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About Us 2017-08-16T08:14:50+00:00

OUR MISSION

Adoption Associates, Inc. exists to promote domestic and international adoption for God’s glory. The benefits of adoption offered to birth mothers, their children from unplanned pregnancies, and orphaned children abroad are designed to reflect the spirit of adoption modeled by God in Ephesians 1 of the Bible. Accordingly, AAI is a Christian organization, founded on Christian beliefs and values. Pregnancy and adoption services are provided to clients of all faiths.

Welcome To Adoption Associates

Jane Bareman provides an overview of Adoption Associates and related history. Jane has retired from Adoption Associates and Michelle Dykema has taken over the helm!

Help Support Our Efforts

Your donations to Adoption Associates are vital to our success in providing outreach and education about the benefits of adoption here in the United States, supporting and developing programs internationally, and placing children with special needs into permanent homes.

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MEET OUR TEAM

We are committed to making adoption the best it can be, and employ highly experienced and educationally qualified staff.

Michelle Dykema

Michelle Dykema

Executive Director
Laura Bussa

Laura Bussa

Office Administrator | International Services Coordinator
Nancy Cannon

Nancy Cannon

Director of Central Michigan Office
Heidi Cole

Heidi Cole

Home Study Caseworker
Kris Dickens

Kris Dickens

International Consultant | Home Study Caseworker
Janet Forde

Janet Forde

Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker
Kendra Gerlach

Kendra Gerlach

Human Resource Specialist | Administrative Assistant
Tami Hedrick

Tami Hedrick

Office Manager
Ming Hua He

Ming Hua He

International Coordinator
Jennifer Jaworski

Jennifer Jaworski

Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker
Amy Jordan

Amy Jordan

Home Study Caseworker
Heather Klompmaker

Heather Klompmaker

Home Study Caseworker
Laurie Larson

Laurie Larson

Home Study Caseworker
Elizza LeJeune

Elizza LeJeune

Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker
Sally Mouw

Sally Mouw

Director of International Programs
Shelly Nibbelink

Shelly Nibbelink

Legal Coordinator | Licensing Caseworker
Nicole Racine

Nicole Racine

Director of Fund Development & Outreach
Barb Sheler

Barb Sheler

Director of Finance
Paula Springer

Paula Springer

Director of Eastern Michigan Office
Sara Stahl

Sara Stahl

Social Work Consultant
Tara Steketee

Tara Steketee

Home Study Caseworker
Christy Stevens

Christy Stevens

Birth Mother Caseworker | Home Study Caseworker
Ellen Tuinstra

Ellen Tuinstra

Administrative Assistant
Beth Vendal

Beth Vendal

Administrative Assistant
Janine Hammond

Janine Hammond

Homestudy Caseworker
Maureen Bowyer

Maureen Bowyer

Homestudy Caseworker

Why Choose AAI

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Hague Accreditation

through the Council on Accreditation

COA works with the U.S. Department of State to make certain that adoption service providers have put in place safeguards to ensure intercountry adoptions take place ethically, in the best interests of children.

What does this mean for you?

As a status, Hague Accreditation signifies that an agency meets the standards founded in the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act, and the Universal Accreditation Act. This status indicates that COA has concluded that the agency or person conducts services in substantial compliance with the standards, and that COA monitors and oversees its performance.

Other credentials
  • Child Placing Agency License from the State of Michigan
  • Accreditation in China
  • Certification of Registration and License in Ethiopia

Thank you so much for all that you have done for us. You have allowed our family to be complete, even more than we thought possible, because we didn’t begin adoption knowing how much we would value and treasure our birth mothers. We consider them family, along with our children. God has given us a bigger gift than we asked for; thank you for being the instrument that brought us together

We are so grateful to everyone at Adoption Associates for helping our baby boy to find us! Our caseworker and birth mother caseworker were great and always willing to answer our questions.

Words will never be able to describe what AAI has done for us. You came highly recommended to us, and you exceeded our expectations. We were extremely impressed with the professionalism, care, and support. Thank you with all our hearts!

NEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS

Reserve your seat NOW for the Fall Fundraising Gala on October 21, 2017! Click here for details, and email Kendra with your reservation!