About Legacy Adoption Services
Meet the Legacy Adoptions Staff
Jennifer Murillo, BSW
Jennifer found her calling to a career in social services within volunteer work and participating in many social service projects. She received her bachelor degree from University of Texas at Arlington and grew her career from managing Medicaid non-waiver disability programs to providing case management services to the homeless community. Jennifer is currently working on her master’s degree in Social Work at University of Texas Arlington. Growing up as an only child, she and her husband decided to have a large family. They have four boys and enjoy spending as much family time with them as possible. With Jennifer’s firsthand knowledge of family and community resources, Legacy is blessed to have her lead our counselors, and help girls learn their options, to create families and Legacies.
Jordan Ward, LMSW
Jordan graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Psychology. She then spent time in Honduras working as a teacher at a home for vulnerable children. She went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and holds her LMSW certification. Jordan has experience working with birth parents and adoptive parents as well as with refugee youth in foster care. Jordan’s own family has grown beautifully through adoption and she feels honored to have the opportunity to step alongside her clients as they navigate making an adoption plan or growing their family through adoption. Jordan and her husband Alex enjoy making homemade pizza, gardening and going two-stepping.
Options Counselor - Consultant
Ann grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana and graduated from Lake Charles-Boston High School. After serving in the US Army, she decided to return home to further her education. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University in 2003. She moved to Texas in 2005 to explore a career in law enforcement, but discovered that there was a different plan for her life. She began her professional career working in the field of mental health, while earning her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Ann went on to work with the aging and disabled population in various positions for over 15 years. She began writing home studies for foster care and adoption part time in 2009. She quickly discovered that the adoption field was her passion. She has experience with counseling birthmothers and with completing home studies for domestic adoption. Her goal at Legacy is to touch as many lives as possible by helping birth parents make the best decision for themselves and their families, and helping others to realize their dreams of growing their families through adoption.
Tarina Watson, LCSW
Options Counselor - Consultant
Tarina attended University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale for her undergraduate degree in Social work. Tarina received her MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi. At the age of 15, Tarina started volunterring at “Siblings camp”, this was a program for children in the foster care system; that were separated from their biological siblings. Every year, Tarina would volunteer two weeks of her summer to be a camp counselor to the youth in foster care. It was because of this program that she was determined to be a social worker and help empower and create change. Tarina has worked in Juvenile justice for 10 years as well as with Child Protective Services for several years. Tarina has been trained in EMDR, trauma therapy, mindfulness and various other therapeutic supports. Tarina worked in the Juvenile Justice System for 10 years and absolutely loved helping to empower those children and their families. Tarina has been completing home study reports and Health and Social educational reports for prospective adoption families for over 4 years.
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.
Katherine T. Otte
Adoption Consultant - Houston, TX
Katherine T. Otte received her B.A. in Child Development from Connecticut College and her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. She has been involved in the infertility and adoption field since 1980. As a result of her own personal experience with infertility and adoption, Kathie started her business as an Adoption Consultant in 1995, educating, guiding and supporting adoptive couples on their road to adoption. She has shared the joy of the adoption experience with hundreds of adoptive couples over the years. Kathie lives in Houston and is the proud mother of two adopted children.
At the request of the Houston Organization for Parent Education, Kathie wrote and developed the curriculum for an Adoptive Parenting Class. She has taught that class for over 15 years, helping families get ready for their long awaited child.
Kathie has been President and Director for the Gladney Auxiliary of Greater Houston and Infertility Network of which she was a founding member. She also has been Director of the Texas Foundation for Research in Reproductive Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the Gladney Center in Fort Worth. Kathie is a member of Adoptive Families of America, Inc., National Council for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.