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“The future is bright regardless of your background or obstacles”

Connie Going is a true expert in the field of adoption. Not only has she worked as a caseworker for years, Connie is the mother of two foster children and knows firsthand the ample blessings and struggles involved. After witnessing the ins and outs of the child welfare system, Connie set out on a mission to create a national campaign advocating for longterm adoption. She believes strongly with the right tools and support adoptive families can overcome the hardships and thrive. Each day is filled with a bounty of possibilities and hope regardless of circumstance. Laugh, cry, and be inspired as Connie shares uniques heartfelt stories of her days working in nearly every area of adoption and being a mom to traumatized teens.

Career Accomplishments

  • Completed more than 1,000 permanent adoptions
  • Co-founded the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, a nonprofit that connects adoptive families with waiting children
  • Provided adoption agencies with innovative tools, marketing strategies, and social media support
  • Worked in nearly every area of adoption, serving as a case worker, a federal subsidy reviewer, a mediator and more.
  • Helped develop the weekly “Wednesday’s Child” television new series, a powerful recruitment tool for waiting children.

“Connie has so much knowledge about navigating the foster/adoption system. She is a great resource!”

Laurie Levine

“I heard Connie speak at a foster parent training event. She was inspirational and educational.”


“As a speaker, Connie is re-energizing for anyone who is feeling defeated.”

Laryssa, Adoptive Parent