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

As an adoptee myself, I have a deep passion for working with adults who have been adopted or experienced foster care. Adoption is not a single event in a person’s life, it is an ongoing event as it continues to impact the lives of those involved. Questions and intense emotions can surface when life events such as health concerns, finding and interacting with biological family members, the start or end of a relationship, the birth of a child, or the loss of a parent are may be complicated or deeply significant.

— Kimberley Mead, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Learn how to connect better with others and become the self you have inside. An adopted child is a child that has experienced a loss. A child who as been adopted can grow up without any understanding of what they experienced or what it has done to them. When we experience a childhood loss it can often lead us living our life as in another loss or trauma is just around the corner. Threw adult adoption therapy we help you put the past in the past.

— Shoshana Aal, Counselor in Denver, CO

I became a therapist to work with adoptive families. As an advocate for youth in foster care, I learned about child welfare in Oregon. After grad school, I was certified in therapy with adoptive & foster families. I now lead workshops for foster parents & adoption staff. ~75% of my practice is with clients touched by adoption, including kids and adults adopted at any age, adoptive parents, and birth parents. Open adoption, grief work, identity, and search & reunion are common topics.

— MereAnn Reid, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

I earned my certificate of Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy in June 2017 and utilize a background of attachment theory with my work in this area.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

I worked as an adoption social worker for 12 years, and also have 3 children through foster care, so I understand both personally and professionally the challenges of adoptive parenting. I also have been certified as an expert in attachment theory and have worked with many children with attachment issues and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

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!

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

I have a sub-specialty in Post-Adoption Family Therapy. I bring numerous years of working with children in the foster care and adoption field to my private practice work as a family therapist. I appreciate the fact that adoption is a life-long issue. It is not uncommon for families who have adopted children to experience conflicts with their adopted child or in the adjustment of the family, years after the adoption has been finalized. At this point, I can help parents and families get things back on track, keeping in mind the history and experiences of everyone involved.

— S. Abigail McCarrel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arcadia, CA
 

I am a TBRI Practitioner. This attachment-based model is used primarily for children who have been adopted or are in foster care. It is also relevant for children who have experienced developmental (long-term or early) trauma. TBRI helps these children to heal through relationship with the parent/caregiver and therapist using games, activities, role play, teaching, and trauma-informed parenting approaches.

— Kaci Ott, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

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.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Being part of the adoption triad can be complicated. There can be an extraordinary amount of love, but there is also a huge amount of loss. Many adopted kids feel the loss, but don't understand it nor know how to articulate it. Who am I? Why was I given up? We discuss these issues in a loving and safe space. Working with the parents helps them understand their child's struggles and learn that this is not a rejection of their love, but a necessary part of the adoption process.

— Laurie Levine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Herndon, VA

Expectation of adopted parents vs reality, assembled families: difficulties and possibilities. For adopted people, finding their identity, loyalty, and questions that might not have answers.

— mariana iurcovich, Psychologist in Boulder, CO
 

An adoptive mom with over 10 years of professional experience as an adoption caseworker for a nonprofit adoption agency, I work with birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees and help each explore identity issues, relationship concerns, and reunification. Open adoption, closed adoption, private adoption, foster care — we explore the issues that clients have when they walk through my door.

— Amy Shore, Counselor in Sugar Land, TX

Learn how to connect better with others and become the self you have inside. An adopted child is a child that has experienced a loss. A child who as been adopted can grow up without any understanding of what they experienced or what it has done to them. When we experience a childhood loss it can often lead us living our life as in another loss or trauma is just around the corner. In adult adoption therapy we work together to help you put the past in the past.

— Shoshana Aal, Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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 loneliness, sadness, anxiety, grief and fear of loss, 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 reassuring and meaningful. I am here to help.

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

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

For some, adoption is the very first choice for family building. For others, adoption is a second choice after infertility, one which they may struggle to embrace. There are considerations that come up in adoption more or less universally and some that apply specifically to people coming to adoption after infertility. I have worked with all members of the adoption triad both pre- and post-adoption. Please see my page on adoption on my website at https://www.taranoonesocialworker.com/adoption

— Tara Noone, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA