About Us

We Are The Oldest Florida-Based Adoption Agency

About Us

Adoption by Shepherd Care (ASC) was founded in 1980 and is currently the oldest Florida-based adoption agency assisting Expectant Parents facing unplanned pregnancies and Prospective Adoptive Families desiring to become parents through adoption.

ASC is a faith based agency offering adoption support to clients of all faith backgrounds. Our staff has a combined total of over 100 years of experience. We have the knowledge and understanding to lead you through every step of the adoption journey.


To provide competent and compassionate adoption services to birth parents, prospective adoptive parent(s), and children needing a forever family.

Our Professional Team

Joseph Sica

Executive Director

Joseph has served as Executive Director of ASC since July 2001. He is responsible for the overall vision, direction, and development of ASC as a whole. He oversees the daily operations including social services provided, vendors, finances, and the Board of Directors. He believes the mission of Adoption by Shepherd Care is to serve expectant parents and prospective adoptive families with competence, compassion, and passion. 

Nidia Sica

Director Of Social Services

Nidia serves as Director of Social Services. She supervises home study staff to ensure all prospective adoptive parents are prepared to adopt. She coordinates with expectant mother counselors in order to facilitate quick and accurate dissemination of all information and verifies that the adoption process is current and accurate.

Bayleigh Howe

Expectant Mother Counselor

Bayleigh serves as ASC’s main expectant mother counselor in the Orlando office. She provides adoption counseling and education to expectant mothers looking to make an adoption plan. She assists expectant mothers with their financial, medical, grocery, and housing needs during their pregnancy, as well as on setting goals and for their life post-placement.

Angela Knapp

Adoption Services Supervisor

Angela prepares prospective adoptive parent(s) prior to adopting and works with them post-adoption to ensure everyone is adjusting. She offers a unique perspective in preparing prospective adoptive parent(s) as an adoptive parent of two boys

Isabel Cardenas

Office Administrator

Isabel serves as ASC’s receptionist, coordinating with Social Security, and Florida’s Office of Vital Statistics. She completes legal packets for ASC’s attorney, coordinates all appointments for the staff, and communicates with families and birth mothers regarding their exchange agreements.

Adoption Stories

When I first called Adoption by Shepherd Care, I didn’t even know what questions to ask…

My caseworker was very caring and made me feel comfortable, and she didn’t try to sell me on the idea of adoption. She gave me a lot of information and in time I did decide that it was the best decision for me and my baby. I am so glad that I called Adoption by Shepherd Care and that they worked with me even though I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.


When I first called Adoption by Shepherd Care, I didn’t even know what questions to ask…

I had three children who all lived with me. Another baby would have been too much for me, a single mother. I was working but I was already having a hard time providing for the family that I have. It’s not only about the finances, but there’s also a lot more to it. I chose adoption and even though it was hard I never regretted my decision. Just because a decision is really hard doesn’t mean it is the wrong decision. Adoption was the best thing I could do for my baby’s future and the future of my other kids.


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