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
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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 adoption field and has participated in many adoptions throughout her career in the past 17 years. She has worked with attorneys that specialize in adoption and has a knowledgeable understanding of each level of the adoption process. From birth parent counseling, home studies, profiles and adoptive parent support, from start to finish, you will feel valued working with Jennifer as she truly gives her dedication and expertise to each individual to make adoption an amazing journey from every aspect. Ms. Morrison graduated with a BS in Sociology from Texas Wesleyan University and is qualified as Child Placement Management Staff (CPMS). Ms. Morrison says, “I believe my calling is helping people in the adoption journey, and I look forward to creating your journey with respect, support , and overall with love! I feel that Adoption Choices of Texas excels above any other agency, our team is amazing. Our one on one contact makes us stand out. I am excited to work with you on your journey!”
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.
Adoptive Parent Coordinator and Executive Director Assistant/HR, 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.
Paralegal, Austin Area
Melek Speros holds both a BA and a JD from The University of Texas at Austin. She also has an active practice as an independent home birth midwife in Austin. She is so happy to join the team at Adoption Choices of Texas and put both her legal and medical knowledge to good use. In her free time, Melek enjoys spending time with her three young sons and enoys all the live music Austin has to offer.
Program Associate Director, Houston Area
Sha’Tara Robinson is a Louisiana native but has resided in Texas for the majority of her life. She obtained her Bachelors of Science, majoring in Psychology at Angelo State University in 2014. She then completed her Masters of Arts in Counseling in 2016 at East Texas Baptist University. Sha’Tara has worked in Behavioral Health and foster care since 2015. She is excited to contribute to Adoption Choices of Texas and helping families continue to grow through adoption. Her passion to see families excel as a cohesive unit makes her love what she does. Sha’Tara’s eclectic taste in music contributes to her self-care along with watching football, spending time with family and friends and living a healthy lifestyle.
Office Manager, Austin Area
Sue Garcia has a Masters Degree in Organizational and Human Resource Development. Her experience includes various fields where good communication, work flow organization and record keeping are vital to a smooth operation. She knows the importance of accurate details for seeing the big picture. Not new to adoption, she is excited to be a part of helping place children in families where they will be loved and nurtured. She grew up in the Navy and has had the opportunity to live abroad and visit many different locations around the world. She still loves to travel and enjoys foods and stories of many cultures. Mother of three, she moved to Austin to be close to two really cool grandchildren.
Amanda Bailey, LMSW
Adoption Counselor, Austin Area
Adoption Counselor, San Antonio Area
Adoption Counselor, Houston Area
Jessica Quiroga was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and moved to McAllen, Texas during high school. She had resided there until she moved to Katy, Texas 2 years ago. She obtained her Bachelors of Science, majoring in Psychology at the University of Texas- Pan American. Jessica is planning to continue her education to obtain her Master’s degree. Jessica is qualified as Child Placement Management Staff (CPMS) and intends to test to obtain her Licensed Child Placing Agency Administer (LCPAA). Jessica has spent the last 5 years working at a therapeutic foster care agency where she held multiple titles: licensing specialist, case manager, and regional director. Jessica is very excited to join Adoption Choices of Texas and help make the change in the lives of everyone involved in the process. Jessica enjoys spending her time with her 3 children and working out.
Adoption Counselor, Dallas Area
Jesusa Spencer has just recently joined the team here at Adoption Choices of Texas. Ms. Spencer is bringing with her over 20 years of industry experience, having worked extensively with the homeless youth population in Sanford, Florida, partnered with Seminole County’s Sheriff’s Office to ensure domestic safety for children, and most recently was responsible for the case management of a large population of immigrant minors throughout the entire southern region of America. She hopes to use her extensive experience to aide in adoptive parent support, making you feel understood and taken care of throughout the entire process. Ms. Spencer earned a BA in Criminal Psychology from John Jay University while raising two children in the Bronx, NY. With them out of the nest, she currently resides in Grand Prairie, Texas with her lovable rescue dog, Ryno.
Melissa Trevino (Independent Contractor)
Home Study Specialist, Austin Area
Melissa Trevino is originally from Lubbock where she earned my bachelors degree in human services and masters degree in educational psychology both from Wayland Baptist University. She worked as a parole officer for 17 years then decided to go into the insurance industry where she still has the opportunity to help others in need. Melissa contracted for about 6 years in Lubbock and enjoyed helping families prepare for their new addition to their family and most importantly ensuring a safe place for children. Melissa has a grown son and daughter that reside in Lubbock and 5 beautiful grandchildren that she adores!
Pekeetia Barbour (Independent Contractor)
Home Study Specialist, Austin Area
Pekeetia Barbour is originally from San Jose, California, and has lived in Austin, TX since 2007. Pekeetia received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and her Associates in Accounting. She worked for the Department of State Health Services as an Accountant and then decided to return to Teaching Early Childhood Education. Pekeetia has a love for shaping young minds to prepare children for an exceptional future. Pekeetia is excited to join the Adoption Choices of Texas to help ensure that children are in a loving and safe environment. During her spare time, Pekeetia enjoys baking, working out, family functions and watching Superhero movies with her son.
Jeri Carraway (Independent Contractor)
Home Study Specialist, Dallas Area
Jeri Carraway is originally from Dallas, TX where she earned her associate degree in PC Support from Richland Community College and her bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Political Science with minors in Criminal Justice and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has worked in the social services field for over 12 years and she enjoys advocating for reuniting and building families. Her work experience includes 6 years with Child Protective Services including; supervision, legal, and investigations and 5 1/2 years at Texas Mentor CPA including; intake, case management, and recruitment. Jeri lives in Arlington, TX with her husband and 2 dogs.
Scott Mansfield (Independent Contractor)
Home Study Specialist, Lubbock Area
Scott was born in Lubbock Texas, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and finally made his way back to Texas in 2014. Scott has a BS in Human Development from Amridge University and is currently completing his hours for a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lubbock Christian University. He currently works at The Children’s Home of Lubbock as Unit Director of therapeutic foster care. He is also a licensed therapeutic foster parent. Scott has dedicated the past 20 plus years to helping children from hard places. Scott and his wife have also adopted two children along with one biological son. Scott is extremely passionate about foster care and adoption and is excited to continue to help families transition to adoptive parents.