Jean Nelson-Erichsen, LSW-MA and Heino R. Erichsen, MA, founded Los Niños International Adoption Center in 1981. Since then, the agency has placed over 2,600 children. The Erichsens were already the parents of three biological sons when they adopted twin daughters in Latin America in 1973. They returned in 1983 to adopt a nine-year-old boy. They paved the way for thousands of prospective parents with their guidance, research, and written information. Their book, How to Adopt Internationally, Mesa Publishing House, is considered the ?bible? on the subject. The Erichsens continue to travel to Asian, Eastern European, and Latin American countries in order to develop or to maintain adoption programs.
Jean is the Supervisor of Social Work at the agency. She?s also the author of numerous articles in books and magazines on adoption. Heino is the Director of Development and Public Policy. Rosana N. Erichsen, BBA, one of the children in this book, is now the Executive Director.