Founder & Executive Director, Placement Supervisor
Ms. Cindy Sarai is the Founder and Executive Director for Adoption Dreams Come True, a non-profit domestic adoption agency based in Fort Collins, Colorado. With over 28 years in the field of Social Work and 20 years in the adoption arena, her passion is clear. Her belief that every child deserves a home that is loving, safe and permanent is the foundation for the work her agency does for birth parents, adoptive parents and children. As a result of her focus, Cindy has been a part of over 500 placements of children into permanent happy homes.
Cindy created a diverse agency that was not exclusive in any aspect, but served all birth parents and adoptive families regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Cindy provides free life-time counseling for all birth parents regardless of their final choice and often meets with birth moms whom she met years ago. Adoptive family fees are based on a sliding scale, using annual income, so that adoptive families are not taken out of the adoption process based solely on income. Adoption Dreams Come True has always mirrored our diversity rich world and values the uniqueness of every client who comes through its doors.
She also recognized the need to help lower income families who choose to parent. With the help of her volunteer organization, the Dream Guild, a boutique-style baby store was created where families are treated with dignity and respect as they shop for clothing, diapers, toys and nursery supplies. This vision was the beginning of the Dream Room – a free resource for Larimer County residents who need assistance with supplies for their children ages 0 to 2. This local resource has served over 5000 children since opening in April 2008.
Cindy’s role encompasses all aspects of running her agency by providing overall management, planning and leadership and supervising caseworkers on all birth parent and adoptive family cases. She is responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices to achieve organizational goals. Cindy serves as an advocate of the agency in marketing and building partnerships with key community organizations such as Realities for Children, Planned Parenthood, and several Colorado Universities. As Exective Director, she is often serves as an educator in the community by bringing awareness of the adoption process and its impact to children and families. Cindy has spoken at local high schools, CSU, Denver University MBA classes, and done in-service sessions at hospitals and clinics throughout Colorado.
The agency has established a strong business relationship with the Colorado Department of Corrections who are significant contributors to the annual fundraiser by donating products handmade by the inmates at several correctional facilities. By working with the DOC, we offer unique items for sale at our annual auction, provide a venue to showcase the products and skills of inmates in leather, metal work, woodwork and art and create a state-wide community connection with the DOC.
Her professional career also included 7 years as a caseworker for Littlest Angles International adoption agency and 8 years working for the Department of Social Services in child and adult protection in Larimer, Boulder and Garfield Counties.
Cindy has an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University. She has received awards from DSS, CAFCA, named Woman of the Year for the Mildred G Arnold Foundation in 2006 and recognized as a Woman of Vision in 2013 by Colorado Women of Influence.
Cindy Sarai is the author of Star Child!
A children's book about adoption.
Take a moment and listen to it, read, or purchase a copy!