Director of Adoptive Services (CA)
Since 1999, Diane has been working very closely on a daily basis with our birthparents and adoptive families. She is Lifetime’s Director of Adoptive Services and the one that staff members seek out when they need questions answered or a sounding board.
Diane most enjoys working with the birthparents. “Many people take birthparents for granted,” she says. “They need our support, they need someone to just listen and then get them the help they are seeking. And most importantly, they need to know that their child is growing up happy and healthy. Adoptive families should know how important those cards and photos are to a birthparent, especially one without family support.”
Before coming to Lifetime, Diane spent ten years volunteering with La Leche League as a support for breastfeeding mothers. She especially enjoyed working with adoptive mothers and helping them learn about the joys and benefits of breastfeeding. Diane understands the desire that adoptive families have to be parents. After undergoing infertility treatments herself, she began pursuing adoption. Now, mother to three boys, she enjoys helping other couples become parents. She enjoys perennial gardening and playing the guitar, but her first love is her family.
When asked about to sum up Diane in a few words, a fellow Lifetime staff member shared: “Diane is knowledgable, responsible, kind, and fun to work with!” Another shares “Diane cares deeply about her work, is encouraging and patient and always has time to help others.”
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