About

Our Story.
 Our Mission.

Our MISSION is to provide competent and compassionate adoption services to birth parents, prospective adoptive parents, and children needing a forever family.

Adoption by Shepherd Care was founded in 1980 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency. Our main program areas include:

  • Comprehensive services to expectant parents making an adoption plan
  • Domestic Adoption Services
  • An international program in Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
  • Other services including domestic and Hague-approved international home studies, post-adoption supervision, and pre-arranged adoption services

As we approach our 40th year as an agency, we celebrate the thousands of families and birthparents we have been privileged to serve.  We look forward to many more years to come!

Compassion

We are committed to expressing God’s love through the services we provide.  We work with individuals and families of all faith backgrounds, but it is no secret that we are motivated by our Christian faith.

Respect

We respect the dignity and confidentiality of each person and the sacredness of all human life.  We realize that many people who come to adoption bring with them some pain and struggle. We seek to treat everyone with genuine compassion and acceptance.

Competence

We are professionals who are committed to providing quality services and staying up-to-date with changes in adoption policy and practice. When adoption can be complicated and confusing, true competence, integrity, and ethical standards are invaluable.

Hague Accreditation

In April of 2008, ASC was among the first group of agencies to be accredited by the Council of Accreditation to work in Hague Convention cases. We have maintained our accreditation since that time. The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children. Hague accreditation ensures that agencies are in compliance with Hague Convention standards.

National Council for Adoption

ASC has been a member NCFA since 1998. NCFA was founded in 1980 as an adoption advocacy nonprofit organization. NCFA’s mission is to promote a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action.

Council on Accreditation

ASC received COA accreditation in April of 2008. COA evaluates agencies and organizations to ensure they are providing high-quality, ethical services in compliance with COA’s accreditation standards. The accreditation process involves substantial investigation of the agency by COA and an in-depth site visit to ASC’s offices.

Florida Adoption Council

ASC has been a member agency since its inception in 2001. The Florida Adoption Council is a not-for-profit association of adoption professionals, including attorneys, agencies, and social workers. FAC is dedicated to furthering and improving the adoption process within the state of Florida. Members of FAC are heavily involved in adoption legislation and lobby for better adoption laws.

Our Team

Kira Swihart

Kira Swihart

Birth Mother Counselor

Kira serves as ASC’s main birth mother counselor in South Florida office. She provides adoption counseling & education to birth mothers making an adoption plan. She assists birth mothers with their financial, medical, grocery, and housing needs during their pregnancy. She assists them on setting goals and direction of their life after placing their child for adoption.

Kristie Jones

Kristie Jones

Birth Mother Counselor

Kristie works with birth mothers in our Central Florida Office. Kristie is energetic and loves working with women facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing emotional and practical support.

Angela Knapp

Angela Knapp

Supervisor

Angela serves as ASC’s Home Study & Post Adoption Supervisor. She prepares the prospective adoptive parents prior to adopting and works with them after adopting to make sure everyone is adjusting. Angela has a unique perspective in preparing couples because not only does she do home studies, but she has 2 wonderful boys through adoption.

Terri Maikkula

Terri Maikkula

Supervisor

Terri came to ASC in January 2007 after working over 15 years in crisis pregnancy centers. Terri serves as ASC’s Orlando Supervisor and as ASC’s Canadian Program Coordinator. She truly has a heart for women who choose adoption for their child.

Martha del Castillo

Martha del Castillo

Supervisor

Martha serves as ASC’s Colombia representative in Bogota, Colombia. She represents ASC to ICBF to maintain ASC’s accreditation. She has the families at all appointments on time and with all appropriate documents. She coordinates with the attorneys in Colombia so that all adoptions are processed legally and in a timely manner.  

Marilyn Woolard

Marilyn Woolard

Coordinator

Marilyn has served in many capacities for ASC during her 14 years with the agency. Currently, Marilyn serves as ASC’s receptionist. She coordinates with Medicaid, Social Security, Florida Office of Vital Statistics, completes legal packets for ASC’s attorney, coordinates all appointments for the staff on a master calendar, and communicates with families and birth mothers regarding their exchange agreements.

Claudia Martinez

Claudia Martinez

International Coordinator

Claudia serves as ASC’s International Program Coordinator for the Honduras, Jamaica, & Colombia programs. She helps couples through the entire process of being prepared to adopt a child from Colombia. Claudia coordinates with ASC’s representative in Colombia to make sure all paperwork is complete and ready to present to all officials while the family is in the country. When the family returns home she will meet with them to make sure everyone is adjusting.

Heidi Morgia

Heidi Morgia

Counselor

Heidi works with couples to complete their home study and educate families on a variety of adoption topics and issues. Heidi works with birth mothers assisting them through the adoption process. She meets with adoptees to answer questions they may have regarding their adoption.

Trey Miller, P.A.

Trey Miller, P.A.

Attorney

Trey has represented ASC for over 13 years. He does all the filings, Termination of Parental Rights, and Finalizations. He prepares the families to appear in court to finalize their adoption. Trey represents the agency when there is an Intervention case. He trains the staff on current cases and provides updates to all changes in Florida’s adoption statutes.

Santiago Ospina

Santiago Ospina

Administrative Assistant

Santiago assists in many capacities for ASC. He provides information to everyone inquiring about ASC’s services. He helps the birth mother counselors by taking girls to doctor’s appointments, moving them, and taking them to the grocery store. Santiago also helps with ASC’s Google campaigns and maintenance of the website.

Mike Cardenas

Mike Cardenas

Financial Manager

Mike is the Financial Manager for ASC. He prepares all invoices for families and vendors. He assists with the preparation of annual taxes, financial reports, and budgets.

Nidia Sica

Nidia Sica

Director

Nidia serves as Director of Social Services and the International Programs Director. She supervises home study staff to ensure all prospective adoptive parents are prepared to adopt. She works with birth mother counselors to make sure they are thoroughly prepared. She meets with the Government representatives of the countries ASC is approved in to make sure all information and the adoption process is current and accurate.

Joe

Joe

Executive Director

Joe has served as Executive Director of ASC since July 2001. He is responsible for the vision, direction, and development of ASC. He oversees the daily operations including social services provided, vendors, finances, and the Board of Directors. He believes the mission of Adoption by Shepherd Care is to serve birthparents and adoptive families with competence, compassion, and passion.

ADOPTION by

Shepherd Care

Awarded Florida Adoption Agency

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