Founded in 2012, Forever Bound Adoption is a licensed 501(c)3 adoption agency. We are passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves a nurturing, permanent family. We serve children, birth parents and adoptive families.
Steve Sunday is founder and president of Forever Bound Adoption. He has over 40 years of experience in this field and he has a message for you. Whether you are a birth parent, an adoptive family, or an adoption advocate, he wants you to understand the commitment his organization has to helping children find permanent loving homes.
Choosing adoption will likely be the hardest choice you ever make. And, you might waiver throughout your pregnancy. However, if you truly feel that it is the best option for your child, you will become part of a strong, supportive community.
Steve Sunday has worked in the field of adoption for more than 40 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.
Karen is the glue that keeps everything in working order at Forever Bound Adoption. She is the one that helps our adoptive couples move along as they work to gather and complete required documents for their adoption. Karen is married to Steve Sunday so she has been by his side, involved with adoption, for over 40 years. When not working in the office she loves biking, running, and hiking. She loves to cook and play with her many grand kids.
Amy received a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Brigham Young University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified employee assistance professional. She worked the first twelve years of her career in Boise, Idaho as a clinical therapist and certified adoption provider. She has also spent six years working as a program manager for an adoption agency and a clinical supervisor. Amy is an adoptive mother with a commitment to teaching members of the adoption triad the importance of healthy and strong connections.
Shannon received an undergraduate degree from Utah State University and then completed her master’s degree in social work at the University of Utah. She worked for the Division of Child and Family Services as a permanency worker and completed internships at the Christmas Box House, Youth Services and LDS Family Services. Shannon worked for five years as a full-time employee of LDS Family Services managing the itsaboutlove.org website and then as the Services for Children manager for the Salt Lake office. Currently she provides options counseling to pregnant mothers and assists adoptive couples. She also provides mental health counseling and enjoys working with teens and adults.
Jared has a background in Entrepreneurship and Financial Management. He enjoys working with organizations and businesses to help them clearly define their objectives and surround those objectives with processes and systems to meet their goals.
In his spare time, he gives his time and energy to worthy causes that impact the community where he lives and loves. Some of that time is spent consulting with individuals who want to begin their dream of business ownership or are currently involved in their dream and want to take it to the next level.
He has three unique and talented children that make his heart happy that joined his family through the miracle of adoption. Each represent to him the strength and beauty of mankind and the greatest blessings from above. His hope is to elevate those with whom he associates, so take the time to let him know how he can help you.
Shareen has bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. Before leaving to raise her family, she worked as the Community Services Director for a private non-profit. She gained a great appreciation for the work of adoption agencies after her brother and his wife adopted a beautiful little girl. She hopes to help other couples find joy in building their families through adoption. She and her husband have three children.
Carrie has witnessed the miracle of adoption within multiple generations of her family. She worked for ten years at LDS Family Services before joining the FBA team. Carrie has extensive experience in the field of Interstate Compact. Additionally, she works in the Justice Court. She is passionate about doing her part to help build families. Carrie received her BS degree in Business Management from Western Governors University.
Carrie and her husband Mike have five children and six grandchildren (that number is growing). They also have a farm and raise beef cattle. It was a story of an island girl that fell in love with a Montana rancher…
Charity received her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Utah State University and her Masters in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Charity has worked in the foster care and adoption field for 15 years. She is passionate about helping families grow through adoption as well as helping birth parents feel supported and loved throughout their placement experience. Her love for adoption extends into her personal life as she and her husband are the proud parents of five children, all of whom they have adopted. She feels she has learned a lot over the years, both personally and professionally, and is very grateful for the chance to help others have the same amazing experiences.
Charity is married and a mother of five. She lives in Cache County
Natalie received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Weber State University in 2010. During her Bachelor’s degree she completed an adoption related internship at LDS Family Services and has worked in the field of adoption since. Natalie went on to complete a Master’s Degree of Social Work from The University of Utah. After becoming a Clinical Social Worker Natalie has worked with private infant adoption agencies and as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter where she advocated and recruited for children waiting in Utah’s Foster Care System.
Natalie has served as the president of United for Adoption’s Conference Committee for three years and has been active in the adoption community for 10+ years. Natalie currently facilitates an adult adoptee support group and provides adoption counseling for adoptees and expectant parents. Natalie is an adult adoptee herself and she has a passion for adoption education for all those in the adoption triad.
Brittany earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Weber State University in 2005 and she has worked as an adoption caseworker for the last eleven years. She has a passion for working with and advocating for adoptive couples and birth families. She believes every adoption is a miracle and loves the work she does. Brittany spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two children.
Pam completed her undergraduate degrees in sociology and social work from the University of Utah. For the past 11 years she worked as an adoption and birth parent caseworker for LDS Family Services, providing pre and post adoption services. She holds a special place in her heart for both the giver and the receiver within the adoption world. Pam enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her husband and family which includes five grandchildren.
Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an adoption/attachment specialist. She has been an adoption advocate for over fifteen years, providing licensed adoption services and support to birth parents, adoptive couples and adoptees. Danielle has extensive experience in teaching and educating families about openness in adoption and how to navigate an open adoption relationship. She has a private practice in St. George, Utah.
Monica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, although her husband (a BYU fan) does not appreciate when she claims this school. Monica began working as an adoption caseworker in 2006. She feels very blessed to be able to witness the miracles and selfless love that are involved in every single adoption. She aspires to one day exhibit the courage that she sees exemplified by birth parents. Monica enjoys participating in many outdoor activities, as well as watching her three boys excel in sports. She and her family reside in Davis County.
Madison has joined the Forever Bound Team and will be helping with secretarial work. She attended Brigham Young University, then graduated with a degree in cosmetology from the Paul Mitchel School Provo. She is currently working part-time doing hair and nails. Madison has a flare for design and will be helping to design business cards for our adoptive couples, among other assignments.
Mariah is excited to be a part of the Forever Bound Adoption team and enjoys helping us grow using her social media expertise. She lives in Cache County with her husband and three children. She has a passion for people that led her to become a Registered Nurse, which she does part-time. She loves that she gets to spend most of her days at home with her kids! When she’s not chasing around her little ones or dressing people’s wounds, you can find her online promoting our adoptive couple’s profiles.
Marissa is excited to be a part of Forever Bound Adoption. Marissa is a birth mother with a fun loving open adoption. She was born in Salt Lake City Utah. She’s the youngest in her family. Marissa works in the billing department at Valley Behavioral Health. She loves to help others and be there for everyone around her. Marissa loves sharing her story and helping the world see the true beauty in adoption. She jumps at any chance she gets to be helpful when it comes to anything involving adoption. Marissa is still located in the Salt Lake City area. She loves to spend time with her family and her dog. She has big plans for her future and can’t wait to get the ball rolling on her goals. She loves trying new things and being adventurous. She’s a very open-minded free-spirit who loves adoption and to be there for those around her.
Matt Barkdull received a bachelor’s degree in family science from Brigham Young University in 1999, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001, a post-graduate diploma in medical family therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2001, and an MBA from Western Governors University in 2016. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Since he and his wife adopted their daughter in 1999, Matt has been a staunch supporter and an enthusiastic cheerleader for adoption. His enthusiasm for adoption took him from agency-level direct practice to corporate-level, program management service. Matt strongly believes that healthy family connections are deeply rooted in clear, transparent communication, respect, a powerful sense of purpose and identity, and undeviating trust. He has seen these qualities made manifest when the adoption triad is interlocked and grounded in the best of interest of a child. Miracles happen when out of trial and hardship come love and hope.
Mackenzie recently graduated from Weber State University with her bachelors degree in social work. While in her senior year, she interned with Forever Bound for 8 months and has now become an official member of the Forever Bound family. She will be working with both adoptive couples and birth families as well as helping to train future WSU interns. She has goals to attend graduate school and obtain her MSW and one day aspires to run an adoption agency. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Elise has her bachelor’s degree in social work from Weber State University. Prior, she was an intern for Forever Bound Adoption for 8 months. She enjoys working with birth parents and adoptive couples and helping them through their adoption journey. She has been interested in adoption since hearing a presentation about it in kindergarten. She aspires to continue working in adoption in the future. She also has experience in ABA therapy with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has found that working with this population is very rewarding. She enjoys playing with her cat, traveling with her husband, playing board games, and listening to live music.
Melisa holds a Master of Professional Communication degree from Weber State University. She works in media coordination and is a writer by nature, but happily serves as our website manager. She enjoys managing the Forever Bound site because she feels “…the work being done here is important, it means something. It feels good to be a part of that.” She enjoys, reading, music, travel, and spending time with her family and friends.