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Adoption Education and Consulting

International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC

Dr. Jane Aronson, FAAP
128 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
P: 973.763.3762
F: 973.763.8640
E: orphandoctor@gmail.com

Dr. Aronson educates families hoping to adopt children both domestically and from abroad, starting with pre-adoption counseling to long-term developmental issues and concerns.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

Madeleine Krebs, LCSW-C, Clinical Director, with more than 35 years of experience providing psychotherapy for families with children of all ages. She has worked extensively with foster and adopted children who have experienced early trauma, grief and loss and with families concerning domestic, international and kinship adoptions. Ms Krebs is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony in court on behalf of the child.

4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone: 301.476.8525
Fax: 301.476.8526
Website: www.adoptionsupport.org

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is dedicated to providing support and education to everyone in the adoption community.

C.A.S.E. was created in May 1998 to provide pre and post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.

C.A.S.E. is a private, non-profit adoptive family support center. Its programs focus on helping children from a variety of foster care and adoptive backgrounds to receive understanding and support which will enable them to grow into successful, productive adults.

C.A.S.E. defines post-adoption services as ongoing, comprehensive support services that include education, counseling, family forums, and advocacy which address clearly identified developmental issues and social-emotional challenges frequently shared by adoptees and their families. Post-adoption involves preventive measures to ensure the preservation of adoptive families.

Debbie Riley, Executive Director provides a consultation with a family and the problems the child or adolescent is exhibiting. Specializes in Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). That is what makes C.A.S.E.’s clinical team unique.

In addition to our services for children/adolescents and their families, C.A.S.E. therapists also work with adults who were adopted, prospective adoptive parents and birth parents. Clients at C.A.S.E. also benefit from the Center’s strong collaborative community network of educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other mental health providers, which ensure extensive access to school and community services. http://adoptionsupport.org/couns/couns_staff.php

Marlynn Pharnes, LMHC 6039

Cypress Gardens Boulevard #164
Winter Haven, FL
Email: marlynn@marlynnpharnes.com
Website: http://marlynnpharnes.com

Whether it is the tweaking of a perspective on life, or the need to explore deep-seated trauma, Marlynn provides for a spectrum of needs. Individual therapy is offered, but more times than not there are needs within the family or support system to be explored and met. Marlynn encourages families to participate in counseling and/or therapy and works within the relational space between family members. This customizes counseling or treatment to each family’s needs. Marlynn places high focus on the adults in family work, reaching them through training and education and realizing their ability to create a therapeutic healing space in their home is optimal for all members, especially children.

Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families

715 South Oakwood Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511
Phone: 813-651-3150
Website: www.sylviathomascenter.org

POST-ADOPTION FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM

While training can result in healing beginning before issues become extreme, case management services are still needed to oversee and assist with the healing process, especially where finances and insurance are inadequate. The Sylvia Thomas Center provides services that are comprehensive and family-centered. They strive to strengthen the family by focusing on both parents and children.

The Post-Adoption Family Support Program provides case management services to families in crisis or need after adoptions are finalized, a service not available elsewhere. This service prevents adoptions from being dissolved. Most families come to the Sylvia Thomas Center on their own but some are referred by judges in Family and Juvenile Court and the Sheriff’s Department.

Their case managers work with the family to jointly assess needs and formulate a family plan with specific goals the family wants to achieve. Typically, identified needs may include mental health services, legal services, tutoring, school supplies, residential placement services for more intensive treatment, couples counseling for the parents, Medicaid services and sometimes just hand-holding through court hearings, parent-teacher conferences and the filling out of forms. They also review family financial and insurance situations to determine the need for financial assistance.

Once plans are in place, the case managers recommend service providers, link the families with the needed services and arrange for the services to be paid for by ASO funds where necessary.

The Post-Adoption Family Support Program provides families with all the tools and support to thrive as a forever family. This program provides additional services as well. During the holiday season, adopted children are treated to a party and provided gifts generously contributed by donors. Over spring break they provide three days of fun activities for the children – a trip to the movies, the zoo and a park. This offers respite to the parents and assists with childcare issues when parents are employed. They provide life books, similar to scrapbooks, to the children so they can capture memories of both their biological and adoptive families.

While many families enter the Post-Adoption Family Support Program years after finalization, there are families who are receiving services pre-adoption and simply need to continue those services after finalization. The Sylvia Thomas Center works with Camelot Community Care to smooth the transition for these families and avoid the interruption of services.

Once the families achieve their goals and no longer require case management services, the staff encourages families to continue attending support groups.

Other agencies are focused on promoting adoptions or on putting the adoptive families together and having the adoptions finalized. The Sylvia Thomas Center is the only agency in Hillsborough County funded to assist families with adoption issues after finalization. We are the agency charged with putting the “forever” into forever families.

Insight Counselors, P.A.

Carol Crow, LMHC, NCC, BCETS
200 South Hoover Boulevard, Suite 170
Tampa, FL 33609
813-915-1038 phone
888-218-7138 fax
Website: http://insightcounselors.com

At Insight, we employ many traditional forms of psychotherapy. In many situations, part of our comprehensive treatment approach includes the use of EMDR. Careful preparation is always required before EMDR sessions and it is never used alone. Thorough client history and assessment for readiness determines whether this will be an appropriate intervention for each client. In the treatment of children, parent training and education are critical to the child’s progress. Many situations require new approaches to parenting and family interventions. Groups or classes for parents may be used to support the work.

The Florida Institute for Family Attachment is an important part of Insight Counselors, PA. Carol Crow founded the Institute to assist families as they seek to help their children form healthy family connections. The Institute is a specialized attachment practice and Carol has extensive training and experience in this field.

The duration of treatment and frequency of sessions are based on individual needs.

Insight specialties include:

  • Adult Issues
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Adolescents
  • Co-Dependence
  • Children
  • Depression
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Self Esteem
  • Adoption Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Solutions
  • Abuse
  • Parenting Skill Enhancement
  • Chronic and Terminal Illness
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Chronic Pain

Cindy Kaleita

Cynthia A. Kaleita, LMHC, LLC
2756 Deer Berry Court
Longwood, FL 32779
407-342-6288
cynthia@cynthiakaleita.com

With over 15 years experience in the mental health field, specializing in individual, marriage and family therapy, I work with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are helping children and adults through major life transitions, as well as improving their relationships with self and others. Developing direct and honest relationships is the foundation for living an emotionally healthy life. As a therapist, I model this principle in my work, and help clients develop the tools to build healthy relationship practices in their lives.

I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

I am also a wife, mother and grandmother, and I bring my life’s experience to my work.

Creating a Family

Online adoption education covering a variety of topics from Adopting a Child with HIV, to Why Open Adoption, and everything in between. Great resource for prospective adoptive families as well as families that have already completed an adoption.

http://creatingafamily.org/learning-center/course/courselist.php

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American Heart Association CPR

If this location is not convenient for you. please check your local AHA. CPR Flyer

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of approximately 340 attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy’s work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices.

Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care

You are able to click on an interactive map of your state to find a list of pediatricians in that area who specialize in providing services for children who are adopted.

http://www2.aap.org/sections/adoption/directory/map-adoption.cfm

Florida Center for Child Welfare

Operating within the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies, “The Center” works in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families to ensure information contained on this site is timely, accurate and useful to child welfare professionals and others. The Center is funded by Florida’s Department of Children and Families. Information and training resources are available to you 24 hours a day.

http://www.centerforchildwelfare.org/

PURL Adoption Advisory

We are an adoption consulting company helping families across the country. We believe working with reputable adoption attorneys and is selecting agencies is the best way for families to adopt. This is why we want to collaborate with you. Together, our families are more educated, prepared and ready for their adoption journey.  PDF Brochure 

Extend Your Tent

Stephen and Melissa started a new ministry, Extend Your Tent. which officially launched in 2018 after working on it  for over a year. The mission is to provide financial, informational and spiritual resources to Christian families interested in adoption.  They do this through social media and also church classes for those interested in adoption. They plan to provide prospective families with information on different agencies, attorneys, and consultants.  We know in this world of information overload it can be cumbersome as adoptive families start their “what next” search. https://www.extendyourtent.org/ 

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