My most important role is as the mom of four young adults, three of whom were adopted at birth. They are truly my joy and I feel lucky everyday that they call me, “Mom”.

I have been a licensed social worker since 1997 and have spent the majority of my career working with children and families.  I have a passion for working with children and families and understand the vulnerability of families who are placing their children for adoption as well as those who are hoping to adopt.  Most importantly, I have a commitment to ensure children are placed with loving and well prepared adoptive families.

I have been working in the field of adoption for over 20 years and have been involved in 100s of adoptions as a therapist, homestudy provider, consultant, post-placement provider and as someone who has helped families to find their adoption match.  Prior to working in the adoption field I co-founded a non-profit, Technology Access Foundation, which partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system with a focus on children of color. I have also worked for a community based mental health provider as a therapist for developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults as well as a middle school based therapist.

I have a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington and am a licensed clinical social worker in Washington State (#LW 00004519). I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Washington Society of Certified Social Workers, the Clinical Social Work Association, and EMDRIA. I have completed Post-graduate Certificates in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families , Attachment-Trauma focused Therapy, and am a Foundational Theraplay Practitioner as well as EMDR trained (working toward certification).

Sincerely, Jill Dziko, MSW, LICSW

Executive Director

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3 Responses to “About”

  1. I am honored to be the first to reply. We worked with Jill through our adoption process and I cannot image a better advocate. She is the best… grounded, personable, knowledgeable, practical and professional.
    You go girl! Great to see that you are continuing to provide your valuable insight and expertise to others.
    Best to you and your family.
    Sarah, John (Jody) and Zoë

  2. The highest recommendation for Jill as the provider of services required for the adoption process: *The Homestudy, *Counseling on all adoption toipcs as well as all family related and child development themes, *Post-Placement home Visits. Jill was our social worker before, during and after the adoptions of two of our children. We live in Washington state. We adopted one child who was born in Georgia in 2005 and one child who was born in Louisiana in 2007. Jill’s savvy regarding individuals and families of all walks of life, compassion, academic and educational background, experience (professional AND personal), and her genuine love and concern for the well-being of all and children of the world make her the ideal go-to person for help with the adoption process.

  3. We love working with Jill! We first started working with Jill in 2009 for the adoption of our first child. She did everything including writing our home study, providing referral services, and completing our post placement reports. The time and attention Jill gave us made us feel like we were her only clients (even though I know she was very busy with other families as well). Jill was an excellent resource for information during our first adoption, as well as a great supportive friend. When we decided to adopt again, we immediately called Jill. Again, she provided us with amazing support. Not only is working with Jill like working with a knowledgeable friend, but she also understands the unique challenges LGBT parents face when adopting. Working with Jill is like having an advocate and a friend in your corner, and that is exactly what you need when you are growing your family through adoption.

    Justin & Chad

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