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Anna Maria DiDio, MSW

Adoption Life Coach

About Me

  • When I had my first miscarriage at age twenty-eight, the bricks holding up my marriage came tumbling down and we divorced soon after.

  • I remarried at age thirty-four and had another miscarriage.

  • We began an open adoption process.

  • As we waited to be selected by a birth mother, I discovered that I was pregnant and we had a beautiful baby girl.

  • Three years later after another miscarriage, we began an open adoption process again and after two years on the waiting list, the adoption agency closed without warning.

  • After months of soul searching, we initiated an international adoption plan and successfully welcomed a seven-year-old girl from an orphanage in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

  • Family life did not go as planned.

  • I wrote a book about our journey to expand the conversation around adoption and to prepare parents for the simultaneous joyous and tumultuous ride ahead.

Helping Familes Move Forward Together

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A Personal Approach

If you are struggling - waiting for your adoption plan to be completed I can help with coping strategies.


If adoption is the right path for the family you are meant to have, I will assist you with setting expectations for family life.

I understand that sometimes clients struggle to express themselves. I develop relationships with clients that help provide a safe and helpful place in which to feel, understand, trust, and grow. 

My personalized approach in a comfortable and supportive space is a valuable first step.

Anna Maria DiDio, MSW

MY Services

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Pre-Adoption Support

Supportive services are available pre-adoption as you manage stress and the upcoming challenge of inviting a child into your family. I will help you to manage expectations - from hopeful to stressful to joyful, focusing on being realistic about the challenges faced throughout the adoption process.​

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Post-adoption Parenting Support

Supportive services are available post-adoption that will aid in the transition to move forward together as a family. I will help with understanding issues related to parenting an adopted child, for example, behavioral issues stemming from loss.

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Career Coaching 

For adoptive families who are experiencing career challenges, job elimination or transition issues, I offer employment coaching and resume review. I can give support regarding new career plans and decisions, give insight as to how to build a network and restore confidence in your interview skills and overall job search. Together we can clarify a realistic job target and build a  plan to reach your goal.

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If you would like me to contact you for a free 15-minute exploratory phone conversation, please request a booking...

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Now available

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My Medium Publication

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Anna Maria holds a BA in Psychology from Villanova University, and MSW in Family Specialization from the University of Pennsylvania. An Adoption L.I.F.E. Coach, she has assisted many families struggling as they wait for the completion of their adoption plan. Anna Maria has also provided valuable input on adoptive family adjustment issues.


As a corporate HR Professional, she has coached senior leaders across many industries. Serving as a trusted advisor on all human capital matters, she specializes in Executive Coaching, Facilitation/Mediation, Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Leadership Development.

For over twenty years, Anna Maria DiDio has devoted her time and talents to many non-profit organizations focusing on women, girls, and families in the US and developing countries. She is currently President-elect of Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia, which provides micro-finance loans and Giving Circle grants to women living in extreme poverty.

Anna Maria is the mother of two young wonderful women and loves to travel, cook, shop and watch movies with them – together or separately – depending on any number of mitigating factors. She never says no to a chocolate chip cookie and lives in Philadelphia with her husband Richard.

Anna Maria's travel writing and other essays can be found on The Bean's Talk – her Medium publication.

In June of 2019 Anna Maria published Love at the Border, An Adoption Memoir from Mexico. This is the true story of how her family was created and it is now available on Amazon.

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