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My Experience as a Gestational Surrogacy Social Worker

Lauren Dove, our social worker, shares her experiences working in the field of surrogacy. When I began with the firm, my focus was solely on the adoption side, working with expectant mothers. It is a field I feel led and called to, to walk with someone potentially making such a monumental choice for their child. […]

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A Guide to the Responsible Father Registry

Also called the “Putative Father Registry,” the Responsible Father Registry is a free database in which a man who has potentially fathered a child with a woman to whom he is not married can ensure that he receives notice of a possible adoption involving the child. The biological father can file before or after the […]

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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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Choosing Between an Adoption Consultant, Facilitator, and Attorney

Our very own, James Fletcher Thompson, recently participated in the Creating a Family Radio Show as an expert commentator. This nationally recognized, weekly podcast is dedicated to discussing adoption and infertility. Jim was also featured in the Adoption 101 podcast, which can be found on our blog. This particular podcast covered a topic that we […]

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