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About Us

The well-being of children is our priority, and our mission is to provide assistance to people creating new family relationships through adoption.

ACF is a licensed, private adoption agency that provides professional adoption services to birth mothers, adoptive parents and children since 1992. We believe in putting people before the process – ensuring every plan is customized to the individual family’s situation and needs. Our adoption attorneys and counselors know just how stressful the adoption process can be, so we provide a listening ear, personal attention and expert legal counsel to make things as easy for you as possible.

The ACF staff is comprised of adoption attorneys, licensed mental health professionals and support staff who are specially trained in the field of adoption. A recognized charity under the federal tax code, ACF accepts tax deductible donations. Your donation helps us build and support families.

7182 webGinger Allen, Attorney at Law | Florida Bar Board Certified Adoption Attorney, Director of Legal Services

A co-founder of Advocates for Children and Families (ACF) has assisted hundreds of birth and adoptive families since 1992.

Ms. Allen limits her practice solely to adoption law, and is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council. She is an adoptive parent.

Robert Lamarche_1 webRobert C. Lamarche, LCSW, JD | Executive Director

Rob has been in the adoption field since 1996. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in child welfare and has experience in both international and domestic adoption. He has a Master’s Degree in Social work and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2012 after graduating from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School in 2011.

Rob is responsible for educating and screening new applicants, supervising birth parent counselors, home studies, post placement and matches between birth and adoptive families. Rob is an adoptive parents of a son and daughter.

76 WebMeg Pringle | Adoption Caseworker

Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

She has been working closely with birth mothers for over 15 years.

Meg does initial screenings, provides support to birth parents and adoptive parents throughout the process and facilitates meetings.

Her dedication, kindness and experience allows ACF to respond efficiently and professionally to all of our client’s needs.

7130 webYazmin Palmero | Assistant Legal Director

Yazmin has been working in the field of adoption for over 15 years.

Her primary function is to prioritize legal and case management workload in various procedural stages of adoption. She works independently, supervises and delegates work to other staff members.

She is also available outside of regular business hours to respond to emergency calls and new clients.  Yazmin’s commitment, professionalism and expertise are invaluable assets to this agency.

10 Web2Yakima Palmero | Assistant Administrative Director

Yakima has been working in the field of adoption for over 15 years.

She is responsible for agency's financial management, licensing, audit, administration and advertising as well as marketing.

Another function of her position is to coordinate the home study workload of the agency.

52 Web2Nika Knowles | Administrative Assistant

Nika assists with grant applications and fundraising efforts and is responsible for the administrative procedures supporting these programs.

She provides support on all administrative and adoption procedures and the processing of Medicaid and medical records.

Nika's organizational skills and commitment to the programs are valuable assets to the agency's operation.

7233 webJacqueline Rodriguez-Arroz | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Long Island University and then received her Master's in Social Work from New York University.

Jackie has worked as program director with children in foster care, crisis intervention as well homeless outreach project.

Jackie works with both birth parents and adoptive parents. She has a strong passion for adoption and hopes to help other families realize their dream of building a forever family.