Meet the Team

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Jacqueline Anthony, Esquire

Attorney at family advocacy law firm

Jacqueline’s interest in the Family Court began at an early age, as she was reared in a family with four siblings who were adopted, and her mother was the director of an adoption agency. Jacqueline decided that she wanted to serve families through the legal process while helping the them maintain integrity, and she has built her practice around that concept.

Before and during law school, Jacqueline was a Certified Adoption Investigator for an adoption agency in the upstate of South Carolina. During law school, she was trained and certified as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. Following her certification, she devoted her pro bono service work representing children involved in abuse and neglect cases in the Charleston County Family Court. These Guardian ad Litem cases, along with her own personal experience with adoption and the Family Court, inspired her to practice family law in a way that focuses not only on the legal aspect of domestic relations, but also on the impact these events have on the individuals involved.

Jacqueline is an active member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, and the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association. She is also a private Guardian ad Litem and finds her work representing children in private custody litigation to be some of the most rewarding work in the practice of law.

In August 2012, Jacqueline was also elected by her law school peers to serve a three-year term on Charleston School of Law’s Alumni Association Board.

In 2008, Jacqueline co-authored an article entitled “1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act,” which was published in Fostering Families today. In 2014, Jacqueline co-authored an article entitled “Is Your Internationally-adopted Child a Citizen of the United States?,” which was published in Fostering Families today.

In 2008, Jacqueline was honored to receive the Congressional Angel in Adoption award, and again in 2013, Jacqueline was honored to be an integral part in the Families Forever Committee (a committee which she co-chairs) receiving the Congressional Angel in Adoption award.

In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys interior design, DIY projects, and boating. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and two children.

 
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Ashley Richardson

Adoption Support Coordinator at family advocacy law firm

Ashley joined the world of adoption in 2015 when she and her husband adopted their first child. Their journey was long and challenging, and they often found themselves feeling very isolated with lots of questions and no answers. Eventually, their journey led them to Jacqueline, and the process became much easier to walk through.

After adopting their oldest son, Ashley discovered a passion for helping expectant mothers and adoptive families navigate these very sensitive situations. She began fielding calls and emails about adoption from friends and friends of friends – how it works, where to start, and who to contact – soon after she and her husband brought their oldest son home. She loves working with expectant mothers and hopeful adoptive parents to equip them to make adoption plans and see the process through. Love is at the heart of every adoption, and Ashley feels compelled to share that with expectant mothers and adoptive parents.

Jacqueline helped Ashley and her husband bring home their second child in 2018, and they began to realize they could have a very good thing going! Ashley joined Family Advocacy Law Firm to support our expectant mothers and adoptive families through every step of their journeys. Her role – and passion – is to be a constant source of support for both parties, answer those middle-of-the-night questions, and help everybody involved find joy in the process.

Ashley is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives in Camden, SC, with her husband and two children. She enjoys home design, Clemson sports (Go Tigers!), being involved in the community, and is an amateur Bible scholar.