My name is Marilsa
Torres Medina (Mari). I am the owner of Florida Family Adoptions, and you will be working directly with me during the preparation
of your stepparent or relative adoption documents.
I am not an attorney,
but I have worked for attorneys most all of my adult life, mostly as an adoption paralegal or adoption program specialist.
After concluding a very rewarding career, I have decided to work for you.
I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico,
and I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
I was introduced to legal work in Connecticut in
1982 and continued working exclusively in this field after I relocated to New York in 1987 and until my move to Florida in
1997. I have devoted the last 25+ years to primarily serving in the legal community.
I am fully bilingual in the Spanish
and English languages. I was previously certified in the State of Connecticut as a Simultaneous Courtroom Interpreter.
many years of service working for attorneys, I occupied the position of Director of Program Development for a large Orlando,
Florida adoption agency from 2006-2010. During my tenure as the Director of Program Development, I was invited by an adjunct professor at Barry School
of Law in Orlando, Florida to lecture on Practical Adoption Procedures and Processing to law students enrolled in the adoption
From 2005 until 2010, I served on the
Board of Jeremiah’s Child, a foster-care ministry, as its Program Director, and from 2003 to 2009 I served on the Board
of Directors of Mary’s Shelter, a maternity home for adoption-minded women out of Altamonte Springs, Florida until its
closing in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, I served as a Director at Large for the Florida Adoption Council (FAC), and was the Chair
of the annual Adoption State Conference Committee from 2007 through 2011.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and weekend getaways
when work allows. One of my passions is the prevention of animal cruelty, and I strongly advocate for pet adoptions
through rescue organizations or no-kill shelters.
My office is located in the Professional
Building in Daytona Beach, and I service my out-of-area customers throughout Florida by driving to their homes or an agreed
upon meeting place to complete the necessary paperwork and notarizations.
I am dedicated to serving the community by
offering quality, nonlawyer legal document preparation assistance for stepparent and relative adoptions at an affordable price.
Family Adoptions is a Florida Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accreditated Business with an "A" Rating. We are properly
registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Member FALDP, The Florida Assocation
of Legal Document Preparers.