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Welcome to Southern Utah Adoption an affiliate of Utah Home Study, Southern Region.  We are committed to serving you and helping you through a sometimes confusing process.  We have competent and caring professionals.

Our Mission

We have made the commitment to provide professional and competent adoption services for you our clients. We are committed to helping to promote a warm and friendly atmosphere in which we enjoy building relationships with our clients. We are committed to keeping our services affordable in order to allow access for all to the incredible opportunity of adoption.

Our Professionals:

Jill Valentine, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the helping profession for more than twenty two years.  Being a St. George local resident, she is available and accessible and you can rely on her help and professionalism to guide you at each step of the home study.  Jill completes both home studies and post placement interviews.

Dr. Alan Saunders, PhD, LCSW is an adoption advocate and Adoption Social Worker. For over 14 years he has been committed adoption advocacy and to the delivery of Adoption services to birth parents, adoptive parents and children in Utah. He has extensive experience in screening, evaluation, birth parent support and counseling and birth parent relinquishments.  His years of experience in providing services to both placing and adoptive families includes instruction, evaluation, and support.  Alan completes both home studies and post placement interviews.

Lilliam Henningson, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who deals with all different types of population on a daily basis. She enjoys working with adults and children. She has been in the helping profession for more than ten years, but helping is something she has always enjoyed. As a worker with Utah Home Study, Southern Region, you can rely on her help and professionalism to guide you at each step of the home study completion process with ease, honesty and trust.  Adoption can be a joyful and yet, stressful event for couples and Lilliam will help you through.  Lilliam completes both home studies and post placement interviews.

Collectively, we have completed over 250 home studies and nearly 600 post placements interviews.  We would love to help you with yours!


Our purpose at Southern Utah Adoption is to find the strengths and benefits you offer to a perspective adoptive child not to look for problems in your home or family.  A home study, as its name implies, examines the dwelling of the prospective parents. Some factors that are taken into account include the cleanliness and condition of the home, safety, sanitation, and the neighborhood where the home is located.  Factors pertaining to the individual family members includes their desire to adopt, their understanding of the relationship between adoptive parents and children, and their openness to addressing the unique issues associated with adoption.  If there are any concerns or issues to be resolved, we will be specific and clear as to what would need to happen to qualify and receive an approved home study.


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