Meet the Illien Staff



Founder and Executive Director

Founder of Illien Adoptions International, Inc. in 1982. She is the Administrator of the day-to-day operations of the Agency in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for Child-Placing Agencies of the Georgia Department of Human Services and in accordance with the Council on Accreditation for accreditation under the Hague Adoption Convention. She also serves as the President of the Corporation. Since the Agency's beginning in 1982 she has opened programs and/or assisted with intercountry adoptions from India, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bolivia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and to France and the Netherlands. She served as the Executive Director of Illien Adoptions International, Ltd. from 1982 to 1993, She served as the Executive Director of Williams-Illien Adoptions, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee from April 1993 to June 1998. She returned to Georgia as Executive Director of Illien Adoptions International, Inc. from 1998 to the present.

Her academic background is as follows: PhD studies at University of California at Berkeley, California, and Columbia University in New York City, NY. MA from Middlebury College School of Languages in Middlebury, Vermont; BS in French from Columbia University, New York City, NY; Diplome de la langue francaise from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, Diploma of Nursing from Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Registered Nurse, fluent in French, some Spanish. She taught French at Columbia University in New York City, NY at the University of California at Berkeley, CA, and at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

Served as consultant for using the arts for urban revitalization in Washington, DC. Atlanta, GA Newport News, VA and Flint, MI. Worked for Central Atlanta Progress in Atlanta, GA as Marketing Director. Served ten years as the Director of Galerie Illien, an international art gallery in Atlanta, GA. Received Governor's Award in the Arts from Governor Jimmy Carter. Graduated from Leadership Atlanta. Graduated from Leadership Georgia.

Widely traveled all over the world. Single parent of three adopted children, two from India, one from USA. Currently serves on the Board of Directors of PeaceActs, Inc. CFO and member of the Board of Directors of Illien Foundation for Children, Inc. and founder of Field of Dreams, Inc. Executive Director of Illien Adoptions International, Inc, a 501(c)(3) international adoption agency.

Thirty years of administrative and directorship experience in international adoption. In September 2012, Anna Belle was recognized as one of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's ANGELS IN ADOPTION for 2012.



Home Study and Post Placement Caseworker

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a major in Psychology. She is fluent in French and has traveled throughout the world and experienced many different cultures. She was adopted from India when she was three months old and has been involved with adoption in some way or another all of her life, as she grew up watching her mother, Anna Belle Illien, interact with adoptive families and children. She started working for the Agency in 2002 and has moved into various positions since then. At present, Elizabeth serves as Senior Caseworker, preparing Hague home studies and post placement/post adoption supervisory reports. Elizabeth has 14 years of experience in international adoption, and her experience as an adoptee is of great value to adoptive parents in their preparation for adoption and in the post adoption period of adjustment and parenting their child.