Adoption Issues

Navigating the complexities of adoption can be tough – both for the adoptive parents and the adopted child. Adoptive children and their new families may encounter anxiety, tension or stress. Children, even those who are adopted into caring homes, can experience conflicted feelings about being given up for adoption. Additionally, for parents working towards adoption, the system can seem impossible to get through. A mental health professional who specializes in adoption can be a great asset in helping a family sort through adoption-related issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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Navigating the world of adoption is a learning experience. Whether through private domestic/international adoption, through the US foster care system, or assuming responsibility for family or friends, there are often times ongoing struggles after the adoption is finalized. As an adoptive parent, I understand your unique experiences firsthand.

— Angela Butler-Carter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

As an adoptive parent and member of an extended birth family in reunion, I bring my own experiences and sensitivity to the task of providing adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth family members the support they need to tackle the complex issues inherent in adoption. I provide support groups, individual consultations on adoption-related issues, parenting coaching, and ongoing psychotherapy. I work primarily with teens and adults, both adoptees, first family and those parenting adopted children.

— Amy Hecht, Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC
 

I work with adopted and foster children, teens, and adults. I am an adoptee myself and have specialized training to serve this community from my participation in Portland State University's Foster and Adoption Therapy Certificate Program.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

As adoptees, we know better than anyone that adoption is not a singular event that begins and ends when a child is placed. The reality is: the thread lines of adoption stay with us forever, so what do we do with this knowledge? Often times, better understanding the separation and loss caused by adoption can give us clues into healing our core wounds and the things that perplex us most about why we do the things we do, and how to shift those things if we so desire.

— Andrés González, Therapist
 

I have lived-experience with adoption and birth parent and adoptive parent support.

— Jenna Vandenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

I have many years of experience working with international adoptees and their families, through the Catalyst Foundation Vietnamese Heritage Camps. I also continue to seek out professional consultation to grow my understanding of adoption issues and concerns.

— Nghia Le, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL
 

Adoption is complex and is not a one time event, it is an on going process with a significant impact on all members of the constellation. A clinician must be skilled and knowledgeable when working with members of the Adoptee community. As an adoptee myself, I offer lived experience as well as clinical training with Center for Adoption Support and Educations training in Adoption Competency program.

— Maria Trimble, Licensed Professional Counselor in , WI

I’m an advocate for adoptees and families impacted by adoption. I have an extensive background with foster care and adoption and have worked with all sides of the triad, including adoptees, birth parents, foster and adoptive parents. I understand how difficult and complex these issues can be and the significant impact on families.

— Lauren Butcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garland, TX
 

Fostered and adopted children can bring the greatest joy to our lives. Unfortunately, they may have had difficult experiences before coming into our care, including in utero or neo natal trauma, that can show up later as disruptive behaviors. The good news is that young brains impacted by trauma can heal. Through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), I can teach you how to get your child's behaviors under control in a way that is nurturing, healing to their nervous systems, & effective.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

I have worked with not only adoptees, but birth parents, adoptive parents and related family members who have been impacted by adoption. It is important to know and understand the complexities of adoption, including separation, loss, grief, trauma and related issues. I work with adults and teens in all aspects of adoption, pre and post adoption and search and reunion. I focus on the 7 core struggles in adoption (loss/abandonment, rejection, grief, guilt/shame, identity, intimacy and control)

— Lauren Butcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garland, TX
 

I have worked with not only adoptees, but birth parents, adoptive parents and related family members who have been impacted by adoption. It is important to know and understand the complexities of adoption, including separation, loss, grief, trauma and related issues. I work with adults and teens in all aspects of adoption, pre and post adoption and search and reunion. I focus on the 7 core struggles in adoption (loss/abandonment, rejection, grief, guilt/shame, identity, intimacy and control)

— Lauren Butcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garland, TX

As a person who experienced a step-parent adoption, I have been through the process & understand the important role therapists plays in the process. I have worked on every side of the adoption process. I've seen the heart break, the silver lining & the hope. I know how sensitive these adoption processes are & honor the role a therapist plays in either helping induce healing or causing more pain. Currently, I am in an intensive training process to become a certified Adoption Competent therapist.

— Tayler Clark, Clinical Social Worker in Shorewood, WI
 

Whether you always wanted to adopt, or made the decision based on other life factors, this can be one of the most stressful times of your life. It can also be very isolating if the people in your life have vastly different experiences than you.

— Dr. Dowtin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I will consult with you previous to and after the adoption process to help you adapt to parenting an adopted child. I will help you with issues of Reactive Attachment Disorder and building a cohesive family unit.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH
 

Children who are adopted out of traumatic situations often have behavioral issues arising from the past trauma. PCIT was researched and developed out of UC Davis Children's Hospital with a focus on children who have trauma, foster care, and adoption histories. Hope is available. With PCIT, together we can work to transform your child's behaviors and bring peace and warmth back to your family interactions again!

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

I have training and experience in trauma-informed care along with TBRI (trust-based relational intervention) to help transform the way you're connected to your kids and how they're connected to you. I am EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trained and experienced in identifying the negative core beliefs that are lingering from adoption trauma.

— Claudia Mattox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Magnolia, TX
 

I have been a part of the foster and adoption community and know how important it is to have someone you can talk to who understands what you are going through without explaining everything. Adoption is a beautiful and challenging experience. It is my pleasure to work with others growing their family through adoption.

— Missy Gerbrandt, Therapist in Springfield, MO

If you are adopted, it is likely the experience of being adopted is one of the most significant influences in your life. Many adults who were adopted as infants or young children, and were loved, accepted and valued by their adoptive families, still struggle with feelings of melancholy, grief and fear of loss, or are anxious about their capacity to belong, despite the experience of having loving adoptive parents and families. It seems that even with a wholesome family experience, the primal separation and loss that is a part of every adoption experience can fuel many anxieties in adoptees, especially fears of loss and abandonment and confusion about identity. Being adopted can influence a person throughout their lives. It is common for these influences to appear – or reappear. If you are seeking support to explore and process the impact of adoption in your life, having a therapist who understands both personally and professionally can be especially helpful. I'd like to help.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA
 

As an adoptive parent and counselor I understand the challenges faced in blending a family through adoption. I can work with you and your children on issues of grief and loss, identity formation, and attachment in blending your family.

— William Hemphill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA