Adoption STAR

Michael Hill, MS

Associate Director

Michael Hill is the Associate Director. He has been with Adoption STAR since 2009 when he joined the agency as the Project Lead for the federally funded Infant Adoption Awareness Training Project (IAATP).


Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Luther College. In 1998, Michael started his professional career as a case manager at AIDS Community Services of Western New York, Inc. in 1999, Michael joined the Olmsted Center for Sight and held several positions with the organization, including Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Communications Specialist/Student Services Adviser. In 2005, Michael became the director of Development and Public Relations for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, and in 2007 he joined Upstate New York Transplant Services as their Director of Education.

As Associate Director for Adoption STAR, Michael plans, organizes and directs the day-to-day operations of various departments at the agency. In addition, he assists the CEO in the implementation of strategies and systems that ensure that agency operations meet the highest standards of quality. Michael also establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in the community.


His role as Associate Director enhances his original role as IAATP Project Lead by conducting and overseeing marketing and outreach related activities in an effort to arrange in-services and new partnerships within the community.

Michael is a strong and passionate speaker, and an enthusiastic advocate of permanency planning. As an adoptive father he treasures the fact that he can be a part of the adoption process. Michael’s work is important to him and he is passionate about increasing the agency’s educational outreach within the community. “Pregnancy counseling and adoption education is so important today,” Michael said. “I am looking forward to introducing our curriculum and information to groups, organizations, medical facilities and schools.”

In addition, Michael is the treasurer of the Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies (CAFFA), a group of 20+ child welfare organizations in the eight counties that make up Western New York.  He’s also a member of the Strategic Leadership Team at Smallwood Drive Elementary School’s PTA.


Michael resides in Snyder, New York with his husband Scott and their sons Elijah and Seth. Michael’s favorite pastimes include singing, tennis, gardening and taking his boys for bike rides at local parks or around their neighborhood.