Job Title: Home Study Coordinator, Foster Care Advocate
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Favorite Adoption Story: As a CPS worker at DFCS, it was an unfortunate part of the job to remove children and place them into foster care. One Friday (after multiple attempts at keeping the family united), I had to remove a sibling group of six. Upon the birth of the newest member of the family, he was placed into care as well. Years later, after leaving DFCS, I learned all but two of the sibling group had been adopted. The two oldest had phased out of the system because of their age. The initial situation was extremely difficult, and there were multiple issues within the family, but five of the children were finally at a place in their young lives where they had love, safety, security, and family. Even happier, the three oldest were adopted together, while the two youngest were adopted together, and they all remained in contact with one another.
Education: BSW from The University of Georgia
Responsibilities: Stephanie serves as the Home Study Coordinator for Georgia. She helps families navigate the home study process from beginning to end. She enjoys providing services to families, including: home study, post placement, and post adoption support. In addition to providing services to adoptive families, she recruits families to become foster parents, conducts and approves their home studies, and monitors the homes once children are placed.