What our clients and Parteners are Saying About Us
As a birth mother, I was treated with the utmost respect from the beginning and never felt like I was alone.
My fiance and I were referred to Mr. Thompson, and I am so thankful that we were! Jim and his team have been so kind to us and made this experience as positive as possible. At first, we were nervous when we found out I was pregnant. Once we made the decision to have our baby adopted we contacted Jim’s office. He met with us the same day, and put us at ease. There was never any pressure about our decision, and Jim and his team also made sure we understood everything during the process. As a birth mother, I was treated with the utmost respect from the beginning and never felt like I was alone. There was always someone there to help! Jim and his team are such caring people, and it shows in all they do. We were able to choose a wonderful couple for our child, and in doing so gave her the life we want for her. We are so grateful to Jim and his team for enabling us to give such a wonderful gift to our baby, and also to a lovely family.
-Amanda, Birth Parent
He changed my life, more importantly my daughter’s, for the better.
Mr. Thompson and everyone at his firm are unbelievable people. What he has done to make my family whole can not be put into words. He is someone I look up to, someone who took the time away from his family so he could help mine, someone who deserves all the recognition he has received for his work with adoption. While an Angel of Adoption award is a very high honor, I simply think he needs a few steps higher. He changed my life, more importantly my daughters, for the better. For every birthday and holiday that will come the rest of our lives, Mr Thompson, Mary Waldrop and all of his staff will get a special prayer of thanks. He is someone who goes above and beyond, who is level headed when you are not, who carefully handles your case with the utmost care with genuineness. He is the only way to go when seeking out adoption. He is the best for a reason. Whether you are a birthmother in need of guidance and help, or an adoptive family looking to complete your lives, go to him. He will do what is right and I never felt any pressure from him which was amazing. Everything was my choice with him giving me the tools I needed to make clear, meaningful choices, I will forever be grateful and a simple recommendation does not seem fit enough, but hey, its a start.
-Holly, Birth Mother
I am so thankful for you guys. I have the most perfect family I could of imagined for my son. Now he is blessed with 2 families.
I was six weeks when I found out I was pregnant. I was scared. I was going thru things with my children’s father. So now I was a single mother of 5, at 27. I was referred to this law firm. Not knowing much about adoption I called and immediately Ms. Lauren Dove came to meet with me. I lived 3 hrs away. She helped me thru the whole process. They were there every step of the way from every doctors visit to the birth and even to this day. I am so thankful for you guys. I have the most perfect family I could of imagined for my son. Now he is blessed with 2 families. And thru the whole thing I felt as if Lauren became more of a friend then just somebody from a law firm. Y’all are so caring and understanding. Thank y’all!
-Kristin, Birth Mother
The parents say all the time in the cards and picture how I blessed them but they also blessed me. It’s been 11 years and I wouldn’t change anything. He is happy, healthy, and very loved.
I was a single mother with three kids, and found myself pregnant, and the father wanted no part of the baby and myself. Which at the time was heartbreaking, but now looking back was the biggest lesson and blessing I have ever learned. I am not the same afterwards, but it’s all in a good way. I was unsure of what to do, but I knew having four kids was something I couldn’t handle financially or any other way. Plus, I needed to put my kids first including the baby. Plus, I truly believe God already had a plan for that little baby and I just needed to follow his direction, so I stopped and I followed direction. I went to my pregnancy center in my town and saw a folder with a butterfly on the front and said to myself, “wow that’s a beautiful thing, “and picked it up, and started to read the letter inside. Now, some many years later I don’t remember all what it said, but I remember saying to my mom, “I need to call them like now.” So I did, and a woman with the best southern voice answered,( like I’m not even joking) I will never forget her. She met me the next day near my house and we sat and talked not just about the baby, but about my other kids and what I wanted out of life for myself and them. She is a wonderful lady. I remember all the calls just to check on me, she took me to a few appointments and sometimes let me cry, very supportive. The day came to look at books. I remember looking at like 7 she took out, and I started to feel overwhelmed. She gave me chocolate cover raisins and laughed, saying, “girl it’s like reading a book.” So the first one I looked at I knew if my heart “this was the family”, just there was something about them, not sure what it was. I told her I found them, she goes, “good, now pick two more.” I looked up with tears in my eyes and say, “why, I found them, I don’t want to.” She told sometimes these parent might not choose you back . I remember saying, “well why not, he is going to be handsome and smart,” lol. The day came fast for us to meet. (me and the soon to be parents.) I was excited yet really scared, it felt like a cross between and job interview and a first date. They came in and brought me food, that was good, and then we sat down and just talked. It wasn’t weird or uncomfortable, well ok, maybe the first few seconds. I remember they asked if I have named him yet, I said back, “Why would I- that’s for you guys to do not me. I just call him little dude.” I knew if I named him something I would be way more emotional then I already was. They told me their story; honestly we all cried a bunch that day. She hugged me bunch that day, which was ok. See, I was the pregnant lady who didn’t like her stomach touched, I hated that, it made me feel like someone was petting me like a pet. They asked and with them it was different. I mean, yes, the baby was in my stomach, but he wasn’t mine, it was their son, not mine, so I was ok with that. When she placed her hand on my stomach he kicked, and then the dad did (who was very nervous) and of course he kicked again. We all laughed I think they both cried. It was a good day. The days came fast, the next thing I was going in for my c-section, no nothing was wrong, just have had them before, the parents were in the hospital, just not in the delivery room, I kinda felt that would be a little too much, my mom was there with me she was there when my other kids were born. He was a health baby boy, and cute, too. We got to see him first and then the parents did. I knew his name from the time we met, and I told my mom. Ms. Janine told me that if I wanted a day with him, I could have it, and she told me a few months before I had him, I decided to spend that time with him. My mom spent a little time with him, and then left. Then he was with me the rest of the day. I cried a whole lot, so did he, but not for the same reason. I’m glad I had that time with him because it just made me keep to my decision. The next day, I signed the paper work, took pictures with the parents and him, and it was, as they say, bittersweet. The beginning part of the day was, not going to lie, hard, I cried more. But I still stood by my decision. He was here for them, and they are his parents 100% without a question.I get asked if I regret making that decision, and I don’t, everything in my heart agrees this was for the best for him, and he was meant to be their son. The parents say all the time in the cards and picture how I blessed them but they also blessed me. It’s been 11 years and I wouldn’t change anything. He is happy, healthy, and very loved. So, if you are pregnant and unsure about what to do next, it is okay. Just think about that baby, first and not of yourself. That’s what it means to be a parent. Thank you for reading my testimonial.
-Victoria, Birth Mother
These wonderful people standing there ground and getting it done
Our case was as far from normal as it could have been! DSS went through so many changes and the staff turned over just as much. However, Mr. Thompson and Cindi stayed right on top of it. Our case got back so many times and definitely would have taken longer had these wonderful people standing there ground and getting it done. We have adopted 3 children through the foster care/DSS system and these firm as done ALL 3! Our family would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND them!
-Kristi, Adoptive Parent
Your team is phenomenal!
Your team is phenomenal! We have adopted 4 children, one through your firm, one through another agency and two with DSS. Mary, Cindy, and Lauren are fantastic and represent your firm well and have provided us with tremendous support over the last 4 years. You assisted us with accommodations for an in person adoption during COVID at the courthouse for two older children that made the occasion even more special. We are so fortunate to have you by our side during this process of growing our family! We can never thank you enough!
-Allison, Adoptive Parent
Mr Thompson and Ms Waldrop (paralegal) were very helpful and accessible in our seeking custody of family member.
Mr Thompson and Ms Waldrop (paralegal) were very helpful and accessible in our seeking custody of family member. They answered questions quickly and helped us with custody proceedings. Gave us a plan of action and what our parts were to make it happen. The outcome was successful and to our goal. Very happy with our choice of this law firm.
-David, Custodial Parent
The Thompson Dove Law Group was a perfect fit for our adoption.
The Thompson Dove Law Group was a perfect fit for our adoption. As an LGBTQ couple it can feel difficult to find legal representation who affirms your family and the desire to complete your family through adoption. This was not the case with Jim and Mary. Through every step of the way Jim was knowledgeable and supportive. He understood the needs of our family and did not bat an eye when we talked about the complexities of the way our family came to be. Mary kept us in the loop through the whole process and made the entire thing seamless. I would recommend them to anyone looking to go through the adoption process! We are eternally grateful!
-Nina & Lauren, Adoptive Parents
James Thompson and his team are the ones you want on your side in a SC adoption
James Thompson and his team are the ones you want on your side in a SC adoption. Professional, extremely knowledgeable and empathetic. Can’t imagine where we would have ended up without them.
-Philip, Adoptive Parent
We are so thankful we used Thompson and Dove Law Group…
We are so thankful we used Thompson and Dove Law Group to assist in finalizing the adoption of our son. We knew this law firm cared about us and the adoption process when Jim was willing to take time from his vacation to speak to us when we got our placement call. The entire staff was always professional and thorough. Cindi, the paralegal that assisted us, was always quick to respond if we had questions and did a great job providing us with the information we needed. This is a law firm that has a heart for adoption, and it shows in how well they help adoptive families and celebrate with families when an adoption is finalized. We strongly recommend them to anyone considering adoption.
-Scott & Polly, Adoptive Parent
We’re so grateful for the team at Thompson Dove Law Group…
We’re so grateful for the team at Thompson Dove Law Group and all their work during our adoption process. Jim, Lauren and Cindi were always prompt with a response to any of our questions or concerns throughout the process and always remained professional. Absolutely no complaints to be made. We highly recommend the Thompson Dove Law Group for any adoption related needs.
-Hannah & Michael, Adoptive Parents
We have been blessed to work with such caring people…
Adoption is something special and unique, yet so seamless at the same time. Thompson Dove Law Group has worked diligently to help us build our family, twice, through the adoptions of our son and our daughter. The social workers, office staff, cradle-care providers, and Mr. Thompson, himself, are all so professional and courteous during what is often an emotional, yet joyous occasion. We have been blessed to work with such caring people, who we truly think of as an extension to our wonderfully-created family.
-Anonymous, Adoptive Parent
Thank you so much for all you have done to make our dream of adoption come true.
Thank you so much for all you have done to make our dream of adoption come true. At all stages of the process, you have been considerate, kind, and professional and we have always felt confidence that we were in good hands. We are absolutely in love with our son and couldn’t be happier.
-Rob and Marlene, Adoptive Parents
Adoption is stressful enough but with Thompson Dove Law Group, there is no added stress.
Our adoption process was very smooth. All of the risks were clearly explained. We were very worried to begin with because we didn’t know what to expect. We were given information in a timely matter to help keep our minds at ease. We also felt comfortable asking questions and you need to feel comfortable since this is very much a “hurry up and wait” process. Everyone we dealt with in the office has very clear communication and keeps you informed of everything you need to know. Adoption is stressful enough but with Thompson Dove Law Group, there is no added stress. It was very nice to have this handled with no added worries. I will use them again without hesitation in the future!
-Anonymous, Adoptive Parent
Jim Thompson proved to be honest, wise, and personable.
Jim Thompson proved to be honest, wise, and personable. His entire team is outstanding and their passion for their work and their clients is displayed in everything they do. Jim’s insight into the adoptive process and all the intricate details that go into adoption proved incredibly beneficial to our family.
-Drew, Adoptive Parent
I cannot recommend Jim Thompson highly enough. Our family will be forever thankful for him and his entire firm.
I cannot recommend Jim Thompson highly enough. Our family will be forever thankful for him and his entire firm. He is incredibly kind, professional and trustworthy. There is no question that he cared deeply for our family throughout the adoption process. His legal expertise and dependability were extremely helpful and he advocated so well for our daughter when it was needed most. We will be forever thankful for his work.
-Michelle, Adoptive Parent
“Thank You” does not even begin to express our gratitude…
“Thank You” does not even begin to express our gratitude for all that you and your firm did to help us reach our dream of parenthood. At times it seemed like it would never happen for us, but God’s perfect plan was in the works and would not be rushed. I know that there were many people at your firm who had a hand in our adoption process, but I want to especially thank Lauren and Mary for their hard work and kindness. You all are a special group of people and our prayer is that you continue to bring families together for many, many years to come!
-Anonymous, Adoptive Parent
We can’t thank Jim enough for what he done for our family.
My husband and I first met Jim a little more than 3 years ago when we were feeling hopeless. We had been going through our adoption process for 3 years and had gained no more than just custody of our little one. We took one last desperate leap at finalizing a lot that had been promised to us by our previous attorney and for the first time seen how the process really should have worked. Jim and his assistant worked diligently with us and combed through all the paperwork we came with, not to mention all the tears that were shed in his office and over the phone. No matter how worried we got; he put us at ease. My goodness I could write a book on what we had been through. Jim turned everything around in the blink of an eye. Jim was so professional and knowledgeable that we were blown away at how great of an attorney that he proved to be. He showed us kindness and compassion. When we left his office after our first meeting, my husband and I sat in the parking lot and just sobbed. We found hope. Jim was not interested in just another client; he wanted to help a family and a little boy that needed a mommy and daddy. He knew our desperation, but did not look at us as easy money. Jim wanted what was best for our little boy. Dec. 16, 2016 our family was made whole as our adoption was made final. Again, we can’t thank Jim enough for what he done for our family. We have worked with Jim and his firm on more than one occasion and would recommend him a million times over.
-Scott and Jamie, Adoptive Parents
The work that Mr. Thompson does is important and amazing work.
After retaining Mr. Thompson as our attorney for the case intervention and, finally, the adoption of our foster daughter, whenever we would tell people that we had hired Jim Thompson, we would always hear such high praise of him and how well respected he is. We can absolutely see why that is. From the very first time we met with Mr. Thompson, he helped us feel at ease during the very tense and stressful journey of advocating for and adopting our daughter. We always felt complete confidence in his advice, suggestions and plans, and we always knew he was giving our case his all. The work that Mr. Thompson does is important and amazing work, and we can never fully express our respect and gratitude for him. We also have to mention Mr. Thompson’s assistant Vicki, who, in our opinion, is such a wonderful asset to the firm. Vicki is efficient and thorough, and is always willing to answer questions, find out answers to questions and she kept us well informed throughout our journey. Vicki is so genuinely kind and thoughtful. She got to know us throughout our journey and we got to know her as well, and at times she held us together when we thought we would fall apart along the way. The professional yet personal treatment we received from Mr. Thompson and everyone that we worked with in his office will alway be appreciated and will never be forgotten. Mr. Thompson and Vicki will always hold a special place in our hearts and will forever be a big part of the foundation of our family.
-Anonymous, Adoptive Parent
We will be forever blessed by his wisdom as he handled the most terrifying storm for parents and turned it into the most beautiful adoption of our daughter.
What an incredible journey it has been through the adoption process. My husband and I were and are still incredibly honored and blessed to have Jim Thompson and Mary Waldrop as our first line of defense when it comes to our daughter. At 9 months old the most adorable baby girl came into our lives as a “temporary foster placement.” Little did we know there would next be 3 sets of pictures of her sitting on Santa’s lap, birthday cakes to be smashed, and Easter eggs to hunt over the next few years. We were thriving in parenthood and were on top of the world with the life God blessed us with. Then there came a heavy storm. The storm when the pain seeps to your core. A decision was made about the possible removal of our daughter who had been living with us for over 2 1/2 years! But there was a trusting friend to recommend Jim Thompson who she quickly described as, “the best adoption attorney I’ve ever came across in court,” “the golden ticket when you need to win a trying case,” “the most knowledgeable attorney of the law you will meet,” and best of all, “there is a strength in him to fight for what is right by child and he will not stop until the work is done.” Well, to be honest, what more could we ever want in an attorney as we needed to place the fate of our forever family in somebody else’s hands? The day I called Jim Thompson’s office Mary Waldrop answered the phone and I knew she could hear the trembling of my voice as I begged to meet with Jim anywhere in his schedule. A few hours later I was sitting in Jim’s office, discussing the situation while he mapped out his initial plan of action. Throughout the next year I watched as Jim and Mary continued to amaze us in their works as they fought to keep our daughter with the only parents she had ever known. There were many nights I would kneel by the bedside weeping to God the day before court begging for a way for us not to lose our first and only child. Then, as we would walk into that courtroom with Jim by our side, I knew then and there my prayers came true. Jim never leaves a leaf unturned, a question unanswered, or shows up to battle not prepared. With every Birthday and anniversary of our “gotcha day,” Jim Thompson and Mary Waldrop will forever have our blessings as we pray our prayer of thankfulness. Mary is the calm in the storm from the moment she captures first-hand all the emotions on every phone call. We are so grateful for Mary’s kindness, wisdom, love, and respect as she made us feel like we were the only clients Jim had (and we all know that is far from the truth)! Jim Thompson is the best of the best. Jim Thompson WILL fight and he will gain every ounce of respect in the courtroom. There is no battle too big for Jim to conquer. We will be forever blessed by his wisdom as he handled the most terrifying storm for parents and turned it into the most beautiful adoption of our daughter. With our highest regard you have our respect and love.
-Hunter and Ivy, Adoptive Parents
Without Jim and his team I believe we would have lost the chance to be able to adopt our foster son.
For our family it is hard to put into words what Jim Thompson and his team have done for us. Our case was “a case within a case” as Jim called it. Without Jim and his team I believe we would have lost the chance to be able to adopt our foster son. We were three weeks away from a hearing to remove our baby when we were turned down by a previous lawyer who believed our case was too big of a risk and did not believe we had a chance. Jim took our case. He moved fast and put our minds at ease with his calm and intelligent demeanor in the courtroom. I have and will always advise anyone seeking adoption to use Jim and his wonderful team! All emails and phone calls were returned promptly and professionally. I will forever be grateful for this law firm and for the wisdom and kindness they showed us. I believe God sent them to us right when we needed them the most and He sent the best in doing so.
-Brittany and Jared, Adoptive Parents
Jim doesn’t settle for second best; he worked for our best interest even when it wasn’t the path of least resistance.
Upon leaving our first meeting with Jim, my wife and I looked at each other and knew we had just found the perfect attorney for our case. We weren’t mistaken. From day one we knew and felt that Jim “got it.” Jim listened to us and believed us. Not only does Jim know the law better than anyone out there, he is a master strategist. Jim has a rare combination of intelligence, wisdom, intuition, and experience. He is calm when he needs to be and aggressive when he needs to be. He is reassuring and patient. Jim doesn’t settle for second best; he worked for our best interest even when it wasn’t the path of least resistance. We’d be remiss to mention Mary Waldrop, who was with us all along as well. Her attention to detail and care – not just for the case, but for us personally – gave us the confidence that we were in good hands. When my wife and I talk about Jim with each other, we usually end up discussing that what Jim is doing isn’t just a job, it is a calling. You can tell that Jim cares about what he does. He is making an impact. He made an eternal impact on our family. We will never be the same (in the best way possible) due to Jim and Mary’s work alongside us. Our family feels whole and protected now. We will forever be grateful to Jim and Mary.
-Anonymous, Adoptive Parent
Having legal recognition of our family means the world to us…
Where to begin? My wife and I got pregnant through reciprocal IVF in Spain and gave birth in Switzerland. The legal situation for same-sex couples in Europe is fairly dire and so we were desperate to find an adoption solution in the US. We were referred to James Thompson by a lawyer from our hometown in Brooklyn, NY. Mary Waldrop was quickly responsive and helpful in setting up an initial call and we felt immediately confident and comfortable working with everyone at the firm. Flying across the globe with our 9 month-old son for a possible adoption decree was a bit terrifying but with the cool guidance of everyone at Thompson Dove Law Group, we boarded the plane. Just two days into our trip we received good news from Jim that we could be seen by a judge and jumped into action. What resulted was a positive meeting with a guardian and a heart-warming conclusion in which my wife and I were both able to legally adopt our own son. Having legal recognition of our family means the world to us and we take back this adoption decree to Switzerland with high hopes it will be recognized by all.
-Rachel & Kaitlyn, Second Parent Adoption & Affirmation of Parental Rights Clients
I highly recommend Thompson Dove Law Group for anyone seeking guidance and assistance on a surrogacy journey!
I highly recommend Thompson Dove Law Group for anyone seeking guidance and assistance on a surrogacy journey! My husband and I are a same-sex couple so without James Thompson and his team we would not have our happy and healthy seven-month-old baby boy. James and his team, especially Shannon, were right there with us through every step of the way. Their guidance, support, and incredible Gestational Surrogate matching program helped us achieve our goal of having a family. We will forever be grateful!
-Kevin, Intended Parent
The experience was one that I will never forget and I will always be so grateful that I went through Thompson Dove Law Group
When my husband and I first looked into me becoming a surrogate, we never would have imagined how amazing and wonderful the whole process would have been. Shannon is who we interacted with the most and she was kind and patient and respectful and knowledgeable and I could keep going on. Each step was explained to us and she really did make our whole experience wonderful. When matching us to a family, I don’t think she could have found a better match. Because of Shannon, Thompson Dove Law Group and the family that they matched us up with, I am going to be a surrogate again. The experience was one that I will never forget and I will always be so grateful that I went through Thompson Dove Law Group and had Shannon with me the whole time to answer any and all of my questions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
-Jennifer, Gestational Carrier
In my civil case against a municipality he got me a settlement more than twice the insurance cap allows.
For anyone considering this firm just know that Jim is an excellent adoption lawyer by day, and a Super Hero lawyer by night. They saved me from an unbearable fate other law firms were too scared to try. In my civil case against a municipality he got me a settlement more than twice the insurance cap allows. Don’t be fooled by his gentle and bookish demeanor. This man is a fighter for YOU. I cannot say enough about James Fletcher Thompson and Mary, his paralegal. Together, we slayed the dragon! If you want an honest man of honor and integrity, not to mention exceptional intelligence, then look no further. You have found him.
-Randi, Civil Litigation Client
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