Dina serves as our Admissions Advisor. She is the mother of 4 children and has helped raise over 20 other children while running an in-home daycare. She understands the desire to become a parent and she will strive to make that dream come true for others. She utilizes her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Social Services along with her Master of Science Degree in Community Health to better understand and support our adoptive families.
Q&A with Dina
What do you do at LifeLong?
I'm the Admissions Advisor. I get to talk to families who are interested in joining our program and answer their questions. I want to be sure families have a basic understanding of what their adoption journey might look like if they work with us. Being the first person to connect with families is such an honor and something I love to do.
When did you join the LifeLong team?
I was lucky enough to join the team in September of 2016. I was so excited to start working for LifeLong Adoptions and share my passion with our families.
What motivates you to get up and go to work?
I truly love what I do and families often say they can tell. No two days are ever the same, but they always involve me getting to educate families about adoption and what LifeLong does that is so different then other companies. We really have the mindset that "Love is Love." Helping families realize that growing their family through adoption is a true possibility is such a blessing.
What is your favorite inspirational, motivational, or positive-thinking quote?
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.” — Paul Dunn
What's your personal connection to adoption?
I'm lucky enough to have two connections to adoption. I have a nephew who was adopted and he is such a natural part of our family that we usually need to be reminded that he is adopted. I still remember meeting him when he was just days old and thinking how lucky we were to have our family grow through this amazing blessing. My second connection is that my sister was planning on placing her child for adoption. The adoption plan was in place and she loved the family that would adopt her son. When my nephew was born my sister could not go through with the adoption plan and decided to parent. Knowing what that was like from the birthmother side gives me perspective into that side of a disrupted adoption. My sister was heartbroken for the family, but she simply could not do it. Having seen both perspectives allows me to educate families on both sides of the placement process.
What advice do you have for our waiting families?
The timing of your journey is unknown, so continue to live your life and look for the joy and happiness in everyday happenings. Make memories and continue to live your life to the fullest.
Who inspires you and why?
My mom will always be the person who inspired me the most. She went through so many trials during her life and always looked for the sunshine. She had a saying that all who had the privilege of knowing her quote, "This to shall pass." I strive to be the the kind of person she was.
When are you happiest?
When my "nest" is full. Having all my kiddos at home at the same time is such a blessing. Hearing them interacting and laughing brings me incredible joy!
What’s your most memorable facepalm moment?
I told my daughter that her hamster had died and she wanted to pet it one last time. When she touched it, the hamster got up and started running around. I yelled, "It's a miracle!"
Where is your favorite place to be?
Sitting around my fire pit laughing and making memories with friends and family.
What books are at your bedside?
The Power of a Positive Mom and anything by Nicholas Sparks
What's your favorite TV show to binge-watch?
Schitt's Creek and Will & Grace