Legal Adoption Services


Our legal adoption team works to provide a smooth legal process for the child and everyone involved. We make sure your paperwork is always complete and accurate by staying up to date on adoption laws at state and federal levels. As an agency, we're here to listen to you, answer your questions and address your concerns every step of the way.

The Team

Heidi Bruegel Cox

Heidi Bruegel Cox,

General Counsel & Executive Vice President, JD

Heidi Bruegel Cox is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Gladney Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and has worked as an attorney in the field of adoption for over 25 years. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and serves on the board as secretary for the National Council for Adoption.

As a child advocate, Heidi is active in educating the public and promoting legislative initiatives to protect children and support positive adoption practices, Heidi previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Adoption Review Committee which examined the child welfare system, seeking solutions to remove barriers to adoption for children in foster care. 

Heidi has also served on the board of the Texas Family Law Council, which supports the efforts of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Heidi was inducted into the Adoption Hall of Fame at the National Council for Adoption Annual Gala in Washington, D.C.

Reagan LaBarr 2020-4Reagen LaBarr

Legal Assistant

Reagen LaBarr joined Gladney's legal team in 2020. Working for Gladney's Legal Department has provided Reagen with the opportunity to explore her passion for learning and helping others by working closely with Heidi to remove legal barriers for those planning adoption.

Child Advocacy

Gladney launched an advocacy page as a resource, to keep families and other child advocates informed about what we are seeing, and to provide a communication avenue for individuals to notify Gladney about other issues you are aware of or to let us know your thoughts about the issues we are following.

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