About Abrazo

Pregnant? Placing? Call anytime, day or night: 800-454-5683 

Our Mission

The primary purpose and goal of Abrazo Adoption Associates is to offer birthparents and adoptive parents from all walks of life the opportunity to provide children with safe and loving homes through compassionate and open adoption planning, in which the highest quality of counseling, pre-placement preparation, and post-placement follow-up is provided at reasonable costs.
Abrazo Adoption Associates is a private, nonprofit adoption agency serving the needs of birthparents, children and adopting parents nationwide. Licensed by the State of Texas, Abrazo specializes in open adoptions. This means the agency, birthparents and adopting parents work together to make loving plans for childrens’ futures. Call us anytime, at 210-342-5683 or 800-454-5683.

Let’s be honest: for far too long, adoption agencies have been known for taking over peoples’ lives, judging them by outdated standards and depriving folks of control over their own destinies. At Abrazo, we’re working to change that. We educate, encourage and support our clients as they make their own best decisions. Abrazo offers help you can trust, because you deserve the best.

“Abrazo” is a Spanish word which means “hug or embrace” and this is, truly, what we’re about.

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Meet the AbrazoChicks

The AbrazoChicks, as our alumni have fondly nicknamed us, are open adoption professionals with a wealth of experience in this field (personal and professional), and for our staff adoption is not merely a job, but rather a calling. We do it all, from counseling to casework to stork runs and diaper changes, and we love what we do, because we love the parents and children we serve.


Executive Director

Elizabeth is a preacher’s kid, who majored in piano at Interlochen Arts Academy before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Sociology, and then a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She played piano professionally on the Riverwalk, worked in public relations, and directed church children’s choirs before becoming a licensed counselor, marriage & family therapist, and childcare agency administrator. Elizabeth considers her greatest accomplishments to be college cheerleading, founding Abrazo, and raising two fine sons as a single mom. Church keeps her sane, and chocolate, retail therapy and good wine keep her happy. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, politics, traveling and late night swimming.


Family Services Coordinator

Amy and her late husband struggled with infertility before becoming the proud parents of a miracle baby named Molly, now a college student. In addition, the Byrds were a licensed foster family, so Amy can truly understand the needs of those for whom parenthood does not come easily, and she goes the extra mile to prepare her clients for the ups and downs of the open adoption journey. Amy, who was a championship swimmer in her high school years, has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, rocking other people’s babies, fine wines and decorating her beautiful new home with her sweet, hardworking husband of a year, whom she met through an online dating site and who has also made her a beloved stepmother of four.


Birthparent Care Coordinator

Renee is a South Texas native who got her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, then put herself through grad school to earn her Master of Social Work degree. She is a licensed social worker, the published author of a novel, a serial dater, and the proud mom of an absolutely adorable canine fur baby named Bandit (and she is particularly blessed to have absolutely awesome hair.) She considers herself remedially-challenged when it comes to decorating, but she’s a great listener and a world traveler, and goes the extra mile to find great resources for her clients in need. Renee enjoys dancing, working out, doting on her nieces, and her favorite homecooked meal is picadillo (and yes, you read that right, lol.)



Agency Services Coordinator (v)

Jan is truly God’s gift to Abrazo, and she is the gift that keeps on giving. A retired Colonel who was an oral surgeon, she originally served as Abrazo’s counseling intern in 2019-2020 then graduated with her Master’s degree, yet graciously offered to stay on at the agency, where she provides community counseling services and office support. Jan and her beloved husband, a retired Chaplain Lt. Colonel, are the world-traveled adoptive parents of two adult daughters. They dote on their two amazing grandsons, and a whole menagerie of pets that include Corgis, cows and more, between their two homes in Texas and Oklahoma. In her free time, Jan enjoys sewing and quilting, gardening, the endless pursuit of learning and shopping on Amazon, and she consumes ginger ale by the case.



Our counselor is Lauranda Garza, who earned her Bachelor’s degree from UTSA as a former Abrazo/Mitchard Birthmother Scholarship winner. Lauranda (nickname: LaLa) subsequently earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Texas A&M, and her hobbies including crafting, family time and heavy metal music.




Post-Adoption Specialist

Ximena was born and raised in northern Mexico, but holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Spa Management from the University of Arizona; she worked in the hospitality industry in Scottsdale, AZ and at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She relocated with her husband to San Antonio, and went back to school to complete her Master’s degree in Counseling & Guidance with a focus in school counseling. A treasured member of the Abrazo team since 2016, Ximena is our Post-Adoption Specialist, providing the best of client support, homestudies and post-adoption supervision (she also moonlights fulltime as a school counselor.) This proud dog mom of two enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. Her claim to fame (besides having been Artie the Artichoke, her college mascot– yes, there is such a thing) is conversing fluently with just about anybody in English and/or Spanish, and running marathons if the medal looks good.

Our Programs & Events

In addition to quality placement services, we offer a number of programs and events designed to support our clients before and after placement. We know there’s no shortage of adoption resources out there, and we know our program isn’t necessarily the right one for everyone. We’re glad you’re checking out your options, and we wish you Godspeed in your journey, wherever it takes you.

Parents of Tomorrow Weekends

Parents of Tomorrow Weekends


Scholarship Funds

Camp Abrazo

Camp Abrazo

Angel Account

Angel Account

Abrazo Adoption Associates

10010 San Pedro, Suite 540
San Antonio, TX 78216
Abrazo Adoption AssociatesAbrazo Adoption Associates
3123 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78230

From Loop 410W, exit Cherry Ridge and travel west on the Loop 410 access road 4/5 mile; Abrazo is on the right side in the Glenny Law building, at the intersection of Cherry Ridge and the 410W access road. Enter the parking lot from the access road.

There is a reserved space for Abrazo guests in the front of the building; the rest of the lot is also open to building visitors, as is the back parking lot. Spaces which are not available to visitors are marked as such.

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3123 Northwest Loop 410
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