About Us

ABOUT FAC

The Florida Adoption Council is a non-profit corporation which was has been in existence since 2001. Its membership is comprised of individuals involved in adoption in the State of Florida. Members work in various roles in the adoption context, including attorneys, social workers, agency directors, and counselors, among others. FAC is governed by a Board of Directors which currently has nine members. The organization facilitates communication between members through the use of a members-only listserv and networking opportunities at its annual conference. Educational opportunities providing required continuing education credit are offered to members at a discounted price, The organization holds an annual meeting which offers training from the basics to advanced skills as well as updates on current events, case law, and legislative issues. FAC has a lobbyist and is actively involved in the Florida legislative process when laws relating to adoption proposed.

MISSION

FAC’s mission is to equip those working in the field of adoption to provide quality services to birth parents and prospective adoptive parents within a framework of adoption laws that realistically, adequately, and thoughtfully addresses the issues raised by adoption.

VISION

The vision of FAC is for adoption in Florida to be an efficient, caring, and child-centered process in which well-informed adoption professionals work together to achieve the creation of forever families.

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.