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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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

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

Many adoptees feel the need to talk about their emotions and thoughts surrounding their adoption story, it is normal. I provide support & strategies that are specific to adoptees as they explore what adoption means to them. Some adoptees experience complex developmental trauma & need therapy that can create safety to calm the hyper-reactive fight, flight or freeze response. I am particularly skilled at practical strategies they can use daily. I am also an adoptee & adoptive mom.

— Gina/GinaMarie Dattilo, Psychologist in Exton, PA

I'm an adoptee who has personal experience, as well as foundations in working with the foster care and adoption community. I have adoption competent training for mental health providers. I am member of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates.

— Emelia Thygesen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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