Michele L. Jackson brings over 25 years of working in adoption and orphan care to the NCFA Board. Ms. Jackson is a founding partner of Harden Jackson, LLC where she formerly practiced assisted reproduction and adoption law and continues to provide legal consultation. In addition, Ms. Jackson founded and was the primary CEO of MLJ Adoptions (now Nightlight Christian Adoptions). She is well-regarded for her work in assisted reproduction, international adoptions, and orphan care.
Ms. Jackson is the founder and Board Chair of Global Orphan Foundation (“GOF”). GOF works to improve the lives of orphans. Ms. Jackson lead the way for GOF to open a village for orphans in DRCongo in April 2019 which includes foster family homes, sustainable farming, farm training center, medical center, playgrounds, offices and community center.
Ms. Jackson has been a speaker on adoption and assisted reproduction for attorneys, law students and other professionals through her teaching at American Bar Association, Indiana University School of Law, National Business Institute, Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, National Counsel for Adoption, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was previously an adjunct professor at Indiana University School of law and a guest speaker at a number of universities throughout her career. Ms. Jackson’s commitment to continuing education in the adoption and legal arena will be an asset to the NCFA board as they focus on adoption education as an important part of their mission.
Ms. Jackson earned her Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 2000. Ms. Jackson has received many awards for her work in adoption and the legal community. On a number of occasions, Ms. Jackson has been recognized for her work by the Indiana governor and several U.S. Representatives and Senators. Ms. Jackson’s personal and professional commitment to the care of children without families will be an asset to the NCFA board. Ms. Jackson will bring her passion for the vulnerable children and all families involved in the adoption process to NCFA.