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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The separation between you and your birth family can lead to a deep sense of abandonment, rejection, loss, confusion, identity issues, guilt/shame, and issues with control. It can also leave you vulnerable with a strong desire to search for acceptance and a sense of belonging often in unhealthy places. Without healing this trauma fuels expectations of further abandonments, relationship issues, and addictions. It's time to begin the work of acknowledging how having been adopted has affected you.

— Leanne Tanis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carefree, AZ

Maybe your kid has sensory stuff, or they always need to be in control, or they scream all the curse words when they get upset. I've got you. None of that scares me. In fact, I consider all of that within the range of normal for a kid with trauma. And you can't really have adoption without a free side of trauma, no matter how young your kid was when they came to you. We will learn how trauma affects the brain. How sensory stuff not only makes sense, but can actually be managed, and more.

— Lindsay Garrett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Shenandoah, TX
 

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 in Magnolia, TX

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 adoptee myself I know firsthand of the struggles we face. Who am I? Where did I come from? Why did they give me up? Even those who were adopted by a loving family can still struggle with identity issues. I can help you work through issues you might be having with being adopted.

— Troy Hylan, Counselor in Shreveport, LA

I have worked with adoption agencies in hospital settings as new mothers signed off their rights as parents to working with adolescents who transitioned from foster care to adoptive homes. I also have had clients of adult age learning to cope with what it has meant for them to be adopted.

— Andjy Joseph, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta,
 

Are you adopted? Are you considering adoption and have questions or concerns about how to work with the child’s past? I have worked with clients who have had trouble reconciling the relationship with birth and/or adopted family or have self doubt and self esteem issues related to being adopted. I am an adopted adult and have worked in the foster care population and with adoptees for 15 years.

— Jennifer Moreno, Counselor in Warrenville, IL

I have a special passion for providing support and services to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, resource parents and anyone from the foster, adoption and kinship circle. As an adoptee myself, it is an honor for me to be able to give back to the community I am also a part of. I have completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACC) and Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) training to become an adoption-competent therapist.

— Elliott Odendahl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomington, MN
 

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 have completed the Center for Adoption Support and Education's accredited training in Adoption Competency program (TAC) and have supported adoptees of all ages and their families working on identity, grief and loss, and life transitions. In my work, I often support adoptees and their families going through the search and reunion process, processing trauma, and understanding neurodivergence.

— Christa Carlton, Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD
 

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 Clinical Social Worker in Wylie, TX

I have a special passion for providing support and services to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, resource parents and anyone from the foster, adoption and kinship circle. As an adoptee myself, it is an honor for me to be able to give back to the community I am also a part of. I have completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACC) and Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) training to become an adoption-responsive/aware therapist.

— Elliott Odendahl, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomington, MN
 

Navigating the journey of adoption can bring unique emotional complexities for adoptees, biological parents, and adoptive families. In my practice, I offer a safe and understanding space to explore these intricacies. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each unique adoption story, always ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.

— Janice Reyes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

The impact of adoption comes up a different times throughout the lifetime - starting school, graduation, moving away, getting married, starting a family. As an adoption competent therapist, and transracial adoptee myself, I know having better understanding the separation and loss caused by ambiguous losses of adoption can be so painful. Adoptees hear messages like, "you should be grateful" instead of holding space for the loss which can lead to anger, hopelessness, guilt, and isolation.

— Emma Rady, Counselor in , MD
 

While working previously as a home study evaluator, I first became familiar with the interpersonal dynamics and adjustments that families encounter when deciding to grow their family by adoption. Since then, I've undergone additional training on adoption issues and read anything I can get my hands on related to adoption! I take an adoptee-centered approach and support adoptees in positive identity formation, exploring grief and loss, and bravely sharing their unique stories.

— Caylin Broome, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

I have additional training as well as personal experience with adoption. I have experience dealing with adoption from a variety of perspectives including the challenges associated with adopting or with placing a child for adoption.

— Curtis Atkins, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Navigating the journey of adoption can bring unique emotional complexities for adoptees, biological parents, and adoptive families. In my practice, I offer a safe and understanding space to explore these intricacies. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each unique adoption story, always ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.

— Janice Reyes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, 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
 

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 am an adoption-competent therapist who graduated from the accredited Training for Adoption Competency. My goal is to work together with my clients, show them their strengths, and help them live a more healthy lifestyle

— Sabrina pyl, Associate Professional Counselor in Portland, OR