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Nicole is thrilled to be the newest member of the Adoption Choices team! With pervious adoption experience she understands the importance of working with people in a more intimate capacity. It takes all members of the triad to help assist with a positive adoption experience on all ends–both Expecting Parents and Hopeful Adoptive Parents. With a BA in Women’s Studies, she brings patience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to empathize without judgment. Nicole is a Chicago Native and coming from a big, traditional Italian family, she understands the importance of love, family, and relationships. Outside of work, she enjoys, traveling as much as possible, attending concerts, cheering on her Chicago Bears, and rehabbing recycled furniture and goods.
Patience Bramlett, a University of Southern Mississippi news editorial graduate, is a seasoned and award-winning freelance writer. She is also a passionate reader, whose only wish is to live life without fear of the unknown. Her motivation and inspiration to live her best life stems from the words of John Lennon:
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”.
After serving as an Editorial Intern for six months, she is continuing her career with Adoption Choices as our Content Writer. Fueled by her love of family, she hopes to educate those looking to grow their
families through adoption.
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her
Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the
beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
Tracy has worked in the adoption field for over 12 years as an advocate for both birth parents and prospective adoptive parents. Tracy has facilitated countless adoption plans and helped people navigate through the pre and post adoption process with compassion and insight. She has a great deal of experience educating people on the topic of adoption and has hosted and presented at multiple adoption workshops and trainings.
Social Services Director
Laurie is a licensed mental health counselor, who has specialized in adoption related services for 20 years. She has worked with countless adoptive parents, birth parents and adopted children, providing them with support and guidance on their life long adoption journey. She is a well respected clinician and is often invited to present and educate professionals and parents on the topic of adoption. Laurie is a professional member of the Adoptive Families of the Capital Region.
Casey focuses her law practice on adoption and has experience representing birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption agencies in all type of adoptions. Casey has been working with Adoption Choices of New York since 2017. She is also an Adoption Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
Click each step below to read more:
1. Considering adoption
2. Adoption Homestudy
3. New York Court Certification (Recommended)
5. Relationship of Expectant and Prospective Adoptive Parent
6. Birth and Placement
7. Interstate Placement on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
8. Post Placement Supervision
10. Lifecycle – Parenting
Virginia Frank is an adoption attorney accredited since 1991 with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Ms. Frank is a leader in the field of private adoption and has completed over 4,000 adoptions in her career. Ms. Frank has a law degree from Oklahoma City University and a BA in both Political Science and Communications from the University of Oklahoma.
Once the agreements and fees have been returned to Adoption Choices of New York, you will receive a full set of additional forms and required document list.
Because you may want to start collecting documents, the following documents list is provided:
You will be provided with additional forms, based on the services you are requesting and type of adoption you are doing.
Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW is a New York and New Jersey licensed social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice. She has prepared thousands of adoption homestudies, counseled adoptive parents and parents-to-be, and has trained professionals to work with adoptive families. She was Director of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA (March 1992 to March 2015), Head Writer for Adoption.net and a member of the Advisory Board for POV’s Adoption Series. She is currently a member of the Adoption Advisory Board of Path2Parenthood and active in the Adoptive Parents Committee in New York (including being the 2016 Conference Keynote). She was named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001. Her ADOPTION MAVEN BLOG is devoted to adoptive parenting. She lives in New York City where she has a private practice specializing in adoption and adoptive parenting.