Meet Melissa
Partnerships & Consulting Manager
I truly believe that all things happen for a reason and timing is everything.
Melissa -<br />
Partnerships & Consulting Manager
With a background in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Family and Human Development, I have spent a lot of my work life trying to support and educate adults who work with vulnerable or at-risk (or at-hope, I like to say) youth by providing training about positive relationship building, trauma-informed care, self-care, and more. I love supporting those who support others and being a part of the “village” it takes to raise children. I’m so excited to bring my experience to the table in my role as Partnerships & Consulting Manager at RG Adoption Consulting.

My adoption story is a little different, because it didn’t end in adoption…exactly.

I became a young, single, mother at 20 years old. A few years later I married the love of my life, my husband Eric. Together, we had a blended family with four beautiful children. Several years ago, with two of my children grown and out of the house, we got a call. We had been located as “kinship” to 3 babies, ages 1, 2, and 3, whom we had never met before. Turns out my husband’s family is huge and a brother’s ex-wife’s daughter (I’m not kidding) found herself in some trouble and her children were removed and in need of placement.

Without any expectation or preparation, my family and I took in these children as a kinship foster family. What was supposed to be 30 days turned into 3 years and we were eventually asked to adopt them. As much as we wanted to, we ultimately determined it was not safe for the well-being of the children.

But I believe all things happen for a reason. There was a couple we met through church friends who were looking to adopt a sibling set. They felt called to try to help in providing a home and family for siblings who would have otherwise been separated. After lots of merging and transitioning our two families, the couple eventually adopted our 3 littles. We went from foster mom and dad to “Nana” and “Tata” for the most amazing three kiddos who are absolutely thriving in their new family. I feel so blessed to have been a part of the most beautiful adoption story with the happiest ending.

Fun Facts

  • My family and I are a bunch of music junkies. You can catch us at any music concert or festival around. And we don’t discriminate about genre!
  • If you don’t like dogs, don’t ever come to my house. Our fur babies are just as much a part of the family as the kids.
  • At the beach with a cold cocktail in hand will always be my happy place. Work hard, play hard!
  • Chocolate will always be my biggest weakness. I just can’t help myself.
  • Costa Rica is my favorite travel place (so far)…and a possible retirement destination one of these days.
Melissa - Partnerships & Consulting Manager

Meet My Colleagues

Becca Gruespan, Founder and CEO of RG Adoption


Founder & CEO

Rachel - Adoption Consultant


Adoption Consultant

Devin  - Adoption Consultant


Adoption Consultant

Kate - Community Outreach Coordinator


Community Outreach Coordinator

Connie - Marketing & Communications Manager


Marketing & Communications Manager

Melissa - Partnerships & Consulting Manager


Partnerships & Consulting Manager

Luzy - Virtual Assistant


Virtual Assistant

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