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Staff Spotlight: Cindi Whitenight, Paralegal

Cindi is a long-time friend of the firm as she was previously a Supervisor of Family Court and Deputy Clerk of Family Court at the Spartanburg County Courthouse for 12 years. During her time with the courthouse, Cindi worked closely with attorneys, judges, and pro se litigants. Some of her duties included writing court orders, […]

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Staff Spotlight: Mary Waldrop, Paralegal

Mary Waldrop joined the firm in 2007, after working for twenty­four years as a paralegal in the area of personal injury law. She received a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina-Upstate in 1982, and began her paralegal career shortly thereafter. You can read more of her professional bio here, but today […]

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Staff Spotlight: Vicki Morrison, Admin

Vicki graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College in 1978 with an Associate’s Degree in Business and has worked with the JFT team as a paralegal and other various capacities since 2001. With over 30 years of experience in the legal field, Vicki continues to be a valuable asset to Thompson Dove Law Group! During her role […]

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Staff Spotlight: Kari Valentine, Paralegal

  What is a favorite/most rewarding part of your job? Building Families and Saving Lives! Making a Difference. After a successful trial, I feel that is just what happens. Many of the families that we serve are foster families that have been involved in a very long, heartbreaking, and complicated case with the Department of Social […]

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Staff Spotlight: Jim Thompson, Attorney

Get to know our very own attorney, James Fletcher Thompson, or as most know him, Jim. You can read Jim’s professional bio here, but today, get to know a little more of the person you’d meet across the table if you came to our Spartanburg office for help with adoption, assisted reproduction, or a civil […]

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Staff Spotlight: Paula Richardson, Intake Coordinator

Paula joined our team as Client Intake Coordinator in September of 2019. You can find her professional bio here, but today is more about getting to who Paula is and why she chose this line of work. Here are her answers to a few get-to-know-you questions we asked: What’s a problem or barrier in your area […]

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Staff Spotlight: Lauren Dove, LMSW

Lauren joined our team in August of 2015. You can find her professional bio here, but today is more about getting to who Lauren is and why she chose this line of work. Here are her answers to a few get-to-know-you questions we asked:  What is a favorite/most rewarding part of your job?  The most […]

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When Openness Doesn’t Happen in Adoption

Here at Thompson Dove, we’ve been fortunate to witness many, many adoption situations advance beautifully and smoothly. One complicated aspect of adoption is that it brings together a handful of complete strangers – often in painful or vulnerable seasons of life – and asks them to commit to moving forward in a forever kind of way. Sometimes this pans out easily, but often each party’s expectations and hopes will be unmet throughout each season.

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Diversify Your Bookshelf

“Once children see themselves represented in books, their existence is validated, and they feel that they are part of the world.” Eric Velasquez (award winning author and/or illustrator of many children’s books including Grandma’s Records and Grandma’s Gift) As adoptive parents, we have an extra responsibility to make sure our homes reflect not only the culture and ethnicity […]

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Becca’s Adoption Story

I will never forget the day I got the call from Lauren, our case worker within the Law firm. Just by chance, we had been emailing back and forth regarding something about our home study so when I saw the South Carolina area code on my cell phone, I didn’t for a second think I […]

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