Merritt Island

Amy Dean, Adoption Case Worker

Amy joined Heart of Adoptions Inc.  in January 2016 in our Merritt Island office.  Prior to this she was an Adoption Assistant for another Florida adoption agency for 8 years.  She works closely with birth mothers handling their day-to-day needs, monitoring their medical care and overall well-being. She graduated from Rockledge High School and has an AA degree from Brevard Community College.  Amy has 3 children and uses her experiences as both an adoptee and an adoptive parents to serve and support our clients.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge.  Amy's prior employment includes: Aggressive Constructors, General Nutrition Center, Fern Creek Elementary, and Interlachen Pediatrics.

Kelly Rhoads, Adoption Case Worker

Kelly joined Heart of Adoptions Inc. in January 2016 in our new Merritt Island office.  She was an Adoption Social Worker for another Florida agency previously and has been a social worker for 15+ years. She works closely with birth mothers handling their day-to-day needs, monitoring their medical care and overall well-being. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from Temple University.  She previously worked in adoption in Georgia and fell in love with it.  She took some time off to have her two children and also spent several years working with children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses.  In Florida she previously worked with the elderly doing the Meals on Wheels-Senior Nutrition Program.  She has worked for non-profits for most of her social work career.  She has lived in Florida for ten years.  She has two children ages 8 and 12 and a fabulous supportive husband.  She finally feels back home working in adoption.

Sylvia Faniel, Adoption Case Worker

Sylvia Faniel joined Heart of Adoptions in January 2016 as an Adoption Case Worker and has worked in the field of private adoptions since 2008. Sylvia has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from University of Central Florida.  She works closely with birth mothers handling their day-to-day needs, monitoring their medical care and over all well-being.  Prior to joining Heart of Adoptions, Sylvia was the executive director for six years with another adoption agency and spent 17 years as an executive assistant/paralegal for Royal Palm Homes in Orlando. Sylvia has four children, three of which were adopted at birth and uses her experience as an adoptive parent to serve and support our clients.