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About Adoption Answers, Inc

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Melanie Leal, LMSW-IPR
Administrator

Melanie’s love for adoption stems from having several family members who are adopted, including her mother, aunt and cousin. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Arlington. She has worked in the adoption field since 2003. Her experience includes completing home studies and post placement studies for domestic and international adoption, writing and presenting education courses for adoptive families and professionals in the field, working with birth parents and developing agency programs. She greatly enjoys working with adoptive families throughout their adoption journeys. Melanie and her husband have two daughters.

Jenna Howard

Jenna Howard, LMSW

Founder

Jenna has a heart for adoption. As an adoptee and an adoptive parent, she knows the blessing that adoption has been in her life. She loves helping families become blessed by adoption. Involved in the adoption field since 1994, her work experience has included birthmother counseling, completion of home studies for both domestic and international adoption, and adoption education. She earned her BS in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and her MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has her LMSW with Independent Practice Recognition and her Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator license. She and her husband, Mark, have four sons and a daughter; Chase, Dylan, Cade, Nate, and Emma.

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Rebecca Jay, LMSW
Home Study Specialist

Rebecca Jay received her BS in Social Work from Abilene Christian University in 1994. She earned her MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995. Rebecca has her LMSW with Independent Practice Recognition. In the past, she has worked as a home health care worker, a child welfare worker, a technical writer, and an adoption worker. She enjoys working with families as they pursue international and domestic adoption. Rebecca was born in Africa and lived there for most of her childhood, so she brings a multi-cultural experience to her work. Rebecca and her husband, Brad, have a son and a daughter.

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Kristen Blankenship
Home Study Specialist

Kristen graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1999. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University in 2001. Kristen taught school for 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. While teaching, she mainly worked with underprivileged children and grew to love them dearly. Kristen has worked in the adoption field since 2004. She has experience with counseling birthmothers and with completing home studies for domestic and international adoption. Kristen and her husband have 3 children; Ben, Hannah, and Emily.

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Melanie Pylant
Home Study Specialist

Melanie works with Adoption Answers, Inc. in Houston and surrounding areas. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M in 1995 and a M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998. She has worked in the adoption field for 12 years, conducting domestic and international home studies, and providing education and support in adoption-related issues. Prior to that, she served as a school social worker, working with under-privileged children, and in refugee resettlement. Melanie and her husband are proud parents to 3 beautiful children, and know firsthand the blessing that adoption is. She enjoys helping families navigate the adoption process and supporting them as they journey toward oneness.