Build the dream family you always longed for

Specialist advice and guidance on building your family through adoption

How To Choose Your Adoption Agency

Building Your Support Network

Finding The Child For Your Family

Building your family through adoption can be complicated

Offering a child a brighter future is a life-changing moment. You need to consider the short and long-term implications. How to find the best match. The best agency or attorney for you. There’s so much at stake. You can’t afford to get this wrong. You need expert advice and guidance from a professional who truly understands the decisions you’re facing. Getting trusted adoption advice shouldn’t have to feel impossible.

  • Unsure where to start?
  • Worried about the future?
  • Confused by the legalities?
  • Wondering what type of adoption is for you?

Getting trusted guidance on building your family
through adoption shouldn't be this tough.

Supporting your adoption journey - all the way.

The Center for Family Building can support you throughout your adoption journey – and beyond. Founder Lisa Schuman, LCSW, assists and counsels individuals, couples, and families throughout every stage of the process. She understands the weight of the decisions you’re facing – because she is a parent through adoption too.

Lisa’s also the Founding Director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants and runs workshops with parents to help them understand how to explain adoption to their children. Lisa lectures and writes on a variety of subjects for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents.

So, you’re in safe hands, with a professional who truly understands.

Let’s start your adoption journey together.


"We are so glad that we came to The Center for Family Building for help with our daughter. Lisa helped us undertand what she was struggling with and helped us find the perfect school."

Gail and James

"To say the guidance we got from Lisa was life changing would be an understatement. She allowed us to imagine possibilities for our future family we would never have allowed ourselves. Our present family today is a direct result of her bold and decisive advice and we will always be grateful"

John & Jeff

"We sought Lisa’s help when we were trying to have children, when we changed jobs, and when we needed to find the right school for our children. We are so grateful for her help."

Cynthia and Larry

Understand the process

Building your family through adoption can feel confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we walk you through every step of the process; including time frames, costs and the long-term implications for each decision.

Become equipped to parent

Building an instant family can be tricky. You may have not had time to process or identify your parenting ‘style’ yet. We can guide you on the issues you may need to navigate so you are informed and prepared to be the dedicated and compassionate parent you want to be.

Navigate the future

Adopting a child comes with its unique challenges. We’ll help you understand all the considerations both in the short and long term, from speaking to your child about adoption to managing the relationship with the birth family.

Understand the legalities

You may have concerns around the legalities of building your family through adoption. We’ll help you identify the issues you could come up against so you can be prepared and plan now for the future.

Let’s start your adoption journey today:


Step 1. Book a consult

 Schedule a free consult with our experts to tell us about your journey so far.


Step 2. Receive guidance

We'll provide guidance and advice that's tailored to your unique situation.


Step 3. Build your family

Start building your family with the peace of mind of step-by-step expert guidance.

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Two steps you can take right now, while waiting for your child...

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