Special Angels Adoption

An Alternative to Consider

Project Heritage is a co-initiative of Special Angels Adoption.


We strongly believe that all children are unique, amazing, and loveable!

We help adoption agencies or families who wish to place a special needs baby or toddler and sometimes older children for adoption, find experienced and loving adoptive families. No matter what the special need, we can help you find the very best family. Our support services are completely free to everyone in the adoption triad.

We are a licensed custodial adoption agency and a special needs advocacy group that operates across the United States. We provide a way for special needs babies and adoptive families who are willing, thrilled, and highly experienced to parent children with challenges to find each other. We will help connect you to families that are home study and adoption ready for a special needs baby or toddler and sometimes older children.

Every month, we help several special needs babies and toddlers find their forever families! Our families want to adopt special needs children because they have seen the blessing that these children can be and they have the knowledge and experience to handle their unique needs.

Special Angels Adoption is part of the Marlee Factor Foundation. The Marlee Factor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are welcome.

Our Team


Sara Deaterla, LSW, MSW, MeD

Serves as Executive Director, Parent Coordinator, and Lead Social Worker for Special Angels Adoption. She is a licensed social worker and certified teacher/principal. 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.

Jennifer Kelly, M.S.

Serves as Medical 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 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.