The founder of our firm, Fletcher D. Thompson, returned to Spartanburg, South Carolina with his family in 1975. That same year, he was admitted to practice law in South Carolina and joined two other attorneys in practice, both of whom eventually left the firm to join the South Carolina Judiciary.
Thinking back on his first adoption hearing, Mr. Thompson states:
After going through the required legal procedures, we appeared in court for the final hearing. I can still visualize the atmosphere in that courtroom. The happy adopting couple held their new baby, the presiding judge sat on his bench anxious to hear the only happy experience of the day. We knew the birth mother was pleased that her baby would have a bright future with loving parents. Following the hearing, the judge was pleased to pose with the new family for a photo.
He soon realized that adoption was where he wished to focus his area of practice. In 1989, his son, James Fletcher Thompson (Jim), joined him in practice. In addition to an interest in the area of adoption, Jim expanded the firm’s practice into the field of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the early 1990s.
Acknowledging that the field of adoption within South Carolina was a hybrid between the law and social work, the firm unprecedentedly added a full-time social worker to its staff in 1997. This model has proven to be a success, and the firm currently has four social workers as part of our team.
Recognizing a need for adoption resources in the Lowcountry, the firm opened the Charleston office in 2004. In 2008, Jim Thompson became one of three attorneys in the country to achieve Hague approval from the Council on Accreditation as authorized by the United States Department of State, allowing the firm the ability to provide expectant parents with a greater variety in the selection of adoptive parents for their children.
Our firm would be honored to have a part in helping you build your family, whether it is through adoption or ART. Everyone in our office is committed to providing highly competent and ethical professional services. We would be privileged to assist you in your journey.
The firm strives to exceed client expectations through open communication, mutual respect, and with the experienced and compassionate assistance of an unparalleled professional staff. In family building cases, the firm will be child-focused, accepting only those cases which are consistent with a child’s best interest. In civil litigation cases, the firm will be integrity-driven, vigilantly and tirelessly working to achieve justice for, and improve the lives of our clients.
2 days ago
We're honored to bring you this piece from @adrianccollins on birth parent grief:
"Birth moms are one of the only groups of women I know who are expected to grieve politely. Even quietly. Most of us carry our burden in silence, lest we be perceived as unruly or unstable.
No matter the circumstances that led to our decision, we suffered a loss. And we are coping the best we can.
We are not unstable—we are grieving.
Post-placement grief can haunt for years, always simmering beneath the surface. Yet, somehow we are expected to keep our head down and carry on, with nowhere to release our frustration or anger.
No where to process our guilt and shame.
No hand to grasp.
No shoulder to cry upon.
Birth moms deserve a grieving period, just like anyone else who has ever dealt with the loss of a child. If we aren’t able to grieve properly—we become numb to our emotions.
Numbness is the worst fate for a grieving mom.
I have been numb to pain. I have been numb to my true feelings. I thought I was protecting myself from further heart ache. Instead, my walls grew thicker. My heart remained shattered.
Dear Adoption Community: Be patient with us. Hear our cries. Hold our hand. Bring us a meal. Take us out for coffee. Drive us to a birth mom support group. Make sure we are getting long-term professional help on a regular basis. See to it that we find appropriate ways to mend our broken heart. Don’t allow us to suffer in silence." ...