Where did you grow up and what did you like about it?
I was born in Connecticut, where I have tons of cousins and extended family. We were never in short supply of a huge family gathering rich in family traditions. When I was eleven, we moved to Florida. At first, I was not at all pleased to have to move and leave my family and friends. Not long after being in Florida, we made friends that truly felt like family. Florida became home. And the beaches aren’t so bad either.
Cat or dog?
I love both! Cats are hilarious but can be sassy. Dogs are adorable, fun and loyal but can be messy!
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream and your earliest memory of first having it?
I go through phases; lately I have been enjoying peach ice cream, but I always go back to Neapolitan — you know, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I have fond memories of enjoying Neapolitan ice cream with my grandfather!
Why adoption? Why do you dedicate yourself to it?
I kind of fell into adoption after graduate school. Although it is not surprising that it struck a chord with me seeing as though my family and I were “adopted” by our Florida ‘family’ after moving here. AND my grandmother had a way of unofficially “adopting” nearly everyone she met. I soon found myself utterly dedicated and passionate about helping people through their adoption journey.
What’s your favorite adoption experience?
There are so many beautiful stories that I have witnessed unfold over the years. Each one is magical and special in its own way. Being a part of bringing together a family and a birth mother and watching their relationship grow and watching the trust grow between them is awe-inspiring.

I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing team and that I get to play a role in helping both birth families and adoptive families navigate their adoption story. Having counseled children who have been adopted, I also love educating prospective adoptive parents on what adoption looks like as a lifelong journey for the child and the family as a whole.

If you were in charge of the world, what’s one thing you’d do to make it a better place?
(Singing) “If I could chaaange the world!” If there was one thing I could do to make the world a better place, I would change the fact that so many people tend to judge others quickly without having a clue. You never know what someone else is going through. You never know the struggles and challenges that person is facing or what they have overcome in their lifetime. If everyone was more understanding and kind — to others AND to themselves — the world would be a much happier, more peaceful place.

 

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Author: Destiny Adoption Services

Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.