We are licensed by the State of Texas to provide professional, full-service adoption assistance statewide. We understand that everyone faces different circumstance and has different needs.
Expectant Parents: We are here to help you make an adoption plan that meets your needs.
We know that you are seeking our help during a time of crisis, and our goal is meet your needs and address your concerns quickly and with compassion. To serve you, here are just some of the services that we provide:
- A personal counselor to provide helpful, friendly, compassionate advice and meet you exactly where you are
- Assistance with living and medical expenses during pregnancy
- Freedom to choose the adoptive family you want and design a personalized birth and adoption plan
- Consultation with an independent attorney
- We have qualified adoption counselors in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Amarillo areas who are waiting to serve you
Adoptive Parents: We are here to guide and support your adoption journey
We know that deciding to adopt is not an easy choice, and finding an agency to help make your adoption journey a success can be difficult. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we have helped loving families from coast to coast achieve their dream of parenthood. We will help you prepare for an adoption plan and will support you throughout the adoption process. To help you build your family, here are some of the services we provide:
- Adoption education that will clearly explain the adoption process, and help you make the adoption plan that is right for you
- Create an adoptive parent profile that will reflect your commitment to making or growing your family
- Provide a thorough home study that meets Texas and interstate requirements
- Full-service adoption placement
- Post adoption support to guide you through the legal process of making a permanent addition to your family
We work with parents in almost every state to help you grow your families.
Meet Our Staff
Jennifer Morrison, BS, CPMS
Executive Director, Dallas Area
Jennifer Morrison has been working with Adoption Choices of Texas since the organization began in 2012. Ms. Morrison has an extensive history working in the field and has participated in over 200 adoptions throughout her career. She has fourteen years of experience in adoption ranging from home study services, birth parent services, adoptive parent services and adoption-specific legal services. Ms. Morrison graduated with a BS in Sociology from Texas Wesleyan University and is qualified as Child Placement Management Staff (CPMS). She is a Texas native, the mother of three beautiful daughters and currently resides in Denton.
Patricia Vera, LMSW, LCPAA
Licensed Administrator & Child Placement Manager, San Antonio Area
Pat Vera has been with Adoption Choices of Texas since the agency opened its doors in the Spring of 2012. Ms. Vera is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA). Ms. Vera holds a masters degree from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) and a BA from OLLU in Psychology. Her work experience includes eight years at Child Protective Services, 23 years at Mission Road Developmental Center and five years as a social worker at University Hospital in San Antonio. Ms. Vera lives in San Antonio where she is active in her church and directs a Spanish choir.
Devin Vinson, Esq.
In-House Counsel, Austin Area
Devin Vinson has been the director of operations for Adoption Choices of Texas since the agency opened its doors in 2012. Focusing exclusively on family formation, Mr. Vinson devotes his career in the law to his passion of adoption relationships that promote the very best outcomes for the child, the birth parents and the adopting family. Mr. Vinson has a law degree from the University of Houston and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and daughter.
Office Manager, Austin Area
Ali Sanders holds a degree in Political Science from the College of Santa Fe and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms.Sanders has a background in legal support, grant writing, and administrative assistance. She is excited to be a part of the Adoption Choices team, and believes that adoption is a brave, miraculous path to building family. Ms. Sanders resides in Austin and enjoys playing music and spoiling her dog, Josie.
Adoption Coordinator/Admin., Houston Area
Dawn Stabler holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science from the Center for Advanced Legal Studies and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. Mrs. Stabler was a Paralegal for about 8 years until working for Adoption Choices of Texas. Mrs. Stabler is more than grateful to be a part of Adoption Choices of Texas and believes that it is a very rewarding job to be able to help Adoptive Parents fulfill their dreams of having a child. Mrs. Stabler resides in Conroe with her husband and two beautiful children, Judd and June.
Social Worker, Houston Area
Natalie has spent the past 11 years working in all aspects of adoption. She began her career working with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. After moving a few times for her husband’s career, she is thrilled to find herself back with Adoption Choices. She believes every case, every adoptive couple and every birth mom she has had the privilege of working with has left an impression on her heart. Natalie has experienced adoption from all angles, as she is an adoptee herself and as an adult has reunified with her birth father. Natalie resides in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and 3 daughters.
Gina Thomas, MA
Adoption Counselor, Training Supervisor, Houston Area
Gina Thomas received her BA in English at Texas Southern University and her Master’s degree in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. She has dedicated the last four years of her career to creating and supporting connections for children and families. Ms. Thomas has extensive experience working with children and families as a school counselor, home evaluator and adoption counselor. Ms. Thomas is an asset to all members of the adoption triad with whom she works. She is a Texas native and lives in Houston.
Danielle Washington, MSW
Adoption Counselor, Houston Area
Danielle Washington is a native of Louisiana currently living in Houston with her husband and two children. Mrs. Washington received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Northwestern State University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her work experience includes Social Services, in home intensive therapy and case management. She is excited and honored to join the amazing team at Adoption Choices of Texas.
Adoption Counselor, Dallas Area
Ashley Daly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Texas State University. Ashley has been working in the field of social work over the course of the last 8 years and has had the opportunity of working to positively impact the lives of women, children and teens throughout her career. Mrs. Daly is passionate about adoption and feels honored to be a part of Adoption Choices of Texas and the privilege to help build families. It is Ashley’s passion to advocate and support birth mothers throughout their emotional journey of adoption. Ashley is in Austin native who now resides in Dallas with her husband.
Adoption Counselor, Dallas Area
Angie Daniel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University. She has worked as an Adoption Specialist and Counselor over the last eight years supporting birth and adoptive families with adoption education, birth family counseling, home studies, and parenting training. Angie is committed to providing you with a positive and caring experience as you work with Adoption Choices of Texas. She is a Dallas native and resides in Fort Worth.
Becky A Valenzuela, LMSW/LADAC
Adoption Counselor, El Paso Area
Becky Valenzuela obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM with a minor in Drug and Alcohol. She has had the privilege of working with children in foster care for over 6 years and has also been a treatment foster parent for 5 years in New Mexico. Mrs. Valenzuela brings a unique experience and has a passion in working as an adoption counselor through Adoption Choices of Texas. Her work experience includes working in an inpatient mental hospital, in home intensive therapy, Multi systemic therapy, substance abuse treatment and case management. Mrs. Valenzuela will be working the El Paso Tx region and is also bilingual.
Amanda Bailey, LMSW
Adoption Counselor, Austin Area
Amanda has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Amanda has been a licensed social worker since 2015 and has experience with forensic and clinical assessment and case management in many social work settings and fields. Amanda’s passion for empowering and supporting those in need and her unwavering ethical principle of respecting the worth and dignity of each person have always guided her work. Amanda is very excited to join the Adoption Choices team and feels inspired and grateful to be working with parents and families of adoption. Amanda is a Louisiana native, but currently lives in Austin with her husband and son.
Adoption Counselor, Austin Area
Hi! My name is Sarah Land and I am one of the Adoption Counselors in Austin, Texas. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Life Coach also certified in Advanced Mediation and Collaboration, as well as Critical Incident Stress Management. As an Adoption Counselor, I’ll answer your questions. In short, we’re here for you every step of the way!
Kenna Hamm, LMSW
Adoption Counselor, Austin Area
Kenna Hamm has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Direct Practice Social Work from Texas State University in San Marcos. She has had the privilege of working with birth parents and adoptive families during her previous employment as a Perinatal Social Worker at a local hospital. Ms. Hamm brings unique experience and passion for adoption to her current role. She believes Adoption Choices of Texas is an amazing organization and is grateful to work with such a dedicated group of professionals. Ms. Hamm lives in the beautiful Hill Country with her husband and daughter.
Julissa D. Garza, MS, LCDC-I
Adoption Counselor, McAllen Area
Julissa Garza has earned her Master’s Degree in Sociology and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas Pan American. She also holds a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern certification. Ms. Garza has experience working with youth and families since 2010 and substance abuse treatment as well. She truly delivers her heart to this field of work. Ms. Garza is grateful to be joining a team with such strong vision and leadership. She currently resides in Edinburg, Texas with her husband and son, and is also bilingual.
Adoption Counselor, McAllen Area
Nichole Valenta obtained her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling and her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitative Services with a concentration in Addiction studies at The University of Texas Pan American. Nichole has worked with several different populations over the years, but has found her passion as a counselor in the Adoption Field. Nichole believes all individuals are unique and lives by a holistic approach. Mrs. Valenta has a fueling fire for the field of adoption and is honored to be working with Adoption Choices of Texas. Nichole is a Texas native and lives in McAllen with her husband and three beautiful children.
Brenda Acevedo, MS, LCDCi
Adoption Counselor, San Antonio Area
Brenda Acevedo holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Excelsior College in New York and a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in Maryland. Mrs. Acevedo has been working in the social services field for about 6 years, and she enjoys helping people achieve their goals with unconditional support, and motivational mentoring. Mrs. Acevedo enjoys working with families and joining together those who are in need of support. She enjoys being able to facilitate resources to those in need so that they can achieve a positive secure future. Brenda is a New York native, and after being in the NAVY she has become a South Texas resident for around 10 years. She resides in San Antonio with her boyfriend Roger and dog Bogey.