Araksi Simidyan

Director of Foster Care, Adoption and Family Services


Araksi provides leadership, oversight and accountability in the foster care, adoption and family services programs, as well as ensuring that we maintain the highest level of care and support to our foster care and adoption families. With previous experience as a Department of Children and Family Services social worker, a director of St. Anne’s Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program and a human resources director at QueensCare Health Centers, Araksi brings an impressive range of skills to her role at Wayfinder. She earned her master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. She is also certified in strengths-based leadership.