Vikki Finley Announces Retirement After 22 Years

Dear Arms Wide Adoption Services family and friends,

It is bittersweet for our Board Chair, Riz Amanullah, and I to share with you my decision to retire on April 13, after 22 wonderful years with Arms Wide Adoption Services. I started planning for this transition so long ago I can hardly believe the time has arrived.

Despite this announcement being in the works for months, it is extremely difficult for me to share this news among the global pandemic of COVID-19 and current economic uncertainty. But my decision was made easier knowing there is a skilled and knowledgeable successor taking my place, an experienced and strong leadership team, a dedicated and passionate staff, and a Board of Directors firmly focused on the future of Arms Wide Adoption Services.

It has been such a privilege to serve as the President and CEO of this incredible organization.  Throughout my tenure, it has been a goal to serve with integrity, transparency, and humility. With your help, that was accomplished, and our mission to transform the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing, permanent families continues.

You have made it possible for me to retire knowing the agency is positioned for growth and the future is very bright. I will continue to lead the agency until April 13, when my successor, whom we look forward to introducing soon, begins the next chapter of our history. Transition and continuity will be the focus, given the current challenging circumstances, and I will assist with the transition in whatever role the Board chooses.

Thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me, the confidence you have shown me, and the support you have provided me with over the years. I am excited for this next chapter in my own life, and I look forward to hearing about and celebrating the continued successes at Arms Wide Adoption Services – all made possible because of your support.

With gratitude,


Vikki Finley
President and CEO



Riz Amanullah
Board Chair