About Us

celeste liversidge
Founder

Attorney Celeste Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Celeste earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. Celeste is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of adoption-related issues.

Shadalene Villaluz
Marketing Coordinator

As Content Marketing Coordinator, Shadalene helps spread the vision of TruAdopt through the blog, social media, and design. She is passionate about using her creativity in furthering TruAdopt’s mission to advocate for birthparents in the adoption space. Prior to TruAdopt, Shadalene worked in editorial and marketing roles at companies like ELLE and Cooking.com.

MEGHAN HARRIS
Legal Assistant

Meghan is passionate about advocating for women and children and has a heart for the legal and emotional process of adoption. She is currently studying psychology at California State University Los Angeles, is a certified Notary Public, professional dancer, and has a desire to attend law school in the near future. She is enthusiastic about her work and grateful for the opportunity to assist clients in their adoption journey.

jill cucullu
Attorney

After graduating valedictorian from Pepperdine School of Law, Jill served as the founding director of Pepperdine’s Legal Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission. There she met Celeste Liversidge, who volunteered her family law expertise to the clinic. The two were a fit and when Jill resigned from the Mission to have her first child she joined Celeste at Adoption Law Group. Jill and her husband now have six children – four through birth and two through adoption. After taking a few years’ pause to focus on family, she has resumed her adoption law career.

Emily Kampen
Director of Marketing

With a background in creative direction and brand marketing, Director of Marketing Emily Kampen oversees the branding of Tru Adopt and its promotion to the overall public and those within the adoption industry. She has her Postgraduate degree in Creative Direction from the University of the Arts London and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from FIDM in Los Angeles. After working for several high fashion brands including Oliver Peoples, she decided to venture into the adoption industry in order to be a part of a company whose vision she so respects. Her passion for open adoption and communication amidst the adoption triad is a result of her being a birth mother herself. Her goal is to reach those in the industry and those with a heart for adoption.

Annelyse Thomas
Office Manager

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Annelyse earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney before moving to the United States in 2011 to get her Master in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since graduating from Fuller in 2015, she has been working in Youth Ministry as well as working at TruAdopt. She has a deep passion for young people and for helping them feel heard, valued and empowered. She is dedicated to her work in adoption and to assisting people navigate this journey.

MEGAN VOLTMER
Caseworker

Megan has always been very passionate about the field of adoption and desires to use and share her own experiences as an adoptee to impact the lives of those who have been touched by adoption. She hopes that her story will encourage and inspireothers in their own adoption journeys. Megan has a Masters in Social Work with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville and a few years of experience as a therapist working with children and families infoster care and adoption. Megan loves providing support and assistance to birth mothers as they navigate the adoption process.

TruAdopt is a full-service adoption law firm dedicated to representing expectant parents in an ethical, knowledgeable and compassionate manner.

In order to maintain the highest ethical standards, when assisting with adoption of newborn children, we only represent expectant parents who are placing a baby for adoption. TruAdopt is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt law firm.

TruAdopt is a full-service adoption law firm dedicated to representing expectant parents in an ethical, knowledgeable and compassionate manner.

In order to maintain the highest ethical standards, when assisting with adoption of newborn children, we only represent expectant parents who are placing a baby for adoption. TruAdopt is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt law firm.

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celeste liversidge
Founder

Attorney Celeste Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Celeste earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. Celeste is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of adoption-related issues.

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Jill Cucullu
Attorney

After graduating valedictorian from Pepperdine School of Law, Jill served as the founding director of Pepperdine’s Legal Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission. There she met Celeste Liversidge, who volunteered her family law expertise to the clinic. The two were a fit and when Jill resigned from the Mission to have her first child she joined Celeste at Adoption Law Group. Jill and her husband now have six children – four through birth and two through adoption. After taking a few years’ pause to focus on family, she has resumed her adoption law career.

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MEGHAN HARRIS
Legal Assistant

Meghan is passionate about advocating for women and children and has a heart for the legal and emotional process of adoption. She is currently studying psychology at California State University Los Angeles, is a certified Notary Public, professional dancer, and has a desire to attend law school in the near future. She is enthusiastic about her work and grateful for the opportunity to assist clients in their adoption journey.

 

SHADALENE VILLALUZ
Marketing Coordinator

As Content Marketing Coordinator, Shadalene helps spread the vision of TruAdopt through the blog, social media, and design. She is passionate about using her creativity in furthering TruAdopt’s mission to advocate for birthparents in the adoption space. Prior to TruAdopt, Shadalene worked in editorial and marketing roles at companies like ELLE and Cooking.com.

 

EMILY KAMPEN
Director of Marketing

With a background in creative direction and brand marketing, Director of Marketing Emily Kampen oversees the branding of Tru Adopt and its promotion to the overall public and those within the adoption industry. She has her Postgraduate degree in Creative Direction from the University of the Arts London and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from FIDM in Los Angeles. After working for several high fashion brands including Oliver Peoples, she decided to venture into the adoption industry in order to be a part of a company whose vision she so respects. Her passion for open adoption and communication amidst the adoption triad is a result of her being a birth mother herself. Her goal is to reach those in the industry and those with a heart for adoption.

 

ANNELYSE THOMAS
LOREM IPSUM

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Annelyse earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney before moving to the United States in 2011 to get her Master in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since graduating from Fuller in 2015, she has been working in Youth Ministry as well as working at TruAdopt. She has a deep passion for young people and for helping them feel heard, valued and empowered. She is dedicated to her work in adoption and to assisting people navigate this journey.

 

MEGAN VOLTMER
Caseworker

Megan has always been very passionate about the field of adoption and desires to use and share her own experiences as an adoptee to impact the lives of those who have been touched by adoption. She hopes that her story will encourage and inspireothers in their own adoption journeys. Megan has a Masters in Social Work with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville and a few years of experience as a therapist working with children and families infoster care and adoption. Megan loves providing support and assistance to birth mothers as they navigate the adoption process.

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“Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of representing hundreds of birth parents and adoptive families. In 16 years of practicing adoption law, I’ve witnessed both the beauty and the pain of adoption. While I truly love my work in adoptions, I believe there is much room for improvement in the way we do adoptions in this country. With the launch of TruAdopt, we have committed to employing best practices in each adoption process in an effort to facilitate child-centered adoptions that are both legally and ethically sound.”

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Celeste made sure me and the baby’s father had the support we needed at the end of my pregnancy and especially at the hospital. Adoption is complicated and I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without that support.

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