About Us

Here's our story.

Who we are.

A Guardian Angel isn’t just our name, it’s the way we see our role in your adoption process. We founded A Guardian Angel in 2004 as three experienced and discerning adoptive mothers. We set out to change the adoption process and bring compassion, love, and completion to each family who walked through our doors. As a fully licensed national newborn and domestic infant adoption agency, our dream is to complete families with passion and professionalism. We offer individualized programs, uniquely suited to each situation.

What sets us apart.

At A Guardian Angel, we strongly emphasize ethics in adoption. The safety of the birth parents, the child, and adoptive family are paramount. OUr team of veteran social workers have thousands of hours of the adoption experience. Your social worker will be your personal guide throughout the entire process.

Lori Laird

Director of Birthmother Services

Lori has years of experience overseeing and supervising all aspects of the Birthmother Service department. She has designed a birthmother department that truly expresses the love and gratitude she feels for each birthmothers. Lori creates a caring relationship with hundreds of birthmothers. Lori has created a unique kinship with thousands of birth mothers over the past two decades. Birthmothers seek her special gift of guidance and assurance on the adoption journey. She is a strong and compassionate leader.

Lori has organized and completed a Sub-for-Santa program for hundreds of needy women and children in the inner-city projects. She is actively involved in the families for African American Awareness support group since 1997. Lori is a member of UAC (Utah adoption Council) and NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children.) She has also trained at the UAC annual adoption conference on “Parenting the Transracially Adopted Child.” Lori and her husband have six children. She loves to go camping and four wheeling with her family.

Yvonne Johanson

Director of Adoptive Family Services

Yvonne previously directed the Adoptive Family department for a local adoption agency. This is where she discovered her love for the privilege of bringing birthmothers and adoptive families together. Yvonne is now the Director of the Adoptive Family department for A Guardian Angel Adoption, LLC, and owns the agency along with two of her closest friends. Yvonne has had the privilege of leading hundreds of families and birth mothers through their adoption experience, helping to establish a bond between the two.

Yvonne has been actively involved in the Primary Presidency of the Genesis Group as well as in Families for African American Awareness. She has also volunteered for the Ouelessebougou Utah Alliance. Yvonne has trained with NACAC and is a member of and the 2006-07 President of the Utah Adoption Council. She has also presented at the UAC annual adoption conference on “Parenting The Transracially Adopted Child.”

Yvonne is married to Jack and is the Mother of four children. Joshua (Alysha), Taylor, Lauren, and Elijah. Her greatest joy comes from parenting her children and seeing them grow. In her spare time, Yvonne loves to be on the water boating with her family.

Kim Brown

Director of Financial Services

Kim has two decades of experience overseeing the management, financial and personnel of A Guardian Angel Adoptions. She works closely with the adoption professionals as well as the auditors, tax consultants and medical leaders in adoption. Kim continues to be knowledgeable in the adoption
process, financial aspects following carefully the rules and regulations necessary for adoption. She is organized in every detail and manages her staff, time and resources with exactness.

Kim is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at Utah Valley University. She has been an educator for the over 30 years at two major universities in Utah. For the past ten years, she also is the Liaison for Digital Media Essentials for Concurrent Enrollment. She was recently honored as the winner for CTE Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year for the IT Division and won the Utah Association for Career and Technical Education Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. Her own DGM colleagues nominated her for this award for the second time because of her outstanding service to the department, college and university.

Kim received her M.Ed degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education/Administrative Systems with a minor in Business Administration from Utah State University.

Kim and her husband enjoy three children through adoption and share a transracial adoption experience with many of AGAA adoptive families. She loves adoption and offers the most wonderful perspective of love, education and purpose to all those who know her.


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