Licensed Agency Administrator
Melissa initially became interested in adoption when her best friend became pregnant in college. The friend made an adoption plan but decided to parent when it came time to place the baby in the arms of the adoptive parents. She has personally witnessed the agony of this mother trying to do the best for her baby by making a life plan, as well as the struggle she endured trying to raise him. This was 20 years ago and Melissa has remained involved in adoption in some way since this time.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (1992) and Social Work (1995), and her Master of Social Work degree in 2003 from Texas A&M Commerce. Her experience in mental health, child protective services, and the medical field has well prepared her for adoption work. Melissa worked at Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services and ran her own agency, Adoption Family Services, for three years. She enjoys working with birth parents and adoptive parents alike in order to assist them in making good choices for their families.
Melissa is an advocate of open adoption after seeing the positive and healthy benefits firsthand over the years. She enjoys her position as Child Placement Director and Licensed Agency Administrator at Chosen Child Adoption Services. She has been with the agency since March, 2009.