How to adopt a kid

Learn more about how to choose an adoption agency and what key traits of a program to look out for, from Jill Boyer, MSW, adoption and foster care expert who has working professionally in this field for over 25 years.
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In choosing an adoption agency, the family wants to identify the adoption path that they would like to take, whether it's going to be infant adoption, foster to adoption, or inter-country adoptions. And so, they're going to do a little research to find an agency that has the program that represents the path that they would like to take. After an agency has been identified, the family will want to attend at least an orientation of that agency and several agencies as a matter of fact and get some information about the longevity of that agency, the process, the fee schedule as well as meeting some of the staff and after all of that, the family is going to make a decision based on how that agency feels to them. They may also get referrals from other people that they know who have adopted as well.

Learn more about how to choose an adoption agency and what key traits of a program to look out for, from Jill Boyer, MSW, adoption and foster care expert who has working professionally in this field for over 25 years.

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Jill Boyer, MSW

Adoption & Foster Care Expert

Jill W. Boyer, MSW was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing and a Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ms. Boyer has dedicated her 25-year professional life primarily to supportive services for children and youth.

Prior to coming to Vista Del Mar Child And Family Services in 2005, Ms. Boyer has directed two post-adoption projects at The Institute for Black Parenting in Los Angeles, served as the Director of the Emergency Shelter Care Facility at Children’s Institute International in Torrance, was Acting Director of the Upward Bound Program at Harbor College, and provided and coordinated therapeutic services to families in the CALworks program.

She feels a special connection to adoption and foster care. She brings her experience to the Foster, Foster-Adopt, Domestic Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Programs at Vista, as the Community Services Program Director.

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