When my oldest daughter was about 18 months old we decided to begin the process of adopting our second child.  We always knew we wanted to adopt so it was a question of when, not why.  As I began researching the process, during my daughter’s naps, I was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of information.  I did not know where to look  much less how to start the process.   As they say, “hind sight is 20/20” and given what I know now as an adoption professional I would not have taken the same road we chose.  However, with that said, the road we chose brought us three beautiful and wonderful adopted children so while I would not wish our bumpy road on others I would not take back any of the bumps we experienced along the way.

Those bumps have also brought me to where I am today as a professional.  I have been a licensed social worker since 1997 and have spent much of my career working with children, the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.  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 passion for making sure children are placed with loving and well prepared adoptive families.

I have been working in the field of adoption for over 18 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 to provide STEM education to children of color.  I also worked for a community based mental health provider as a therapist for developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults and then as a school based therapist.

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