UFA Advisory Board
Steven A. Sunday - Chair
Steve has worked in the field of adoption for more than 35 years as a caseworker, supervisor and administrator. He is the founder and executive director of Forever Bound Adoption and is the founder of and adviser to United For Adoption, the national adoption advocacy support organization.
After graduating with his MSW in 1981 from Arizona State University, he has worked professionally in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma and Utah.
Steve was the project lead on the award winning Adoption, It’s About Love television and radio commercials in partnership with Bonneville Communications. He is a passionate advocate for the needs of children world-wide. In 2009 he was appointed to the board of directors for the National Council for Adoption. In addition, Steve served on the board of directors for the Foster Care Foundation for the State of Utah between 2009 – 2017. Steve was named the adoption “Professional of the Year” for 2013 by the Utah Adoption Council.
Reflecting on his life’s work, Steve commented that it has been one of the choicest blessings in his life to be associated with the great work of caring for children and building families. Steve and his wife Karen have seven children and many grandchildren.
Susan serves as clinical faculty and Regional Campus Master of Social Work Program Coordinator at Utah State University. She is passionate about improving the welfare of children, strengthening families, and promoting human healing through direct social work practice, research, and systems change. Her special interests include adoption, foster care, and the prevention of child abuse. She was adopted as an infant and her husband Jim are the parents of six children, including twins who joined their family via foster care adoption.
Kathy Searle, MSW
Senior Director of Programs
The Adoption Exchange
Kathy has worked in the field of adoption for over 25 years, with experience in international, private and special needs adoption. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Utah office of The Adoption Exchange. She also works part-time as a therapist at Wellspring Child & Family Counseling. She is passionate about finding homes for children waiting in foster care and providing services to families after adoption. She has served on various boards and presented at many conferences on a variety of topics. Kathy and her husband Ned are the parents of 11 children. Eight of their children joined their family through adoption.
Lance D. Rich, JD
Lance is a shareholder at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City, Utah and is licensed to practice law in Utah and Wyoming. Lance handles mainly adoption cases for adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption agencies. Having adopted three children, Lance has a personal as well as a professional perspective on the adoption process. Lance graduated from the University of Michigan Law School where he was a Bergstrom Fellow and executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Utah. Lance is an active proponent of adoption and serves on boards of directors for United for Adoption, Utah Foster Care, and the Utah Adoption Council. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and serves as the chair of the Academy’s agency committee. Lance has been a frequent presenter on a variety of adoption topics for conferences and seminars sponsored by organizations such as the Utah State Bar, the Utah Adoption Council, the National Business Institute, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the International Society of Family Law.
Liesl Einerson, LCSW
Liesl has her Masters of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah. She has worked extensively with birthparents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. She worked as the Adoption Program Administrator for Children’s Service Society of Utah and has served as a post adoption therapist, adoptive parent counselor, as well as expectant parent counselor. She has facilitated adoption education and support groups. Liesl has a certificate in advanced therapy with foster and adoptive families, is EMDR trained, and is certified in Trust Based Relational Therapy by Dr. Karyn Purvis of The Connected Child.
She is a transracial adoptive sister and has experience with foster care, open adoption, special needs, international, transracial, and kinship adoption. She is a fierce advocate for ethical adoption practices. Liesl was the Utah state representative for the American Adoption Congress, and has spoken locally and nationally on adoption related topics.
She has a passion for working with all who are touched by adoption. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
Daniel Webster, CSW
Director of Foster–Adoptive Recruitment
Utah Foster Care
While completing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Utah, Dan came to Utah Foster Care as an intern with a great desire to learn about child welfare and increase his abilities as a social worker. During his time as a foster/adoptive family recruiter in two regions he has seen firsthand the effectiveness of a variety of recruitment efforts across a variety of communities and populations. Since that time he has completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, coordinated Foster Parent Recruitment in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties and now, as Director, oversees all foster/adoptive family recruitment throughout the State of Utah.
For the last few years Dan has chaired a child-welfare committee aimed at improving the service delivery of the Division of Child and Family Services. He is passionate about finding good homes for children in care and considers it a privilege to work in such a great cause.
Other work experience includes substance abuse recovery and as a social worker and chaplain with a local hospice agency. When not working in the job he loves, Dan enjoys cycling, racquetball, rowing, never-ending yard work, volunteering through his church and spending time with his family.
Allison Sheffield, SSW
Children's Service Society of Utah
Allison Sheffield is a licensed Social Service Worker (SSW) and graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in family life education. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner through Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross of The Connected Child. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. Allison came to Children’s Service Society as an intern and started working shortly after that in the Grandfamilies children’s group. She then worked as a Parent Educator in the Parents in Action home visitation program. As she has worked in all three of the Support Service programs, Allison has enthusiasm for the services that Children’s Service Society provides supporting families and caregivers in Utah.
As the Adoption Specialist at Children’s Service Society she has worked extensively with adoptive parents as well as working with expectant parents and clients in the connections program. She has experience with domestic infant adoptions, foster care adoptions, open adoption, special needs, international, transracial, and kinship adoption. She has also facilitated support groups for Adoptive Parents, Adult Adoptees, and Birth Parents. She is an advisory board member for United for Adoption. Allison is passionate about advocating for ethical adoption services as well as providing support for families in the adoption community throughout their entire adoption process and post adoption.
In her spare time, Allison loves playing with her two young children, being outdoors, camping, and watching movies.