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.

Robert 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.

Ginger Allen, Attorney at Law | Co-Founder

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

Jacqueline Rodriguez-Arroz | Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Social Work Supervisor

Jackie graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY and then received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University, New York, NY. She has her clinical/LCSW license in each State.

Jackie has profound knowledge of family systems and interventions. She has been clinically trained in a variety of models and has worked within many interdisciplinary professional teams. Having worked with populations such as children in foster care, street homeless, formerly homeless families, dually diagnosed adult, victims of violence, individuals with developmental disabilities, etc. contributed to her strong passion of helping families. Prior to relocating to Florida, Jackie was a program director within a foster care agency; developing and enhancing a few of their community based programs. She was also part of the Homefinding program where she completed home studies for potential families.

Jackie is primarily responsible for educating and screening new applicants, supervising birth parent counselors, home studies, post placement and matches between birth and adoptive families. She is very committed to helping our families through their journey to adoption and realize their dream of building a forever family.

Meg 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.

Yazmin Palmero | Assistant Legal Director

Yazmin graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration.

She has been working in the field of adoption for over 15 years and she brings extensive knowledge of a variety of legal and administration skills to the agency.

Her primary function is to prioritize legal workload in various procedural stages of adoption from initiation of a case, to termination of parental rights and finalization.  She works independently and she supports all legal aspects of our adoptions.  Yazmin is also highly experienced in working with birth mothers as needed.

Yazmin 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.

Yakima Palmero | Assistant Administrative Director

Yakima graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from MDC. She has been working with ACF for over 15 years.

She is primarily responsible for agency’s financial management, bookkeeping, accounts payable, audits, payroll/HR, client financial monitoring and reporting as well as generating final client detailed statements of receipts and disbursements for filing with court.

Another major function of her position is working on agency’s annual state re-licensing requirements, and compiling agency reports for annual tax return.

In addition, she is responsible for overall agency administration including insurance renewals, advertising, marketing and websites’ content updates.

Her dedication, skills and competence are great assets to the agency.

Nika 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.

Lynnette M. Montañez, LCSW | Adoption Social Worker

Lynnette graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Lynnette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. She has received training in clinical models and interventions. She has experience working within both the public and private sector of adoption. In addition, Lynnette has worked with the following populations: children in foster care, families in shelters, dually diagnosed adults, victims of sexual abuse, and homelessness.

Lynnette primarily works with birth mothers: providing support and counseling, case management, maintains case records and assists with outreach efforts. Lynnette completes home studies, conducts post placement visits and oversees the ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement for Children) process.

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ACF adoptions does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, age or disability.  We are open and accepting to all who need our services and support.