ADOPTION ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
Licensed Texas adoption agency serving all of Texas
For all domestic, second-parent, and step-parent adoption home studies that meet or exceed all licensing requirements
We provide essential services for families seeking to adopt:
Adoption Home Studies
Home Visits and Interviews
Criminal and child abuse registry clearances
Home study report including submission to your attorney and placement agency
Fully licensed social workers
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REFERRALS TO APPROPRIATE AGENCIES
We have established close relationships with agencies around the country to which we can refer you. We can also refer you based on specific family needs e.g. agencies which work with single men and women and same sex couples. We have long standing relationships with several domestic agencies, facilitators and consultants which may provide the perfect resource for your adoption.
HOME STUDY UPDATES
Our home studies meet all requirements for Texas and all other states through which you may be adopting.
If you already have a home study and are pursuing a subsequent adoption, or if you’ve moved to Texas from out of state and need to update your study to include new information, we can provide these necessary services for a fee which is much less than competing agencies.
Domestic adoption generally requires that you meet Texas licensing standards for post-adoption supervision, which includes five in-person visits within the first 6 months of placement. We provide all these post-adoption services.
Susan Etheridge has been a social worker for the past 36 years having completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1993. She worked with Child Protective Services for 20 years retiring as the Director in Dallas with a staff of over 400. She has also worked with local non-profits specializing in children in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. Susan has a long-standing interest and love for adoption beginning to work with Adoption Assistance and Support in 1997. She has helped numerous clients with adoption studies to make their dreams come true.
Susan McKay has been a social worker for the past 50 years, having completed her Masters’ Degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin in 1973. She worked for several years as a private psychotherapist and worked 27 years with Child Protective Services in Dallas. She began working with domestic adoption in 1982. She currently owns an independent fully licensed home study services provider for domestic adoption, post-adoption supervision, and second parent/step-parent adoptions. She and social worker Susan Etheridge can refer you to an agency with whom they are affiliated for matching services.
Susan is an amazing person! Our adoption journey was not instant or quick. She stayed with us through every step. We didn't have success for the first several years because of various circumstances, but 6 years later, we have our preciousbaby. Susan was always there for us from start to finish. Without her, our adoption journey would have never been as smooth as it was. Thank you, Susan!
We were fortunate enough to work with Susan on our journey to adopt our daughter. From the moment I made the phone
call Susan immediately began to help us navigate the paperwork to ensure our process ran smoothly. She was
encouraging during the process of submitting the necessary forms and most importantly, she made our family feel at ease
each time she came into our home. Susan is always a part of our adoption story each time I share it.
I have recommended her to numerous acquaintances over the past year because we feel she is the best!
Working with Susan to complete our Second Parent Adoption was a great experience. For our family going through this process was very emotional as we are completing this as a married same~sex couple. Our child is not recognized legally as both of our daughters so we had to embark on this process. Susan was respectful, empathetic and helpful every step of the way.