Who We Are 2018-12-10T19:13:36+00:00

About Us

Debra Hewitt, M.S.

Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services was founded by Debra Hewitt, M.S. and was simply the next step in a career that spans over 20 years and has always been connected to working with children and families. As a resident of Orlando since she was four-years old, ‘Sunshine State’ seemed a fitting name when she founded a non-profit agency to serve the Florida adoption community.

Debra holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University, respectively. Debra has worked with adoptive families, providing home studies and adoption services for over 18 years. Debra employs a team of social workers to help her offer services to the entire State of Florida. All of her social workers are also adoptive parents and their passion for helping families goes way beyond the paperwork.

On the personal side, Debra truly understands the adoption process which ends in the ultimate thrill: a family. She and her husband, John, have three adopted children that bring joy to their lives every single day. Debra is active in the central Florida adoption community, providing support to waiting families and to those who already have a placement of a child, but may still have questions from the most simple to emotional and complex. Throughout her career, Debra has helped over 2000 children find a permanent home with loving parents. When she finds a brief moment of downtime, Debra enjoys walking, reading, sewing and watching Hallmark Christmas movies.

About Pam Weyh

Pam Weyh has worked in the adoption field since 2003. After finding her passion working with adoptive families and children, Pam followed her dream and returned to school as an adult and graduated with her masters in social work from University of Central Florida in 2005, with special training in children, families and addictions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and loves all areas of her job.

Pam spends her free time in the kitchen cooking and baking, reading, learning and traveling. She also loves spending time with her four children and seven grandchildren. Pam believes children are a blessing beyond price and that all children deserve a safe, loving home with a parent or parents who will nurture and unconditionally love them.

About Stacy Johnson

Stacy has been working in child welfare since graduating from Florida State University in 2007. She has experience working with families through the dependency system, as well as helping people create families through adoption. Stacy has expertise in the following adoption areas: special needs, relative, domestic, international, embryo, as well as private and state adoptions. Stacy covers the Florida Panhandle.
Stacy lives in North Florida with her husband and together they enjoy traveling, boating, and spending time with their families.

About Clara Donis-Girma

Clara Donis-Girma has worked in the adoption field since 2007. She was adopted from Guatemala at 13 years of age with her two brothers. Her own experience inspired her to help families in the process of adoption. Clara has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and currently works in the agency’s administrative department. She also assists families adopting through foster care. In her spare time, Clara enjoys traveling, going to the beach, reading and spending time with family and friends.

About Hillary Robbins

Hillary Robbins and her husband have adopted two children from China, giving her both a professional and personal understanding of the adoption process. Hillary works in the agency’s Research and Review department. She brings a wealth of expertise with her qualifications and experience providing clients with trusted expertise and guidance. She previously worked for the United States Courts, where she followed a best practice model in ethics and confidentiality, especially when work involved high profile cases. Following Hillary’s career with the federal government, she successfully transitioned into the corporate world of Pharmaceutical Sales. Before joining the team at Sunshine, Hillary completed certification in non-profit management and worked as a consultant for government agencies, small businesses and non-profit organizations.