Who We Are

Family Adoption Consultants (FAC) is a private, non-profit adoption and foster care agency licensed in the States of Ohio and Michigan.  More than anything else in the world, children deserve a permanent, secure and nurturing family.  Since FAC opened its doors in 1982, we have helped more than 4,500 children find their way to loving adoptive families.  The need for families is great and is even more significant when you consider that the children we serve are innocent victims in their need for the unconditional love, support and connections that only a family can provide.

FAC is a full service adoption agency, able to assist families with both domestic and international adoptions.  Families are educated and supported by experienced and trained professionals as they deal with the complexities of the adoption process, attachment difficulties and the management of special needs presented by the children placed in their homes.

FAC has established relationships with local child welfare organizations and is able to work both within our respective States, as well as throughout the United States to assist families identifying children waiting for adoption.  Additionally, our Michigan office assists children and families by providing foster care services to children in need of a safe place to live while their birth families are getting the assistance they need inorder to be able to parent effectively and safely.

Internationally, we have our own programs through both China and the Philippines.  Our administrators maintain ongoing, personal relationships with government officials and our representatives overseas.  FAC is also able to assist families interested in adoption from Korea and other Asian countries, Latin America and Eastern Europe, by coordinating services with out of State agencies.

 

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Family Adoption Consultants (FAC) is a private, non-profit adoption and foster care agency licensed in the States of Ohio and Michigan.  More than anything else in the world, children deserve a permanent, secure and nurturing family.  Since FAC opened its doors in 1982, we have helped more than 4,500 children find their way to loving adoptive families.  The need for families is great and is even more significant when you consider that the children we serve are innocent victims in their need for the unconditional love, support and connections that only a family can provide.

FAC is a full service adoption agency, able to assist families with both domestic and international adoptions.  Families are educated and supported by experienced and trained professionals as they deal with the complexities of the adoption process, attachment difficulties and the management of special needs presented by the children placed in their homes.

FAC has established relationships with local child welfare organizations and is able to work both within our respective States, as well as throughout the United States to assist families identifying children waiting for adoption.  Additionally, our Michigan office assists children and families by providing foster care services to children in need of a safe place to live while their birth families are getting the assistance they need inorder to be able to parent effectively and safely.

Internationally, we have our own programs through both China and the Philippines.  Our administrators maintain ongoing, personal relationships with government officials and our representatives overseas.  FAC is also able to assist families interested in adoption from Korea and other Asian countries, Latin America and Eastern Europe, by coordinating services with out of State agencies.Lydia

  • Hague Accredited
  • Domestic and International Adoptions
    • the ability to be approved concurrently for International and Domestic Placements
  • Foster Care Services
  • Comprehensive Services to Birth Parents
  • Pre and Post Placement Training and Support
  • Foster Care Certification
  • Searching Services

The communication and relationshps we build with our clients is of the highest priority to our staff.  The staff at FAC is here for our clients throughout the entire adoption process and beyond.  Many of our staff have experience with adoption in their personal lives and have now devoted their careers to assisting others through their adoption journey.

 

Our Beliefs and Principles…

  • We believe that every child has a right to a safe, permanent, secure family of their own.
  • We believe that adoption is a permanent commitment between the parent(s) and child.
  • We believe that a child’s best interests should be the single, most important consideration in making decisions about his/her future
  • We believe that every client is unique and should be treated as such.
  • We believe that every client has the right to make decisions about what is best for their family.
  • We believe that whenbirth parents and/or adoptive parents are involved as partnerswith the agency staff throughout the adoptive proces, both the needs of the child and the family can be met in a more productive manner.
  • We believe that education and preparation are paramount in ensuring a successful adoption experience.
  • We believe that adoption is life-long and our commitment to birth parents, children and families continues long after an adoptive placement occurs.
  • We believe in the value of adoption as a positive solution for birth parents, children and families.

OHIO OFFICE MACOMB OFFICE LIVINGSTON OFFICE

143 Gougler Ave.

Kent, OH 44240

42140 Van Dyke Ave. Suite 210

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

734 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1

Howell, MI 48843

 P: 330.296.2757  P: 586-726-2988   P:  517-615-1275
 F: 330.296.2859  F: 586-726-2599  F:  586-726-2599
     

 

Staff

Judee Genetin- Divisional Director

Amy Zauel – Director of Adoption

Brandon Hannah – Director of Foster Care and Licensing

Jackie Smigel – Ohio Domestic Program Administrator

Renee Baker – Ohio International Program Administrator


Michelle Para – Michigan Admin. Assistant                                         Julie Hocevar – Ohio Admin. Assistant

Louise Wasielewski – Adoption Specialist                                           Sherri Abbott–OH Adoption Specialist

Sheila Lipka –  Adoption Specialist                                                     Marie Dailey–OH Adoption Specialist

Stephanie Fitch –  Adoption Specialist                                              Lisa Homady–OH Adoption Specialist

Laura Francis-Bohr-  Adoption Specialist                                       Sandy Jordan–OH Adoption Specialist

Amanda Clasman – Adoption Specialist                                          Lisa Luchka–OH Adoption Specialist

Claudia Webb – Licensing Specialist                                                 Vicki Phillips–OH Adoption Specialist

Andrea Lentz – Licensing Specialist                                                   Buffy Ramos–OH Adoption Specialist

Beverly Tullar – Foster Care & Licensing Specialist                            Jodi Rice–OH Adoption Specialist

Madison Dawson – Licensing Specialist                                                Jordan Nussbaum – Intern

Phil Niklowicz – Foster Care Specialist

Joei Houle – Foster Care & Licensing Specialist

Cassie Young – Foster Care Specialist

Christy Reyes – Foster Care/Licensing Specialist

Brianne French – Intern

Don Fenstermaker – IT Consultant


 

Michigan office                                                                                                      Ohio Office

42140 Van Dyke – Suite 210                                                                                 143 Gougler Ave

Sterling Heights, MI  48314                                                                                 Kent, OH 44240

586.726.2988                                                                                                          330.296.2757

NEW HOWELL OFFICE OPEN

734 S. Michigan Avenue

Suite1

Howell, MI  48843

517-615-1275

 

Mission Statement

You can view our Mission Statement by clicking here.

 

Adoption Policy

You can view our Adoption Policy by clicking here.

 

Foster Care Policy

You can view our Foster Care Policy by clicking here.

 

Ohio Domestic Fee Schedule: Click Here

China Fee Schedule: Click Here

Philippines Fee Schedule: Click Here

Independent International Fee Schedule: Click Here

Professional Affiliations and Accreditiations

Hague  Hague Accreditation

Signifies that FAC meets an international standard of practice based upon a treaty, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of International Adoption. The treaty establishes protection for children, birth parents and adoptive parents. This accreditation is issued by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and requires that all U.S. State Department standards have been met. Families adopting from a Hague ratified country such as China and the Philippines, must work with a Hague accredited adoption agency.

 
JCICS

  International Children’s Services from North America (JCICS)

Oldest and largest affiliation of licensed, non-profit international adoption agencies in the world. Leading voice on intercountry children’s services with a mission to advocate on behalf of children in need of permanent, safe and loving families. Joint Council promotes ethical child welfare practices, strengthens professional standards and educates adoptive families, social service professionals and government representatives throughout the world.

 

  ccalogo  Children’s Charities of America

Coalition of many of America’s finest charitable organizations that are dedicated to meeting the needs of children all over the world. CCA’s mission has two goals : (1) to heighten public awareness of children’s issues and the solutions to their problems and (2) to help member agencies raise funds, mainly through participation in workplace         campaigns, to meet children’s needs.

 

 

NACAC-Logo  North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents and is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.

 

 

 BIA_seal  Independent Charities Seal of Excellence

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

 

 

 

Testimonials

"FAC has been so supportive in our recent adoption. Our social worker walked us through all the steps, answered all our questions, and truly believes in the value of adoption. They helped us fulfill our dream of International adoption."
David and Lara Harris
David and Lara Harris

 

“I don’t think I could ever find enough words to show my appreciation. Our family is now complete and that is a tribute to your staff’s hard work, love and dedication. You make families! Wow, how many people can say that? Please know that we are forever grateful for all that you do and would not hesitate to recommend Family Adoption Consultants to anyone considering adoption.“
The Lavelle Family
The Lavelle Family

 

“FAC has changed our lives in such a tremendously wonderful way by matching us up to the perfect child for our family. We fell in love with our son the minute we saw his picture from our social worker and FAC was there for us every step of the way."
Beth and Bill Dixon
Beth and Bill Dixon

In the near future you can see open positions available to be applied for. Check back again soon! Thank you!

Info Packet

Are you ready to adopt?

If you and your family are ready for adoption then please fill out our information packet.
Info Packet
Ohio Guide

Ohio Adoption

A handbook for prospective adoptive families in Ohio.
Ohio Guide

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:
http://coanet.org/accreditation/hague-accreditation-and-approval/public-comment/

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