Our mission is to promote and assist in the formation of stable families. The well-being of children is our priority. We believe every child deserves a permanent home in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
ACF Adoptions is a licensed, private adoption agency that provides professional adoption services to birth mothers, adoptive parents and children since 1992. We believe in putting people before the process – ensuring every plan is customized to the individual family’s situation and needs. Our adoption attorneys and counselors know just how stressful the adoption process can be, so we provide a listening ear, personal attention and expert legal counsel to make things as easy for you as possible.
The ACF staff is comprised of adoption attorneys, licensed mental health professionals and support staff who are specially trained in the field of adoption. A recognized charity under the federal tax code, ACF accepts tax deductible donations. Your donation helps us build and support families.
Robert C. Lamarche, LCSW, JD | Executive Director
Rob has been in the adoption field since 1996. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in child welfare and has experience in both intercountry and domestic adoption. Rob earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College, MA (1994). He has a Master’s Degree in Social work from Salem State College (1999) and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012 after graduating from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School in 2011.
Rob is the Executive Director/Attorney for ACF Adoptions, a private non–profit adoption agency that has been providing services since 1992. Rob is a former foster parent and the proud adoptive parent of two sons and a daughter. He resides in South Florida with his husband, children, 3 dogs and 9 chickens. Rob is an active volunteer in his community and an advocate for ethical adoption reform. He is a member of the Florida Adoption Council, the National Council for Adoption and a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Attorneys where he serves on the Agency and Ethics Committees.
He is responsible for all phases of legal work on behalf of agency including pleadings, hearings and taking consents. He oversees the agency's financial management, budget, audit, supervises the agency's administrative staff, annual state licensure as well as cooperation with Board of Directors. He ensures that the agency services reflect mission.
Hillary L Berger | MSW Director of Development
As an individual personally impacted by adoption, Hillary has been actively involved in advocating for ethical domestic adoptions since 2011. Hillary earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA in 2003, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University in 2019. She joined our team when ACF Adoptions and Adoption Authority merged in 2022. Her roles have included serving on the Board of Directors (2012-2014), volunteering (2014), working as the Operations Coordinator (2015-2019) and Executive Director (2019-2022) of Adoption Authority.
Hillary works in our Jacksonville office and is primarily responsible for strategic planning, program development, and program funding.
Jen has been clinically trained with a trauma informed resiliency framework allowing her to work with in a variety of populations, always with the focus of meeting the client’s needs. Jen has worked in community non-profit agencies and in the healthcare system providing social services to families. Having worked with populations such as children in foster care, individuals with mental health diagnosis, clients who have a disability, victims of trauma, dually diagnosed teens and adults, has contributed to her strong passion of serving families. Prior to joining our agency Jen founded a local support group for members of the adoption community. She is very invested in all sides of the adoption process.
Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Florida International University, and then received her Master's in Clinical Social Work from Barry University, Miami, Fl. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Administration from Barry University and has her clinical/LCSW license in Florida.
Jen is primarily responsible for educating and screening new applicants, supervising birth parent counselors, home studies, post placement and matches between birth and adoptive families. She is very committed to helping our families through their journey to adoption and realize their dream of building a forever family.
Meg Pringle | Adoption Caseworker
Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.
She has been working closely with birth mothers for over 15 years.
Meg does initial screenings, provides support to birth parents and adoptive parents throughout the process and facilitates meetings.
Her dedication, kindness and experience allows ACF to respond efficiently and professionally to all of our client’s needs.
Yazmin Palmero | Assistant Legal Director
Yazmin graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration.
She has been working in the field of adoption for over 15 years and she brings extensive knowledge of a variety of legal and administration skills to the agency.
Her primary function is to prioritize legal workload in various procedural stages of adoption from initiation of a case, to termination of parental rights and finalization. She works independently and she supports all legal aspects of our adoptions. Yazmin is also highly experienced in working with birth mothers as needed. Yazmin is also available outside of regular business hours to respond to emergency calls and new clients. Yazmin’s commitment, professionalism and expertise are invaluable assets to this agency.
Yaklma Palnero | Assistant Administrative Director
Yakina graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from MDC. She has been working with ACF for over 15 years.
She is primarily responsible for agency's financial management, bookkeeping, accounts payable, audits, payroll/HR, client financial monitoring and reporting as well as generating final client detailed statements of receipts and disbursements for filing with court. Another major function of her position is working on agency's annual state re-licensing requirements, and compiling agency reports for annual tax return. In addition, she is responsible for overall agency administration including insurance renewals. Her dedication, skills and competence are great assets to the agency.
Nika Knowles | Administrative Assistant
Nika assists with grant applications and fundraising efforts and is responsible for the administrative procedures supporting these programs.
She provides support on all administrative and adoption procedures and the processing of Medicaid and medical records.
Nika's organizational skills and commitment to the programs are valuable assets to the agency's operation.
Lynnette M. Montañez, LCSW | Adoption Social Worker
Lynnette graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Lynnette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. She has received training in clinical models and interventions. She has experience working within both the public and private sector of adoption. In addition, Lynnette has worked with the following populations: children in foster care, families in shelters, dually diagnosed adults, victims of sexual abuse, and homelessness.
Lynnette primarily works with birth mothers: providing support and counseling, case management, maintains case records and assists with outreach efforts. Lynnette completes home studies, conducts post placement visits and oversees the ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement for Children) process.