About Us
Co-Director and Birth Mother Coordinator: Sara Deaterla
Co-Director and Agency/Outreach Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly
Founder: Kelly Gove
While Kelly no longer has an active role in Special Angels Adoption we do honor her for what she has started here.

After seeing several adoptive families hoping to adopt special needs babies being turned away by adoption agencies because the agencies rarely had special needs situations and several birth families turned away because the agencies didn't have families hoping to adopt special needs, Kelly determined that a solution had to be found. That is how Special Angel Adoptions (formally Special Needs Infant Adoption) was born. Since its creation in 2008, many loving families have been created through the connections made here.
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For immediate service          Birth families call/text Sara at 740-395-3097         Agencies call/text Jennifer at 256-452-9504
Sara Deaterla serves as Co-Director, Parent Coordinator, and Lead Social Worker for Special Angels Adoption. She is a licensed social worker and certified teacher. Sara has worked in the adoption field for many years. Her compassion and sincerity lend to her ability to serve birth and adoptive parents well.

Sara and her husband, Mike, have seven children and 3 grandchildren. Their three youngest children were adopted via private domestic adoption, international adoption, and a foster care system adoption and all have some degree of special needs.

In 2012, their youngest daughter, Marlee, developed a nearly lethal case of pancreatitis. Doctors believed her chance of survival was minimal, yet Marlee surprised them at every turn. Her recovery was nothing short of a genuine miracle. Sara and Mike attributed her recovery to what they lovingly call the “Marlee Factor”. Her extended hospital stay and astonishing recovery inspired them to start a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping families of children with special needs. The Marlee Factor Foundation serves families all throughout Ohio by assisting with gas and food for doctor’s appointments, the purchase of specialized mobility equipment, and raising awareness for the special needs community.

Sara’s combined personal experiences with adoption and parenting children with special needs make her a tremendous asset to Special Angels Adoption.
Jennifer Kelly serves as Co-Director, Agency Coordinator, and Media Coordinator for Special Angels. Jennifer received her Masters of Science degree in Biology from Jacksonville State Alabama. She has worked in higher education or medical fields all of her adult life. Jennifer’s specialized training and experience helps Special Angels navigate the medical and logistical needs of our families. She is also able to provide appropriate education on medical topics and special needs adoption to families, agencies, attorneys, etc.

Jennifer and her husband, David, have adopted all their children. All of their adoptions have been private domestic adoptions but it was their second adoption, a daughter, that first introduced them to special needs adoption. David and Jennifer were matched with Joy Elizabeth Nissa Kelly prior to her birth in October 2012, knowing that she would be born with a severe congenital heart defect caused by a genetic condition known as 22q. Joy’s first heart surgery proved more complex than anyone expected and she nearly died at just 4 weeks old. However, Joy received a miraculous healing so tremendous her story went viral. David and Jennifer were blessed with another 13 months with Joy before she passed away in December 2013. The light, faith, and JOY their daughter brought into their lives inspired David and Jennifer to look for ways to give back to the special needs adoption community. They hope that the work done through Special Angels Adoption honors the gift their daughter was to them.

Jennifer’s passion for honoring her daughter’s memory, extensive training, and scientific mindset allows Special Angels Adoption to provide a truly unique service in the adoption community.
Joy                                  and                                  Marlee
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