Connecting Hearts

Amy Imber 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.  She has time and time again seen how powerful and amazing adoption can be.  Amy lives in Orlando with her husband Jeff and their two boys, Sam and Max.  In her free time, Amy enjoys rollercoasters, 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 and the National Association of Social Workers.


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 since 1985. 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 the mom of two teenagers 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.

Judy Hefren

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. 


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


Due prior to home visit, with initial application

Domestic Home Study


Due at Home Visit

Study Update


Due at Home Visit

Post Placement*


Due Each Visit to Your Home

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