About Small Miracles Adoption (SMA)
Originally incorporated by Edie and Joseph Pendleton in January of 2010, Small Miracles Adoption Inc. was founded to assist clients complete and file Step-Parent, Private-Direct and Adult Adoptions.
As a prerequisite to licensing as a full provincial adoption agency, in 2014 the company re-incorporated as a not-for-profit. On December 1, 2014, Small Miracles Adoption became a fully licensed not-for-profit Alberta Adoption Agency! We are Alberta’s newest adoption agency in a least a couple of decades. Full agency status affords Small Miracles the opportunity to offer a full range of adoption services in Alberta.
Both individually and collectively, Edie and Joe have a wide range of personal involvement and experience with adoption.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Edie grew up in a blended family consisting of 6 brothers, two of which are step-siblings. Edie has been a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers since 2002. She obtained a Diploma in Social Work from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton and a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary. Edie has worked in the adoption arena since 2006 and was previously a Director of another adoption agency. She has extensive experience in the health care industry and also holds an active license as a security professional. Her skills include (but are not limited to) supportive counselling, coaching, crisis intervention, and the facilitation, preparation and filing of adoptions.
Joe Pendleton was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Both Joe and his brother were adopted. Joe moved to Edmonton in the early 1970’s to pursue a career in Law Enforcement with Edmonton Police Service (EPS). After 26 years of service, he chose to retire and was recruited by Service Alberta, where he created and managed the Special Investigations Unit. Joe remained with the Alberta Government until 2009 and is currently a licensed Private Investigator. Joe is also our Office Manager.
Edie and Joe formed a blended family of their own comprising three daughters (ages ranging from 25 – 37). In 2007, Joe legally adopted Edie’s biological daughter.
Accredited Step Parent Counsellors
In October 2011, Edie and Joe attended special training in New York City, with internationally renowned Dr. Jeannette Lofas, and were certified as Stepfamily Counsellors.