About Us

Our staff

We would like to introduce you to our amazing staff here at West Sands Adoptions!

Kent Parke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of West Sands Adoptions, with over 30 years of experience in adoption. He oversees every aspect of our agency and ensures that every child being placed and every family adopting has a positive and rewarding experience.


Lynn Parke graduated in Social Work and is our Associate Director. Working alongside her husband, she has seen and been involved in all aspects of adoption. She ensures that each family feels welcome and hopes the families feel the love for each child and family that West Sands helps unite.


Sheila Hunter will become a great friend while helping your family with court, immigration processes, and bringing your child home. Having great knowledge of the inter-country adoption she can connect with families and their progress. She truly has unconditional love for the orphaned children of the world.


Trina Parke will be by your side from start to finish with the China Program. She is very dedicated to the China and Special Needs Programs. She works closely with USCIS and is a specialist in immigration and Hague law. She loves working with our amazing families helping them complete the adoption process.



Koni McGregor will assist you through the process after your Dossier has been submitted. She will be here to answer all of your questions during your wait and will assist you with updating your paperwork if needed. She will provide guidance throughout your entire adoption process.  Koni loves the children and knowing she helps children find their forever families gives her great joy!



Jennifer Wood will be helping you from the very beginning and throughout your entire Homestudy and Dossier process. Jennifer will assist you with preparation of  all your documents and will personally get them ready to send to the country you are adopting from. Jennifer will be a huge help with all those things you just don’t understand! Jennifer’s work is accurate and very detail oriented.


Jenn Drysdale is our morning Administrative Assistant, China PAR Coordinator and Inter-Agency Coordinator. Jenn will likely be your first contact with West Sands. She is very friendly and makes all families feel welcome. Working closely with the international Programs she can answer many of your questions or find the answer for you. Her passion for helping complete families stems from her own experiences.




Jordin Wisecup is our afternoon Administrative Assistant and PAR Coordinator. Jordin will help educate you on what to do after your child comes home. Her cheerful voice on the other end of the phone will come to be a familiar and comforting one. She understands the struggles families face after placement and is here to ensure you have all the support and resources you need.


Our Board of Directors include:

Andrew Wariner, Esq. Chairman of the Board

Paul Wadley, CPA Secretary/Treasurer

Teri Wariner

Tyalee Pendleton, BS

Todd Pendleton

Diane Jennings, M.Ed

Algeen Graff

Catherine Graff

Mel Farnsworth, LCSW

Renee Farnsworth

Ryan Parke

Memberships and Accreditation

West Sands Adoptions is:

  • Hague Accredited
  • A member of Utah Adoption Council
  • A member of Southern Utah Adoption Coalition

Our Beliefs

Over 15 years ago West Sands Adoptions, a licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit child placing agency in Utah, was established with the following core beliefs: We are all children of a kind and loving Heavenly Father and every orphaned child deserves a loving family through the gift of adoption. We believe that loving families include a mother and father, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. We believe every child needs to be loved, cherished, and well cared for.

We believe that loving families have the right to bless the lives of orphaned children and to increase or complete their families through adoption. We believe West Sands Adoptions has the responsibility to provide extremely reliable and very high quality adoption services to families at the lowest possible cost. We believe that adopting a child should be a very positive and happy experience.

Who We Are

Our dedicated and professional staff members in China and Ethiopia are the very finest. Each staff member is trained to ensure that your child is getting the best care. The love they share for the children is multiplied when able to place the child in the arms of a family who will love and care for them.

We hope you enjoy working with our staff here at West Sands and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

At your request, West Sands Adoptions will gladly make available the following information: (a) the number of our adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided; and (b) the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on the last three calendar years. West Sands Adoptions places “Waiting Children” through China’s program of adoption for special needs and waiting children. However, we do not have our own list of waiting children at this time. Parents who apply for adoption through programs with West Sands Adoptions will not be referred a child for placement until a child becomes available through the appropriate Central Authority in the child’s country of origin.

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