Karissa Dalton

Karissa graduated from Midwestern State University with her bachelor’s in 2010 after completing an internship with Inheritance Adoptions.  She later moved to Lubbock where she earned her Master of Social Work degree from University of Texas at Arlington in 2015.  While in Lubbock, she worked in association with Buckner Children and Family Services conducting home studies for families wanting to foster and adopt.  In the summer of 2020, she and her family moved back to their hometown to be a part of a new church plant, Redeemer Wichita Falls.  She also got her dream of being back with Inheritance Adoptions where she serves as our Client Support Specialist.  Karissa has a passion for adoption and serving others and loves the opportunity she has with Inheritance to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Leigh Anne Hope

Leigh Anne has over 20 years of experience in the helping professional field. She is an adoptee and has adopted and fostered. She has served on many past service committees including: the Early Childhood Coalition, Child Abuse Prevention committee, steering committee for ACES convention and Breast Feeding Coalition. Her certificates and education are in nonprofit management and volunteer management as well as teaching Social Work at MWSU.
She has a B.S. in Psych and MSSW in Social Work.

Emily Morris

Emily is our Administrative Director and also helps assist our counselors with ongoing needs. She has a love for working with non-profits and has worked with animal and children welfare causes in the past. Emily and her husband Michael moved to Wichita Falls from Atlanta, Georgia in 2019. Michael is the youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church which lead them here. 
 
She loves being apart of Inheritance Adoptions to help birth mothers and bring families together!

Michelle

I’ll give you just a little background on this blog first! This is a letter from a birthmother who placed a couple of years ago. She had a rough life and was on a downward spiral of destruction. Before she got pregnant she committed a crime that would warrant prison time. The sentence was h

I’ll give you just a little background on this blog first! This is a letter from a birthmother who placed a couple of years ago. She had a rough life and was on a downward spiral of destruction. Before she got pregnant she committed a crime that would warrant prison time. The sentence was held off do to a high risk pregnancy, but a few months after she had her little boy she went to prison. She has been there over a year and has over a year go to. I have been corresponding through mail with her the whole time, and send her bible studies often. I like to send her bible studies from Beth Moore. Beth has a background similar to this birthmom so I like for her to see that you CAN live a godly life. She has completed Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study and she just started reading Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity book. This book really touched me and even while I read this book on my own I thought of this birthmom often. I knew that one day I had to get this for her. So I had it sent to her and she has been reading it. This is the letter I got from her last week:

Oh my where to even start? 🙂 Thanks for the pictures and the blog. WOW is the main thing on my mind. Honesty time – When I first got the book I said to myself… “Self.. I am going to read it, but it really doesn’t apply to me!” HA! Really… I said that 🙂 Funny thing is I think I really meant it! Then I began to read… 2 chapters in and I’m seeing MYSELF on EVERY page and I’m SO not loving it! So of course I begin trying to rationalize, justify, and of course deny.  I got mad at the book, threatened to throw it away. My husband probably thinks I’m completely insane because I start writing all kinds of does this sound like me letters! Me? Insecure? This is ME we are talking about here!! I have made SOME progress I’m done with the rationalizing and denying. I have also gone back and reread, marked, and made notes all in it. I’m a little over 1/2 way done. I am a fast reader but have to keep going back to make myself be honest and really answer truthfully.  I got to the prayer yesterday and it has takin me 2 days to complete it. In tears I pray this, because I really really want this for me! The whole prayer is awesome, but oh Misty, page 172 second chapter – I KNOW she was talking specifically about me when she says, “Help me to resign my position as a game player and manipulator without resigning myself to a life of misuse!” I want that!! I am so tired of, “playing the game” of scheming and lying and I really want my life to be different when I come home.  I am determined to make it so. But that old me tells myself that if I’m not “playing the game” I will be the one getting played. Crazy how satan knows my weakness and uses it so well! I sometimes wonder why it can’t be for me like I have heard so many people say, “when I hit bottom I prayed and God took the desire away”. BS! I pray and I pray and I still struggle so much, so I begin to wonder am I just too bad or too far gone to really change? But I know that’s the devil trying to make me think it’s too late to change. So I ask you this… If I know this, why do I still think it? Not all the time, but enough to worry about! Ok friend I’m done tripping for today! I love the book, I hate the book, but it is so awesome!! Thanks again! 

New subject… he (little boy) is SO big and he looks so happy and healthy! I look at him and think to myself that I may have messed up so much other stuff, but I did one thing right in choosing to give him to them (the adoptive couple). Honestly after being sober for this long, married to a stable “square” man I questioned myself if I knew then what I do now… I mean that I was going to get married and would be able to provide a home etc. Would I still have done it? Then I look at this picture and I know he is exactly where he was meant to be because God chose his parents way before he was ever formed in me! 

I love getting her letters because she has changed SOOOOOOOO much since I first met her! I love that I’m about to be there for women like this who just need SOMEONE to give them a chance, or maybe just another chance. Please join us in praying for this birthmom. She is trying so hard to over come A LOT. It’s going to be a struggle when she gets out for sure. It’s always good to get reassuring letters like this about the adoption as well. I’m so glad she has peace about it and feels this way! I believe in her so much and have confidence that she will do just fine!

Misty

Doug, Denise and Family

We first came to Inheritance in September of 1997. We were heartbroken and desperate for a baby. We started the adoption process, not knowing how long or if we would ever get a baby. We had a failed adoption (not with Inheritance) in November of that year.

DougDeniseAndFamilyWe first came to Inheritance in September of 1997. We were heartbroken and desperate for a baby. We started the adoption process, not knowing how long or if we would ever get a baby. We had a failed adoption (not with Inheritance) in November of that year. We were still hoping for a baby and were still working with Inheritance.

In January of 1998, we received the best phone call ever! Inheritance had birthparents that wanted to meet us. The baby was already born and they wanted us to be his parents. We were very scared and nervous, but we knew we would never get a baby without taking another emotional risk.

We met the couple at Inheritance. We felt the meeting went well, but they wanted time to think about it. Later that night, we got the call that changed our lives. They chose us to be our son’s parents. We were so excited. The next day we brought our son home.

When our son was 18 months old, we once again decided we wanted another baby. We decided to go with Inheritance again because the adoption of our son went so smoothly. We started the process again in July of 1999. We again didn’t know how long it would take or if it would happen. In October of that same year, we got the call that we were chosen and a birth mother wanted to meet us. We were shocked! We didn’t think it would be that quick. We made plans for a meeting the next day. We were called early the next morning. The meeting place was changed. We would meet our birth mother at the hospital because she was in labor. Again we were in shock. Inheritance was with us all day and they were very supportive. They knew how stressful this whole process was on us, so they waited with us and they had even waited until the last moment to tell us about being chosen just in case. Our baby girl was born that evening. I was in the delivery room which was so exciting. I actually got to witness the birth of my baby girl! As you can imagine, we were so excited. Everything went smooth once again.

We felt like our family was complete until our daughter was about 2. We decided to once again contact Inheritance about adopting a 3 rd baby. In January of 2002 we got a call about a baby. Before we had even had time to decide, the baby was born. Not long after we brought the baby home, the birth mother changed her mind. We were devastated again, but we were so thankful for our 2 precious children God had already blessed us with. In July of 2002, we were chosen once again. We didn’t know if to get our hopes up or even tell anyone. We met the birth parents and started planning for another girl. We were still very apprehensive. After 3 long months, our baby girl was born in October of 2002. We were so excited to bring her home. We finally felt like our family was complete.

Adoption can be the most heartbreaking and the most wonderful event that can happen to a family. Adoption is a very stressful process, but the reward is indescribable. We love our children so much that we forget they aren’t ours biologically. We feel very blessed by God that He has given us 3 wonderful, beautiful, healthy and bright children. We are so thankful for Inheritance and all the support they gave us through those years. We really believe without Inheritance, we would not have been able to afford to adopt 3 children and that we wouldn’t have the family that we have now.

Thank you Inheritance for our family!

Doug, Denise and Family

Amanda M

I just have to share my awesomeness. I am a birth mother. I placed my son in June of 2009, it was the hardest, best thing I have ever done. When I began this long process I was flipping burgers at Carls Jr. After that, the agency helped me with lots of things, the most important was my education. I

I just have to share my awesomeness. I am a birth mother. I placed my son in June of 2009, it was the hardest, best thing I have ever done. When I began this long process I was flipping burgers at Carls Jr. After that, the agency helped me with lots of things, the most important was my education. I went to Guthrie Job Corps Center and I got my certification as a Computer Technician. Last week I got great news. I was offered a job from Dell in Oklahoma City where I am starting out at 17.31 an hour. Without the agency and their awesome people none of this would be possible. Thank you guys.

Amanda M

Linda Sakolevidis

Waiting can be a very tough time for some couples, and Linda is there to be a support and help you through it as much as possible. Linda and her husband Olaf have adopted both of their children through Inheritance. Destiny is 11 years old and Landon is 3 years old. Linda has two very different adoption stories with each child and is able to share with you her story, and help answer any questions, fears, or concerns.

Linda and her family live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and she is a full time RN. Adoption is her passion, and she loves to share their adoption stories and share how God blessed their family through adoption!

Leslie Howard

Leslie graduated from University of Texas at Arlington in 1990 with her Masters of Science in Social Work. She has worked in various roles with Inheritance Adoptions since 1996. Her primary role other than Executive Director is conducting home studies and approving couples as adoptive couples through Inheritance Adoptions.

In addition, she completes the post placement supervision of the child for the six months after placement until finalization of the adoption. She attends seminars annually to improve her knowledge and skill as an adoption social worker.  Her favorite aspect of her job is “watching God orchestrate placements to give children a stable, two-parent, Christian home in which to be raised.”