two through adoption. After taking a few years’ pause to focus on family, she has resumed her adoption law career.
Meghan is passionate about advocating for women and children and has a heart for the legal and emotional process of adoption. She is currently studying psychology at California State University Los Angeles, is a certified Notary Public, professional dancer, and has a desire to attend law school in the near future. She is enthusiastic about her work and grateful for the opportunity to assist clients in their adoption journey.
As Content Marketing Coordinator, Shadalene helps spread the vision of TruAdopt through the blog, social media, and design. She is passionate about using her creativity in furthering TruAdopt’s mission to advocate for birthparents in the adoption space. Prior to TruAdopt, Shadalene worked in editorial and marketing roles at companies like ELLE and Cooking.com.
Director of Marketing
With a background in creative direction and brand marketing, Director of Marketing Emily Kampen oversees the branding of Tru Adopt and its promotion to the overall public and those within the adoption industry. She has her Postgraduate degree in Creative Direction from the University of the Arts London and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from FIDM in Los Angeles. After working for several high fashion brands including Oliver Peoples, she decided to venture into the adoption industry in order to be a part of a company whose vision she so respects. Her goal is to reach those in the industry and those with a heart for adoption.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Annelyse earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney before moving to the United States in 2011 to get her Master in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since graduating from Fuller in 2015, she has been working in Youth Ministry as well as working at TruAdopt. She has a deep passion for young people and for helping them feel heard, valued and empowered. She is dedicated to her work in adoption and to assisting people navigate this journey.
Megan has always been very passionate about the field of adoption and desires to use and share her own experiences as an adoptee to impact the lives of those who have been touched by adoption. She hopes that her story will encourage and inspireothers in their own adoption journeys. Megan has a Masters in Social Work with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville and a few years of experience as a therapist working with children and families infoster care and adoption. Megan loves providing support and assistance to birth mothers as they navigate the adoption process.
Susan Romer’s career as an adoption lawyer makes her ideally suited to the mission of Truadopt – to provide legal and related services for pregnant women who are thinking of placing their expected child for adoption.
For more than 25 years before retiring, Susan represented adopting parents as senior and managing partner of the Bay Area law firm then known as Adams & Romer. Throughout that experience, she never lost sight of the other side, the emotional struggle and anxieties endured by birthmothers during the adoption process.
Having seen first hand how these women needed help to get back on their feet, financially and emotionally, after placing a child for adoption, Susan founded a nonprofit organization, aptly named “On Your Feet” to help them do exactly that through financial aid, scholarships, counseling and peer support.
Susan is also a co-author of an article on birthmothers that appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. The article included an in depth study sponsored by the foundation designed to identify the post placement needs of birthmothers and to evaluate the impact of the services offered by the foundation.
Susan was an active member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers as well as American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She was also honored as recipient of the congressional “Angel in Adoption” award.
Susan graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York, earned her master;s degree at Northwestern University, her Ph.D. from the University of
California, Berkeley, and law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She and her husband are a blended family of five children and nine grandchildren, one of whom joined the family through adoption.
our message to you
“Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of representing hundreds of birth parents and adoptive families. In 16 years of practicing adoption law, I’ve witnessed both the beauty and the pain of adoption. While I truly love my work in adoptions, I believe there is much room for improvement in the way we do adoptions in this country. With the launch of TruAdopt, we have committed to employing best practices in each adoption process in an effort to facilitate child-centered adoptions that are both legally and ethically sound.”
Celeste made sure me and the baby’s father had the support we needed at the end of my pregnancy and especially at the hospital. Adoption is complicated and I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without that support.