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!

Meet the specialists

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
 

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

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 kinship network. 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 experience as I'm trained with Center for Adoption Support and Educations training in Adoption Competency program.

— Maria Trimble, Licensed Professional Counselor in , WI
 

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

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 Humble, TX
 

Because I am adopted, I am intimately familiar with the early attachment injury that, on some level, invariably accompanies adoptees, although for most of my life I believed that my adoption had no effect on me. Through my own process, I have become aware of how those early, pre-verbal messages from before birth and in early development live in the body and in the older, more primitive parts of the brain.

— Wendy Dingee, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Las Vegas, NV

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, Social Worker in Garland, TX
 

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

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

I help treat adult adoptees who struggle with the unique feelings surrounding being adopted. I also help adoptees who have reunified with their biological families.

— Ana Cristina Uribe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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’m an advocate for adoptees and families impacted by adoption. I have an extensive background with foster care and worked with all sides of the triad, including adoptees, birth parents, foster and adoptive parents. I’m also a parent of a child with an adopted sibling in reunion and have been touched by the generational effects of adoption through immediate and extended family. I understand how difficult and complex these issues can be and the significant impact on families.

— Lauren Butcher, Social Worker 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, Social Worker in Garland, TX

I have provided services to those in the world of adoption including a support group for foster and adoptive parents, helping bio sibs adjust to foster sibs being returned to their families and working with adoptive children and youth in mental health crisis. In addition, I am an adoptive mother of three all of whom were adopted at older ages.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA