Adoption Staff

ADOPTION OPTIONS - Building Families Since 1948

We offer a multifaceted statewide adoption program, focused on building healthy families and supporting all those touched by adoption.

Adoption Staff


Diane D’Agostino

Diane D’Agostino, MSW, LCSW

Director of Adoption
Diane obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has over 10 years foster care experience. Diane began working for Lutheran Social Ministries in 2011 and has worked in both the Infant and Waiting Children Programs. Diane became the Director of the program in 2013. She feels truly blessed to be working with expectant mothers and adoptive families as they navigate their adoption experience. For her, building families is a very rewarding part of her job.

Social Workers

Michelle Duff

Michelle Dodge, MSW, LCSW

Michelle graduated from Siena College with a BA in Psychology. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University with a specialization in trauma-informed treatment for children and adolescents. Michelle began working for Lutheran Social Ministries as an adoption counselor in 2014. She enjoys working with families and individuals touched by adoption and supporting them on their journey.

MaryAnn Sager

MaryAnn Sager, MSW, LSW

MaryAnn has worked in the adoption field for over 20 years. She is currently working as a consultant after being Director of the Adoption Program for 7 years. MaryAnn began working for LSMNJ as a contract worker in 1988, doing birth mother counseling and preparing homestudy reports. For 16 years, she worked for Holt International, where she facilitated over 200 adoptions from 10 different countries. She has traveled to Korea to escort children to the US to their adoptive families. Prior to her work in adoptions, MaryAnn worked as a therapist at a Women’s Health Center and as a probation officer in Middlesex County. MaryAnn obtained her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 1981.

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