Open Your Heart to a Child ~ Adopt!
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The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

Amanda, Mitchell, Oksana and Anthony Way

In 2005, the Way family had a vision of starting an adoption agency that would focus on the needs of adoptive parents who were going through the adoption process. It was their desire to provide education, training and support for these families so that the lives of the children who they adopted would be forever positively altered. The Ways knew that adoption is not for the faint at heart, it requires courage, organization, a release of control and patience and they wanted to help families navigate the sometimes rocky road of the adoption journey. It was through their own experiences with adoption, then and now, that they have come to realize the importance of support for the adoptive family in making the life of a child a success. So in 2005, they set out on a journey to start an adoption agency. At the beginning, Amanda, a licensed social worker, completed home studies and post-placement reports for families adopting internationally and then expanded to provide home study services to families working with Child Protective Services. Later as the agency grew, services were expanded to include programs in domestic and CPS adoptions as well as assisting families who were adopting relatives. Since 2005, Adoption Priorities, Inc. has completed more than 4000 homestudies for CPS and helped almost 200 families complete private adoptions by providing a variety of services in their adoption process including the homestudy, adoption education,matching and referrals of children, post-placement monitoring and more.

Adoption Priorities, Inc (API) was founded based on the principles of providing consistent and ethical adoption practices to families and children. Assisting with the placement for a child through  adoption is one of the most rewarding endeavors one chooses to make in life and it is important to be able to trust the agency assisting you in the process.We, at Adoption Priorities, Inc., have dedicated our life's work to assisting families through the adoption process and hope in doing so that they may have cherished memories of the beginning of a remarkable journey.

Amanda Way, MLS, LBSW, LCPAA Founder & President

API’s founder, Amanda Way began her professional adoption experience in 1996 as a caseworker for Children’s Protective Services in San Antonio, TX. During this time, she worked with abused and neglected children in the foster care system to find permanent homes for them. Amanda worked with approximately 900 families to try to resolve the issues that brought the children to the attention of CPS. After six years of dedication to the US foster care system, Amanda decided to apply her knowledge to the area of international adoption. For nearly four years, she served as the Executive Director of an international placing agency assisting over 200 families through the entire adoption process, from application to post-placement! However, her real experience with adoption began when she and her husband adopted two children from Russia!! Their first adoption was of a special needs child and the second adoption was of an older child. These two adoptions have left her with a more realistic perspective of the adoption experience than most professionals. She understands the emotional rollercoaster and financial investment  adoptive parents make when adopting a child. Amanda can be reached at

Mitchell Way, BA, Director of Development and Compliance


Mitchell ensures that API complies with our state contracts and works to develop our programs and fundraising projects. He has a degree in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies and has worked for many years in corporate business. Mitchell is the father of two adopted children from Russia. Mitchell has a passion for helping people, especially children without families. Mitchell can be reached at

Brenda Carter, Office Manager

Brenda is an experienced Dossier Manager who has completed dossiers for many different countries. She has a meticulous attention to detail and is very efficient in completing complex paperwork requirements. Brenda is also in charge of keeping our office running smoothly! When relaxing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren who were adopted! Brenda can be reached at


Adoption Priorities, Inc. also contracts with independent social workers in the state of Texas to complete homestudies for our clients. API works in all areas of Texas and can assist your family!