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Joan Hadersbeck,
Executive Director

218 S. Main St.
Rockford, MI 49341

Sheri Schmidt,
Social Work Supervisor



Mary and David:

“We have worked with Adoption Advocates since 1999. We have worked with the same social worker for six out of seven of our international adoptions (China, Russia and Taiwan). Our social worker is friendly, efficient and accurate, and we have highly recommended her services to numerous other families exploring International Adoption. She's more than just our social worker, she has become part of the family!"

Reid & Lori:

“Adoption Advocates has been a wonderful resource throughout our entire adoption journey. Our social worker expertly guided us through the process from our initial education classes through post placement with professionalism and compassion. We are using Adoption Advocates for our second adoption and will enthusiastically recommend them to any couple wishing to become an adoptive family.”

Bob & Jennifer:

“We have had the privilege of working with Adoption Advocates to complete two home studies. Our social worker was highly efficient and organized as well as warm and reassuring. All of the qualities you are looking for when going through such an over-whelming and intimidating process. She is simply top-notch. By the end of the process, you will view your social worker as part of the family! We highly recommend Adoption Advocates.”

Jason & Andrea:

“Adoption is an intimidating and uncertain process for most.  We were very fortunate to find Adoption Advocates.  Our case worker made our adoption process much easier for us. Her gentle manner put us at ease immediately.  During her initial evaluation, she provided us with direction in areas of the adoption process we needed.  We attended a training session conducted by our social worker that seemed extremely helpful at the time, but in hindsight, was a life saver.  The information we received was invaluable.  Our post-placement visits have been wonderful, too. Our social worker spends time with our son, Jake, and has been a continual resource for us from tips on parenting to forms that helped us afterward.  We will definitely use Adoption Advocates again for our upcoming adoption and we highly recommend them.” 

Brenton & Alexandra:

“Our experience with Adoption Advocates was very positive. Our social worker was an experienced and knowledgeable professional. She put us at ease and made the home study a positive and educational experience. The adoption process can be overwhelming. Having an experienced, knowledgeable, and responsive social worker on our side was great. Adoption Advocates was very responsive, particularly with providing us the numerous updates and revisions that are often required in the international adoption process. We highly recommend Adoption Advocates!”


“It is really important to select a home study agency which is very pro-active and responsive to your needs when you are preparing for an adoption.  The professional staff at Adoption Advocates is experienced, knowledgeable and willing to go that extra mile throughout the adoption process to help you realize your adoption dreams.  I would highly recommend this home study agency to all prospective adoptive families.”

Jeff & Sue:

"We used Adoption Advocates for our homestudy. We found our social worker to be very prompt in returning calls, extremely organized and most of all, very caring and compassionate about the babies and hildren that she helps to find forever homes. We would highly recommend their services."

Jean & Adrian:

“In coming to the decision to adopt our daughter from China, we did a lot of research on adoption agencies and agencies with which to do our home study.  We had no idea of the process, the necessary qualifications, or the many hours and hours of paperwork that would be required.   Once we found our adoption agency, we were given a list of agencies that could conduct our home study.  With one contact to Adoption Advocates, we were comfortable with what information we were presented and set up the first of several home visits.  Within the first minute or two of meeting our social worker, we knew we had selected the right agency!  She made us feel very relaxed and within the first few minutes of the interview, we felt comfortable in talking and sharing our dreams, our fears and our personal thoughts and opinions. Our social worker is very reliable and always prompt in getting back to us with information and answers to our questions.   Recently, she revisited us to update our home study.  With all of the uncertainty with the current extended wait times in China, she spent hours with us and helped ease our minds, giving us a renewed vision that we will one day have our child home. We are so excited to know that she will be coming to visit once we do!

For anyone looking to adopt, we highly recommend Adoption Advocates!  They have been most professional, reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy in working with us.” 

Sam & Cari:

“In 2004, my husband and I already had three biological children and felt that God was urging us to pursue the adoption of our baby girl from China. Personally, I was very nervous about the whole home study process, because my impression of social workers were from the media which usually involved them taking children from their homes and into state custody. We did not have any close family members or friends that had ever adopted a child. Within minutes of meeting with our social worker from Adoption Advocates, I felt at ease with her warm personality. Her passion to place children with forever families was evident from the first meeting and throughout the entire process. I respect her professionalism and cherish her knowledge and encouragement regarding adoption. If we decide to adopt again, we would be honored to the same social worker for our home study. It's been over two years since we traveled to China and brought Cali home. Adoption is a wonderful thing. Our daughter has blessed our family with so much laughter and cherished memories.”

Michael & Kim:

Adoption Advocates proved to be an invaluable resource as we started our adoption process. Our social worker was extremely pleasant to work with, having all the requisite qualities one would expect for such a grave and noble pursuit as assisting families with adoption .Professionalism, combined with kindness, honesty, discernment and experiential wisdom were always on display throughout the course of our relationship. We would highly recommend Adoption Advocates to anyone pursuing adoption.

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