About Hope Cottage
Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center is the oldest nonprofit, non faith based adoption agency in Dallas and has been serving North Texas since 1918. Over the years, we’ve compiled an impressive history of personal and compassionate services carried out by a professional, experienced staff and a board committed to community betterment.
The vision of Hope Cottage is to be the preeminent resource for:
- Every child to have a family
- Children, women and families to thrive
- Every adoptive family to be educated and prepared
- Women in crisis pregnancies to make informed decisions
- Our community to embrace all families
In all that we do, Hope Cottage will:
- Support adoption as a lifelong process
- Honor every decision
- Uphold the highest standard of ethics
- Continue to respond in innovative ways to changing community needs
Our Mission Statement
Hope Cottage nurtures and builds families through education, counseling and adoption services.
Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center is the oldest nonprofit, non faith based adoption agency in Dallas. It began in 1918 with the vision of one woman, Emma Wylie Ballard, who recognized a need to provide care for children abandoned on the streets of Dallas. She opened a small home to accept the babies, naming it Hope Cottage, and hired women to care for them.
It’s from these humble roots that Hope Cottage began to grow and flourish, subsequently becoming an adoption agency, placing children in homes, ensuring their futures and strengthening the Dallas community. Along the way, Hope Cottage has passed many significant milestones.
1923 Crowded conditions lead to the construction of the first permanent home for Hope Cottage at 2301 Welborn. Babies are cared for and loved in nurseries there until 1960. After that, babies are placed with foster families while awaiting placements with adoptive families.
1928 After securing community funding from the Community Chest, Hope Cottage becomes a United Way affiliate.
1960 With the community’s support, Hope Cottage embarks on what will be the first of several mergers with other agencies serving children. A collaboration with the Children’s Bureau, a large foster-care organization, broadens the focus to include older children in need of homes.
1965 Hope Cottage merges with a foster group home called the Girls’ Foundation of the Dallas Federation of Women’s Clubs. The result is foster group homes for girls and boys. Two maternity homes become a part of Hope Cottage as well.
1970 The legalization of abortion leads to a rapid decline in the number of adoptable children. Both maternity homes close, and women in need of maternity care are sent to live with special foster families. The boys’ home closes as well.
1978 Hope Cottage sells its home of fifty years and moves to 4209 McKinney Avenue at the corner of Fitzhugh and McKinney in Uptown.
1988 Specialized counseling for adoptive families, birth families and adopted individuals is made available. The Girls’ Foundation program is transferred to another agency providing similar services. Foster care is limited to those children awaiting adoption.
1997 The word “Pregnancy” is added to the agency’s formal name to better convey the available services for pregnant women in crisis. Hope Cottage establishes an International Adoption Program to facilitate the adoption of Romanian children and assist Dallas couples in building families.
1998 Construction begins on a 22,000-square-foot building at 4209 McKinney Avenue. An adoption education program, The ABCs of Adoption, starts teaching a structured adoption curriculum in local middle and high schools.
2006 To address the crisis facing the state’s foster care system, Hope Cottage enters into a contact with the State of Texas and establishes the Foster-to-Adopt program. Hope Cottage is selected by Spaulding for Children to be the lead agency for training healthcare professionals in how to talk to their clients about adoption.
2010 Hope Cottage receives a three year grant from the Office of the Governor Department of Juvenile Justice Division to implement TMAP (Teen Mentoring and Prevention), a program to address teen pregnancy and its relationship to poverty and crime.
2011 Hope Cottage implements Adoption 101, a program offered to social service agencies to equip their staff with the skill set needed to serve clients who might be interested in adoption as an option.
2014 Hope Cottage sells its property at 4209 McKinney and moves to the Wilson Historic District.
2015 Construction on a new service center at 609 Texas Street begins.
2016 The new Hope Cottage was completed in August 2016 and the building was dedicated on September 22, 2016.
Over the years as the adoption-related needs of the community have changed from “baby nurseries” and “maternity homes” to comprehensive pre- and post-adoption services, Hope Cottage has changed as well. For almost 100 years, Hope Cottage has provided essential adoption services to meet the needs of the people of Dallas and Fort Worth and gained a national reputation for excellence.
Your Gifts At Work
Board of Directors
Hope Cottage is governed by a volunteer board consisting of Hope Cottage families, business leaders and community volunteers. Each member serves a three year term.
Current Board Members
Vice President and Immediate Past President
Property Manager Carlisle Interests
Retired School Superintendent and Community Volunteer
CF & Co., L.L.P.
|Jerry E Holbert
Retired President and CEO
Human Resources Manager
Andrew P. LeGrand
VP Specialist-Information Security Engineer
Bank of America
Chairman of the Board
Capital Institutional Services
Sonyia Hartwell, MSSW Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Sonyia Hartwell has more than 20 years experience as a non-profit professional, fourteen in program and executive management. She was the last Executive Director of Womens Haven of Tarrant County before it was merged with Safe Haven, was Executive Director at the New Beginning Center in Garland and also served as Executive Director of Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT). Ms. Hartwell received her dual Masters in Social Work and Counseling from the University of Texas at Arlington and her undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University. She joined Hope Cottage in July 2009.
Judy Allen Chief Financial Officer
Judy Allen has more than twenty years in non-profit financial, HR and grants management positions with such organizations as Merced Housing Texas, The Womens Shelter, Avance Dallas and Neighborhood Housing Services in Ft. Worth. She received her BS in Economics from UT Arlington. Ms. Allen oversees all financial aspects of the organization along with handling all building and maintenance issues and tenant relationships. She joined Hope Cottage in August 2009.
Leslie Clay, MLA Chief Development Officer
Leslie Clay has worked for Dallas area non profits since 2000. Prior to her position at Hope Cottage, she served as the Director of Community Development for Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and has experience in both program and development work with the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of North Texas and the National Kidney Foundation Serving North Texas. Ms. Clay received a BA from Stephens College and her Masters in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. She manages fundraising, grant writing, marketing, public relations, communications, event planning and donor relations for the organization. She joined Hope Cottage in August 2009.
Brooks Quinlan, LMSW-AP Chief Programs Officer
Brooks Quinlan received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama and his undergraduate degree in Sociology/Psychology from the University of South Alabama. He came to Hope Cottage from the Alabama Post Adoption Connections. He has also served as a Post Adoption Specialist/United Kingdom/England with West Berkshire Council Family Placement Team and as a Detention Reform Initiative Coordinator with the Mobile County Juvenile Court. He is responsible for all programs and program staff. He joined Hope Cottage in August 2009.
Julie Hames, LBSW Infant Adoption Director
Julie Hames earned her B.S. in Social Work from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining Hope Cottage full time in October 2012, Julie served for five years as a trainer with the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Initiative through Hope Cottage. Julie has over 18 years of diversified social work experience working with children and families. She provides counseling and support to adopting families in the infant and embryo adoption program.
Meredith Bomkamp, LBSW, LCPAA Foster to Adopt Coordinator
Meredith Bomkamp joined Hope Cottage in February 2011 as the Foster to Adopt (FTA) Program Assistant and is now serving as the FTA Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of the Foster to Adopt Program. She and co-workers recruit and train Foster to Adopt families , making sure they are prepared to parent children in the state foster care system who are free to be adopted. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Eastfield College and her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Amy Bell, LMSW Post Adoption Coordinator
Amy Broussard also joined Hope Cottage in early 2011. Amy attended SMU where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology. She received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Texas-Arlington. Prior to joining Hope Cottage Amy worked the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, the Family Court Services and Refuge House. As a Post Adoption Coordinator, Amy provides counseling and support to Hope Cottage members of the adoption triad. In addition, Amy also coordinates post adoption services, client parties and post adopt groups.
Christina Finkelstein Youth Outreach Coordinator
Christina Finkelstein joined Hope Cottage in April 2011 after a varied career in education, including two years in the Peace Corps. Currently, she oversees and manages all aspects of the Youth Education Department and supervises Hope Cottage’s parenting education in the community. Christina received her BA in English from Tarleton State University.
Lib Berger, MSW, Marketing and Training Coordinator
Lib Berger joined Hope Cottage in August 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas. She markets Hope Cottage services to hospitals and other social service agencies and conducts all professional education programs.
Sara Campbell Adoption Counselor
Sara Campbell joined Hope Cottage in April of 2012. Earning her BS in Victim Studies from Sam Houston State University, Sara provides post adoption support to all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, birth family members, adoptive parents and adoptees.
Daena Magallon, MHHC Pregnancy Services – El Paso
Daena Magallon, Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor, works with birth mothers in the Greater El Paso area. She received her Bachelor in Social Work and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition to her work with birth mothers, Daena also presents adoption training to health care professionals in West Texas.
Jackie Moreno, Training Specialist
Jackie Moreno joined Hope Cottage in May 2014 as a social work intern. In September 2014, she became a Training Specialist in the Youth Education Department. As a bilingual trainer, Jackie presents TMAP, ABC’s of Adoption and RS+ to DFW Youth. She also provides parenting education to several parents and expecting parents in the community.
Kristin Oberg Training Specialist
Kristin Oberg joined Hope Cottage in November 2013. As a Training Specialist in the Youth Education Department, Kristin presents Teen Mentoring and Prevention (TMAP), Relationship Smarts Plus (RS+) and ABC’s of Adoption to teens in DFW schools and youth-based agencies. She also teaches parenting classes in the community. Kristin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University at Chico and gained professional expertise working with teens and families both in the U.S. and overseas.
Melanie Salas, MSW Pregnancy and Adoption Case Manager
Melanie Salas joined Hope Cottage in November 2013 as a Social Work Intern. After her internship was finished, she became a permanent member of the staff in the spring of 2014 first as a program administrator and now working with pregnancy clients. Melanie has a BSW from Stephen F. Austin College and an MSW from University of Texas at Arlington.
Christa Stewart Clark Infant Adoption Counselor
Christa Stewart Clark joined Hope Cottage in March 2014 as a Home Developer in the Foster to Adopt Department. In the summer of 2016 she became part of the Infant Adoption Team where she recruits, trains and verifies families in the Infant Adoption Program. She holds a BA from Texas Tech Universi
Marci Ado Foster to Adopt Counselor
Marci Ado joined Hope Cottage in June 2015 in the Foster to Adopt department as a case manager. She recruits, trains and verifies families wanting to adopt from foster care. She holds a BSW from Texas Christian University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Texas-Arlington.
Katherine Arredondo Foster to Adopt Case Manager
Katherine Arredondo joined Hope Cottage in November 2014 as a Foster to Adopt Case Manager. She provides case management to verified foster homes within the Foster to Adopt program. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Texas Woman’s University.
Gabriella Ibarra Foster to Adopt Case Manager
Gabriella Ibarra joined the Hope Cottage Foster to Adopt team in June 2016 after graduating with her Bachelor in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of North Texas. She provides case management to verified foster homes within the Foster to Adopt Program.
Molly Milligan Foster to Adopt Case Manager
Molly Milligan joined the Hope Cottage Foster to Adopt team in June 2016. She provides case management to verified foster homes within the Foster to Adopt Program. She graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services.
Hayde Cobos Pregnancy Counselor
Hayde Cobos joined Hope Cottage in April 2015 as a Pregnancy Counselor. She works with pregnancy clients in the Infant Adoption Program and has been working with birth parents since 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas-Pan American.
Ashley Rhodes Pregnancy Counselor
Ashley Rhodes joined Hope Cottage in March 2015 as a Pregnancy Counselor. She works with pregnancy and parenting clients in the Infant Adoption Program. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and a Master’s of Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Laura Guzman Administrative Assistant
Laura Guzman began providing administrative support to programming in November 2014. Prior to joining Hope Cottage she provided administrative support to STL Engineers and Dallas Habitat for Humanity.
Susan DeKruger Development Assistant
Susan DeKruger joined Hope Cottage in March 2015 as a Development Assistant. Previously she worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters International. Prior to that she held many key positions in the Telecom, Insurance and Utility industries. She provides administrative support to the Development department, including management of the donor database and maintenance of donor acknowledgement procedures.
Michelle Osborne Executive Assistant
Michelle has been with Hope Cottage since February 2006 and is an indispensable part of the team. She assists both the CEO and the Chief Development Officer, prepares grant submissions, maintains the agency website and donor database, coordinates the agency donor acknowledgement process, assists on Special Events and the ever ubiquitous “and other duties as assigned”.
Hope Cottage is proud to offer case management services and educational programs to many social service agencies, hospitals and school districts in the North Texas area. Our partners include:
There are no openings at this time.
24 Hour Pregnancy Hot Line: 469.418.4518
El Paso Pregnancy Hot Line: 915.319.9937
Tyler Pregnancy Hot Line: 903.352.9846
Dallas Office hours are:
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 pm Evenings and weekends by appointment
Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center
609 Texas Street
Dallas, Texas 75204
Main Phone: 214.526.8721
Toll Free Number: 1.800.944.4460
General Email: email@example.com
120 W 5th St., Suite 200
Tyler TX 75701
Call 903.352.9846 for an appointment
El Paso Office:
1204 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
Call 915.319.9937 for an appointment