Genevieve Jacobi, Executive Director
Genevieve is the Executive Director of A Family in Bloom Adoption and also one of the Placement Supervisors. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Master’s Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in Counseling Psychology in 1990 with a focus in Marriage, Family, and Children. Her 30 years of experience in the field encompasses work in child abuse prevention, University counseling programs; as a school psychologist, and for the last fifteen years, exclusively in the adoption field. Before founding A Family in Bloom Adoption in 2011, Genevieve was employed by several long-standing agencies in the State of Colorado. She has spent much of her adult life living, working, and traveling abroad. Two of her own three children are adopted internationally and transracially.
Alyssa has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University, Idaho. Although she was raised in Iowa, Alyssa currently lives with her roommate and cat in Jinja, Uganda. Her main job is working with Ekisa Ministries, an organization that has as its mission statement to support children with disabilities so they can thrive in families and communities. She is passionate about ethical adoption, especially for children with disabilities. Alyssa is able to conduct home studies for families in Uganda as well as other countries in the region. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing board games with friends, and traveling to all the beautiful corners of Africa.
Carla was born and raised in Iowa where she continues to reside with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. She earned a BS in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University and later received her Certified Adoption Investigator License. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the adoption field, specifically pre and post adoption services for both domestic and international adoption as well as assisting with African and Eastern European adoptions representing several countries. Carla loves to travel and learn about different cultures with experiences traveling the US as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, and around the Caribbean; all of which have provided opportunities to meet and spend time with people representing many different cultures and experience the differences that make us all wonderfully unique. Carla assists adoptive families in our Ghana, Uganda and Bulgaria programs and is looking forward to assisting you in your adoption journey.
Grace is the Office Administrator at A Family in Bloom Adoption, with the responsibility for Post-Adoption and Post-Placement families. She is also integrally involved with the organizational aspects of the Lagos, Nigeria Program. Adoption advocacy work has always been near and dear to Grace’s heart, and she treasures her role in helping families bloom. Grace holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing from Ithaca College, where she also focused on Psychology. Her language and writing skills extend to fluency with the French language. After growing up in Pennsylvania, Grace spent many years in Upstate New York, before ultimately moving to Colorado. Her favorite hobbies include painting, writing, traveling, hiking, and visiting our state’s gorgeous hot springs.
Jill has over 30 years of experience working with children and families. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Troy State University. She has been a teacher for over 27 years. Additionally, she has worked in the adoption field for the past nine years, assisting families with their domestic and international adoptions. With her strong organization skills and profound love for children, working in the adoption field is a wonderful fit. Jill is the Nigerian Program Case Manager and happy to assist you in any way. Jill has two sons and lives in Florida. She enjoys family activities, theme parks, going to the beach, reading, yoga, and walking her dog.
Kareena works as our office manager and has lived in Colorado for a few years now, along with her husband, son, and rescue dog. She has a degree in cultural studies and social work, and has a passion for both adoption and foster care. In her free time, Kareena enjoys spending time outside, hiking, and working on creative projects. At A Family in Bloom Adoption, Kareena also is responsible for the US Immigration Petition work.
Kelly was born and raised in New York and moved to Georgia with her husband and children in 1996. She has an undergraduate degree in Business and Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Kelly and her husband have adopted both of their children. Her son was adopted as a newborn from New York in 1995, and her daughter was adopted as an infant from Russia in 1998. It was after her daughter came home from Russia that Kelly decided to change careers to focus on helping others form their families through adoption. Kelly has been a Case Worker for families adopting from several Eastern European countries for the past twenty-two years. Additionally, Kelly also co-owns a child placement agency licensed in Georgia and Tennessee where her focus is writing domestic and Hague compliant international home study reports. She feels blessed to have been involved with adoptions for so many years. Kelly is new to A Family in Bloom and will work with families adopting from Tanzania and Trinidad and Tobago.
Lila is a native of Texas and moved to Colorado so she could help military members and their families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Lila has many years of experience with home studies and working with the foster/adoptive care system. She has worked for County Department of Human Services in the adoption unit and in the kinship unit. She loves meeting families and helping them reach their dreams of becoming a family.
Maria is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who earned her Bachelor’s degree of Elementary Education from St. Thomas University, MN, and her Master’s in Social Work from Capella, MN. Her professional experience includes overseeing a foster care program, working with youth in residential treatment, and providing mental health counseling services to youth and families. Outside of professional work, Maria enjoys mentoring youth and traveling internationally to learn about and experience different cultures. Maria is the Country Case Manager for Iran, the Windward Island country programs and new families for Ghana. She is passionate about adoption, mental health care, and supporting adoptive families.
Renae resides in Southern California with her two youngest daughters. She also has two adult daughters who were adopted—one from Colombia and the other from US foster care. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication, Interpersonal Studies, and is also completing a second Master’s degree in Human and Community Services. Her experience in international adoptions includes countries in East Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Eastern Europe. With a passion for finding safe and loving families for waiting children, Renae has also worked in foster care in Los Angeles, California. Before working in the child welfare field, Renae had a successful career in marketing and advertising.
Originally from California, Sofía has lived in Colorado for over 25 years and is proud to call this beautiful state her home. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Translation & Interpretation and a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder. Sofía provides translation and other support services for A Family in Bloom Adoption’s Nicaraguan Adoption Program. Sofia genuinely enjoys being part of an agency that brings families together, connecting parents with the children they were meant to adopt.
— Henry David Thoreau