Jacqueline M. Lorento—Executive Director
Joshua Tree Adoptions started as a dream in the heart of the founder, Jacqueline Lorento. Joshua Tree began as an adoption home-study agency.
Jaci is the Executive Director and Visionary for Joshua Tree Adoptions. She and her husband Chris have adopted 6 children. Their oldest son, Nick, age 29, was adopted domestically at 7 months old. Their daughter, Ligia, age 22 was adopted from Chone, Ecuador and ignited a desire and passion to place children from Ecuador. They adopted four more children from Ecuador who are now 18, 17, 16, and 13.
It was the experience of adopting Ligia that led them to start Joshua Tree Adoptions.
Jaci is a Registered Nurse. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Services and a Master's degree in Business Administration. In June 2015, Jaci graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Theology from Faith Christian University. She has now finished her Master's in Pastoral Leadership.
In the summer of 2007, a colleague was retiring and Joshua Tree acquired their programs. At that time the programs were Ecuador, Guatemala, and Ukraine. Ecuador remains a stable program while sadly the country of Guatemala was unable to continue with adoptions.
The first office was a shared space with an International Missions agency. Joshua Tree grew to need its own office building and is now located in a small yellow house on a busy street. Joshua Tree Adoptions is located in sunny Clearwater, on the west coast of Florida.