FAC 2024 Annual Event

The 2024 Florida Adoption Council annual conference promises to be an enriching and dynamic event, set against the backdrop of the stunning Mission Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. This conference is designed to offer the most current and pertinent education on adoption, catering to attorneys and agency staff alike. With a comprehensive program spanning multiple days and featuring additional add-on sessions, attendees have the opportunity to accrue a significant number of CLE/CEU credits.

Members and non-members alike may register for the conference. Sessions are available to assist the newest worker in the adoption area up to experienced professionals seeking advanced training. Beyond the educational aspect, the conference fosters networking opportunities, social events, and a vendor showcase highlighting adoption-related products and services.

Amidst the enriching educational sessions, attendees are invited to indulge in the leisurely offerings of the Mission Resort and Club. Surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscapes, the resort provides a serene escape from the demands of daily life. Whether unwinding with a spa treatment, hitting the links for a round of golf, or simply lounging by the pool, there’s no shortage of ways to relax and recharge. The resort’s world-class amenities and attentive service ensure that every guest’s needs are met with care and precision. As attendees come together to share experiences and insights, the Mission Resort and Club promises to be the perfect setting for forging lasting memories and experiencing unparalleled hospitality. Join us for a conference that seamlessly blends education with leisure, set amidst the natural beauty of Florida’s landscape.

Conference Dates:

  • August 28 – 30, 2024
  • Conference ends early, Friday, August 30, 2024

FLORIDA ADOPTION COUNCIL

ADOPTION SERVICES

ADOPTION ATTORNEYS

Adoption is entirely state law, so Florida licensed attorneys who are members are FAC can provide legal advice regarding Florida’s adoption… Read more.

ADOPTION PROFESSIONALS

Some FAC members work in the field of adoption but are not licensed attorneys or agencies. They may be licensed social workers, mental… Read more.

ADOPTION AGENCIES

Agencies licensed by the State of Florida to provide adoption services may also be members of FAC. Agencies may provide home study services… Read more.

FEATURED BLOG ARTICLES

Knowledge is power. FAC encourages its members, prospective adoptive parents, birth parents, and the public in general to be in the know about adoption. Articles and blog posts regarding adoption are included on the FAC website to disseminate important and timely information on issues, events, and individuals affecting adoption.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elizabeth R. Berkowitz, Esq.

Elizabeth R. Berkowitz, Esq.

President, Board of Directors

Elizabeth R. Berkowitz, Esquire is an attorney with an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoption law... Read more.

Robert L. Webster III, Esq.

Robert L. Webster III, Esq.

Legislative Chair, Board of Directors

Rob is a board-certified adoption attorney with Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. Rob’s practice focuses almost solely on...Read more.

Linda Rotz

Linda Rotz

Board Member at Large

Linda Rotz is Director of Adoptive Services for Lifetime Adoption. Since 2001 ... Read more.

Robert C. Lamarche

Robert C. Lamarche

Board Member at Large

Rob has been in the adoption field since 1996. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in child welfare and has experience in both intercountry and domestic adoption ... Read more.

Mary K. Wimsett

Mary K. Wimsett

Vice President, Board of Directors

Mary K. Wimsett has assisted thousands of families with their adoptions and is honored to have the opportunity to use her legal skills... Read more.

Alice H. Murray, Esq.

Alice H. Murray, Esq.

Secretary, Board of Directors

Alice H. Murray has been handling domestic, non-relative infant adoptive placements for over 30 years as an attorney... Read more.

Daniel M. Hartzog, Jr., Esq

Daniel M. Hartzog, Jr., Esq

Board Member at Large

Dan is the Executive Director of Heartfelt Adoptions. Dan received his Juris... Read more.

Mark Livings

Mark Livings

Board Member at Large

Mark Livings is the CEO and Founder CAIRS SOLUTIONS LLC / CAIRS SOLUTIONS PVT. INDIA, Mark is a seasoned IT executive with a strong strategy and technical orientation. He demonstrated... Read more.

Steve Price

Steve Price

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Steve Price is a past president of the Florida Adoption Council and currently the board treasurer. Read more.

Meredith Shepard

Meredith Shepard

Board Member at Large

Meredith Shepard joined Heart of Adoptions in August 2013 as the Adoptive Parent Coordinator. Read more.