Renee Franklin, the Director of Adoptions First, has been working directly with adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption professionals since 1996. Throughout that time, David and Renee have successfully collaborated on a number of domestic adoptions and international outgoing adoptions, working with families living abroad who were approved to adopt children from the USA. Working with families from around the world to see that every child has a forever home is Renee’s goal and passion. Her immeasurable depth of knowledge, attention to detail, and love for adoption is evident to everyone she works with. Renee supports and guides clients and birthparents with care and compassion while ensuring that everyone receives the highest quality of adoption services.
Attorney Bonnie Hiler is a sole practitioner licensed in California who performs legal services on our adoptions as an independent contractor. She works closely with David on the majority of our California adoptions. She began working in the area of domestic adoptions in October of 1992 and has focused her practice on adoptions since that time. She has participated in and/or completed over 1,500 adoptions, including independent, interstate, agency-assisted, relative, stepparent, and adult adoptions, as well as re-adoptions of internationally-adopted children. Prior to becoming an attorney, Bonnie worked over 17 years as a legal secretary, paralegal, and law clerk. She knows how to get things done efficiently, expeditiously, and ethically. She and her husband are the adoptive parents of four children, now all adults, two of whom were adopted domestically and two of whom were adopted internationally. She gets a special satisfaction from assisting our staff to help our clients start and grow their families through adoption.
After making an adoption plan for her birthdaughter over 5 years ago, Alexandra Desmond, MSW, earned a Masters in Social Work to spend her career helping others through the adoption process. Throughout her academic program, Alexandra continued her engagement with the adoption community as a Birthmother Outreach Coordinator, Adoption Agency Intern, and Birthmother Buddy. Alexandra is an invaluable resource for our birthmothers and a wonderful asset to our Adoptions First team.