Education • Stories • Advocacy


Hello! I’m Sierra Dawn McClain, a curious, empathetic, solutions-focused journalist. My work centers around vulnerable populations who are often left out of the mainstream narrative. In 2015, I qualified to the NFA’s National Championship for my speech on adoption. For three years, I was a site director for Campus Life, an international nonprofit serving at-risk youth—including many children in foster care. I’m excited to use this blog to continue educating about adoption and foster families, cultivating empathy and building bridges between communities.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Oregon. Now, I am pursuing my master’s degree in journalism at the UO SOJC, and I’m excited to keep producing creative content that makes an impact.

I live on a sustainable conservation farm in Eugene, Oregon. In my free time, I enjoy mountain climbing, ballroom dancing, oil painting landscapes in the wilderness and playing my piano. I would love to meet you. If you would like to chat about your work or mine (or have your adoption story featured), please don’t hestitate to contact me.