Who We Are

Amy Imber, Director

Amy is the Executive Director of Connecting Hearts Adoption Services.  Amy has worked in the adoption field with both children and families since 1996.  For more than 20 years, she has been privileged to be a small part of countless adoption journeys.  In 2008, Amy founded Connecting Hearts Adoption and has been helping people become parents in Florida ever since! Amy lives in Orlando with her husband Jeff and their two boys, Sam and Max.  In her free time, Amy enjoys roller coasters, cheering her kids on while playing sports, reading and boating.

Connecting Hearts Adoption Services is an honored recipient of the Human Rights Campaign’s Seal of Recognition. Connecting Hearts is also proud to be associated with the Florida Adoption Council, Central Florida’s Better Business Bureau, helpusadopt.org and the National Association of Social Workers.

MEET THE TEAM

Susan Bishop

Social Worker

Susan has worked in the adoption field for over a decade. She has extensive experience working with adoptive families and birth/expectant parents. Susan is able to give her clients the tools they need to make good decisions in the adoption process. She leaves her clients feeling prepared and ready for their adoption journey. Susan is married and has two young children who keep her on the go! Susan and her family make Tampa Bay their home.

Alice Kelley

Social Worker

Alice has been working with families and children for more than 30 years! Her counseling background and experience helps her clients feel relaxed when she comes to their home. When Alice leaves your home, you know you have an advocate in your corner. She brings compassion and enthusiasm to her work…which is evident to our clients who have the privilege of working with her. Alice lives in Fort Lauderdale where she loves the beach and enjoys spending time with her family.

Kathleen Stevens

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kathleen has lived in Jacksonville for almost 30 years and has 20+ years of adoption experience. She has a passion for adoption that is present when she visits with her clients. Kathleen’s personal experience makes others feel at ease and comfortable. Her support to those she works with is unwavering. Kathleen is married and the mom of two young adults who make sure life is never dull!

Judy Hatfield

Social Worker

Judy has been working with families and children for more than a decade. Her experience in the public and private sector make Judy an asset to all the families she is honored to work with.  Judy is passionate about seeing families come together through the adoption process.  She and her husband have four adult children and make Lakeland their home.  Judy enjoys taking their German Shepherd out for walks as well as bicycling around the lake.

Tara Griffith

Social Worker

Tara’s career began in adoption ten years ago working with families and expectant parents.  She has a unique perspective as she was adopted when she was 11 years old.  As well, Tara is a birth mother to a beautiful 12 year old girl. Tara’s experience allows for her clients to feel at ease knowing that she understands adoption from many different angles. Tara makes Jacksonville home where she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

Judy Hefren

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Judy has made Tallahassee her home for over 35 years.  As both a foster and adoptive parent, her passion is to see families grow and be healthy.  Judy’s personal experience helps her clients feel comfortable, knowing she understands.  Judy remains available to her adoptive families as long as they need her and loves to receive updates!  Judy and her dogs enjoy camping retreats in order to relax and get away from time to time.

Stacey Levine

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Adoption work is most certainly Stacey’s passion!  She has spent the last 22 years working in the field.  Stacey understands the stress and excitement that go hand-in-hand with making an adoption plan.  Her goal is always to make families feel supported and at ease during the home study process and through the post placement period.  Stacey lives in Hollywood with her husband and is the mom of three daughters. 

HOME STUDY FEES

There are several fees associated with your home study. Your family may be eligible for the Adoption Tax Credit. We strongly recommend that you speak with your tax advisor to determine if you are eligible for this benefit.

Application Fee

$100

Due prior to home visit, with initial application

Domestic Home Study

$1,000

Due at Home Visit

Study Update

$500

Due at Home Visit

Post Placement

$250

Due Each Visit to Your Home

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