About Adoption Alliance

Guiding Birth Parents on the Path to Hopeful Families

About Us

Adoption Alliance is an adoption agency licensed to place children and infants for permanent adoption. The agency staff includes administrative staff, counselors, educators and social workers. Our goal is to build happy families and to assist all parties through the adoption process with professional, caring guidance. The birth mother, birth father or birth family chooses the adoptive parents for their baby through the adoption planning process. Most of the cases involve infant adoptions, but the staff occasionally handles an older child placement.

The agency handles several types of adoptions and has worked with adoptive parents living throughout the continental United States. Adoption Alliance works directly with adoptive parents, attorneys, birth parents, social service agencies and social workers.

Many adoptive applicants are represented by an attorney, with practices limited to adoption, who will provide guidance. Some adoptive parents attend seminars and/or are working closely with a social worker, adoption professional or facilitator. Still, there will be many questions throughout the adoption process. The agency staff welcomes any and all inquiries concerning the agency, its policies or the rules and regulations governing adoption.

History & Licensing

Adoption Alliance is a 501(c)(3), not‐for‐profit, charitable organization founded in 1989. The agency received its provisional license in January 1989 and its permanent license on January 13, 1990. We are licensed in Texas, New York, and Connecticut. We are also authorized to place children in most other states. Because every adoption is unique, Adoption Alliance staff personalizes each adoption plan. The professionals at Adoption Alliance take into consideration the individual circumstances and concerns of all parties of an adoption plan. We understand that everyone has different life experiences and situations, which makes every adoption situation entirely different. Adoption Alliance will strive to make your adoption experience as rewarding as possible. Working with an experienced and professional agency provides valuable services for both adoptive and birth parents.

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Adoption Alliance Team

Justin Johnson

Hi. My name is Justin Johnson and I am the Executive Director of the Adoption Alliance. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. My wife and I married in 2007 and we have two beautiful little girls. We all love hanging out at the beach and fishing anytime we get the chance.

My interest in adoption began many years ago as my father, Dale Johnson, is an adoption attorney. Presently, I oversee the overall operation of the agency and ensure all State Licensing Regulations are met. I currently maintain an administrator’s license for child placing agencies in the state of Texas. My goal is to assist the agency in its growth in order to reach and serve as many clients as possible.  Adoption Alliance has been successful in combining compassion for the field of adoption with many years of adoption experience to build a team of professionals who I truly believe will be able to successfully guide you through the adoption process throughout your adoption journey.

Stacie Wiederin‐Schmidt

I’m Stacie Wiederin‐Schmidt, with 29+ years in adoption at The Adoption Alliance. I hold degrees in Social Psychology and Human Resources Management. I’m married with a stepdaughter and love my dogs, Bevo and Vivian. I assist adoptive parents, manage out-of-state cases, and support birth parents during challenging times. Let my experience guide your adoption journey.

Yolanda Worlds

I’m Yolanda Worlds, an adoption professional with nearly a decade of experience, including five years at a private foster/adoption agency and one year with Child Protective Services. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Schreiner University and have received state-facilitated adoption and behavior management training. In my role, I support both adoptive and birth parents, prioritizing open communication for the best possible match. 

Kimberly De La Hunt

I’m Kimberly De La Hunt, an Adoption Caseworker at Adoption Alliance since 2015, with three years of non-profit experience. Previously, I worked as a Family Educator, teaching parents about child development and community resources. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In my free time, I enjoy family, sports, and shopping. I’m passionate about adoption and look forward to helping make your dreams come true.

Patricia “Patti” O’Connor

Hello, my name is Patricia “Patti” O’Connor. I am an adoptive mother of three and very passionate about my work with clients who are also hoping to form their family by adoption. I have a BSW from SUNY Brockport and a MSW from SUNY Stony Brook. I am a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker with 19 years of experience in the adoption field.

I am the New York Licensing representative for Adoption Alliance and currently provide pre and post adoption services to adoptive families. I also work works as an Investigator/Consultant for the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court. In the past, I have worked with birth mothers in the post-partum hospital setting and foster children in residential treatment.

Karen Palmer

I’m Karen Palmer, the Administrative Assistant at Adoption Alliance since early 2018. With a background in management and administration, I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2008 and relocated to Texas in 2012. In my free time, I enjoy family and friends, reading, and gaming. Looking forward to assisting you!

Patricia Wueste

My name is Patricia Wueste, I am a family lawyer in San Antonio, Texas and have been involved in the field of termination of parental rights and adoption since 1978. I am Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984. I represent licensed child placing agencies, and I also assist families with private adoptions and adoptions through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. I have always felt it is a blessing to be able to participate in putting families together through the adoption process. Working with dedicated adoption professionals like those at Adoption Alliance, Inc. makes this practice a pleasure.

I am a native of San Antonio and attended undergraduate school at the University of the Incarnate Word followed by St. Mary’s University School of Law. I have two adult children who no longer live in Texas but have chosen lovely places to live that I enjoy visiting: Miami, Florida and Denver, Colorado.

Dale Johnson

I’m Dale Johnson, a retired lawyer specializing in adoption since 1969. From 1989 to the present, I’ve focused exclusively on adoption. I was involved in founding The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) in 1990, serving on its Board of Directors from 1990 to 1991 and then from 1992 to 1995. In 1993, I was elected President of the Academy, and in 1998, I became Chairman of its Advisory Committee, consisting of all past presidents. I was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 1999 and recognized as an “Angel in Adoption” in 2006.

Work With Us

At Adoption Alliance, we extend an invitation to collaborate with our team of dedicated professionals. Our experts are not only ready but eager to provide you with the support and guidance you need.