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About Us 2018-10-15T14:18:19+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

AAI staff members in West Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Mid Michigan look forward to working with you
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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.

MAKE A DONATION

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
Kris Burow

Kris Burow

Home Study Caseworker
Laura Bussa

Laura Bussa

Office Administrator
Nancy Cannon

Nancy Cannon

Director of Central Michigan Office
Heidi Cole

Heidi Cole

Home Study Caseworker
Kris Dickens

Kris Dickens

Consultant / Caseworker
Alivia Gerrits

Alivia Gerrits

Administrative Assistant
Janine Hammond

Janine Hammond

Homestudy Caseworker
Tami Hedrick

Tami Hedrick

Lansing Office Manager
Amy Jacobs

Amy Jacobs

Adoption Services Consultant
Jennifer Jaworski

Jennifer Jaworski

Director of Mid Michigan Office
Sally Mouw

Sally Mouw

Birth Mother Caseworker
Shelly Nibbelink

Shelly Nibbelink

Legal Coordinator/Licensing
Heather O’Kelley

Heather O’Kelley

Birth Mother/Home Study Caseworker
Nicole Racine

Nicole Racine

Director of Fund Development & Outreach
Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders

Home Study Caseworker
Barb Sheler

Barb Sheler

Director of Finance
Paula Springer

Paula Springer

Director of Eastern Michigan Office
Tara Steketee

Tara Steketee

Home Study Caseworker
Christy Stevens

Christy Stevens

Birth Mother/Home Study Caseworker
Ellen Tuinstra

Ellen Tuinstra

Administrative Assistant
Jeanette Warnshuis

Jeanette Warnshuis

Birth Mother/Home Study Caseworker
Kim Weaver

Kim Weaver

Office Assistant
Nicole Wood

Nicole Wood

Administrative Assistant

MEET OUR BOARD

Richard Van Deelen – President

Founding Director, Adoption Associates, Inc.
Adoptive Father

Michelle Dykema – Vice President/Secretary

Executive Director, Adoption Associates, Inc.
Adoptive Mother

Scott Patton – Treasurer

Government Consulting, Plante & Moran
Adoptive Father

Kurt Kunst

Partner/Commercial Realtor
Adoptive Father

Robert Plaisier

Maintenance/Facilities Manager, Gordon Food Service
Adoptive Father

Linda Schrenk

Adoptive Mother

Jane Bareman

Director

Why Choose AAI

Agency Policies

Join Our Team

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

Families are needed in AAI’s China Program!

Call Laura or Kris for details at 616.667.0677!!