Adoptive Parent Services Support Specialist
Stacy is thrilled to be on the LifeLong Adoptions team! She has always wanted to work with people in a more intimate capacity, and with a BA in Sociology, she has the necessary attributes to do so—patience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to empathize without judgment. Coming from a big, traditional Mexican family, Stacy understands the importance of family and relationships. Outside of work, she enjoys running half marathons, traveling the world, admiring nature through hiking, and spending time with her loved ones. Stacy aspires to be a positive face for the company. She aims to highlight her organization and communication skills by supporting all teams in the completion of daily office needs. Above all, she desires to help and empower expectant mothers, by creating a supportive environment for them as they look to create a change for themselves and for a lucky family!
Q&A with Stacy
What do you do at LifeLong?
I advocate for Spanish-speaking expectant mothers by providing a safe environment for them. This safe environment allows them to be in control of all the decisions they make. My role is to support these women as a coordinator by ensuring they are safe and healthy, and as a friend by supporting them emotionally. Additionally, I exercise my administrative skills by providing support to all teams to ensure the efficient operation of the office.
When did you join the LifeLong team?
I joined the LifeLong family in October of 2018.
What motivates you to get up and go to work?
My incredible coworkers, my own family, and knowing that I get to make an impact on many people's lives.
What is your favorite inspirational, motivational, or positive-thinking quote?
I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.
What's your personal connection to adoption?
I come from a big, traditional, Mexican family where family is very important, but trauma is not a topic of discussion. I lacked emotional support in my life and I felt very alone. I strive to be the person I wish I had when I, too, was bearing similar emotions as the expectant mothers I work with.
What advice do you have for our waiting families?
Please, put yourself in your expectant mother's shoes. Imagine being seven months pregnant, hungry, homeless, and with the responsibility of two other kids — OVERWHELMING. Some of these women feel hopeless and all it takes is a stumble across your profile to feel some hope for once. These expectant mothers are selfless, brave, and incredibly strong woman that need to be reassured that we will support any decision they make at the end. Because in the end, that is what we are here for — to support her.
Who inspires you and why?
All my nieces and nephews inspire me to be and do better. They drive me to embody qualities I hope one day to see in them. All choices that I make in my life are always with their future in mind.
When are you happiest?
I am happiest when I am traveling.
What is your favorite family tradition?
Growing up, my family and I would all go camping every summer.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about mental health and the importance of self-love and surrounding yourself with the right people.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
The last experience that made me a stronger person was removing myself from an unhealthy relationship.
What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
The greatest challenge I have had to overcome in my life thus far is removing the voice from my head telling me I'm not good enough.
What was something that happened to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
Before starting at LifeLong, I was supposed to move to China for a year to teach English. The visa was delayed for months, and I was becoming impatient, so I started applying for jobs. I came across this interesting Birthmother Coordinator position and I was intrigued. So, I applied and decided to stay. Staying home was the best decision I could have made.
What do you like to do on your days off?
I like to practice yoga, cook, ride my bike, and hang out with friends.
Where is your favorite place to be?
My favorite place to be is sitting on the side of the Shedd Aquarium overlooking the city skyline, late at night.
What is one thing you cannot resist?
PIZZA. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
What are you proudest of?
I am proudest of being the first first-generation college graduate in my family.
What books are at your bedside?
Currently reading Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman. At my bedside, you can find motivational/inspirational, the Scarlet Letter, and yoga books.
What music is on your most-played list?
Some Masego, Drake, Jorja Smith, Florence and the Machine, J Balvin, Bad Bunny
What's your favorite TV show to binge-watch?
Tie between How to Get Away with Murder and Money Heist