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.
5 days ago
Thank you @adoptwell for sharing this perspective on protecting a child's story:
"The importance of protecting my child's story wasn't something that ever occurred to me early on in our adoption journey. However, now I can see the importance of it. Whether you know a little or you know a lot, be very careful what you choose to share. Word travels fast in our world today. Once you say, blog, or post something; you can never take it back. Someday down the road, you don't want your child to find out something about herself from a family member or blog follower that she didn't even know yet. Whether it be drug exposure in utero, specific trauma that your child was exposed to, behavioral issues, information about birth parents, or more... Choose to remember 95% of the time, "it's not my story to tell." I'm not saying don't help others who are walking roads that you've walked. I'm only saying don't broadcast issues and facts that your child may someday wish you didn't. If a friend has confided any details of their adoption story with you, big or small, make sure you protect it with and for them. And if you ever feel the desire to pass it on, ask them before you do. Ask yourself before you share, "Is it my story to tell?" #adoptwell" ...