Looking for a caring, adoption-competent mental health professional in your area?

Directory of Adoption Competent Professionals

Stressed_Parent_On_Board_2012Access to adoption-competent mental health professionals is crucial to promote adoption success and the well-being of all those involved. The Center for Adoption Support and Education has trained more than 700 mental health professionals from across the country through the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) program.

Looking for a caring, adoption-competent mental health professional in your area? Below you will find contact information and bios for many of our TAC graduates.

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News from Bulgaria: BOOM!!! Another Boy Finds His Family

BOOM!!! Another Boy Finds His Forever Family.  Welcoming home our Hopscotch family and one very handsome young man from Bulgaria!


News From Armenia: Two Awesome Kids Joined Forever Families Today!

Congratulations to our Hopscotch families in Armenia today! Happy Kids. Happy Families!


How to “S#@t” Around the World by Dr. Jane Wilson-Howart

513qZJDJ0iL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_ If you travel or dream of traveling – you can relate!

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How To Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick

By Jodi Ettenberg


Read How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick. This is a super helpful piece on how to enjoy street eats on your travels.

News from Armenia: It’s a Girl!

News from Armenia: Congratulations to our Hopscotch family on their successful registration with a beautiful baby girl!  


Register Now! Anxiety and Depression in Adopted Children

Upcoming Webcast

Anxiety and Depression Webinar: Thursday, April 7 8PM Central


Studies show that the rate of anxiety and depression in adopted children is more than double that of the general population.

Depression, while usually associated with lethargy in adults, often looks like anger in kids. Anxiety typically sounds fearful in adults, but looks more like avoidance, annoyance or off-the-wall behavior in children.
Specific topics will include:

  • The incidence of depression and anxiety in our adopted or foster children
  • The role of early trauma and how it can play out over time
  • What depression and/or anxiety looks like at different ages and stages
  • How to help kids develop more coping tools
  • When to consider professional help

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Georgian Crush. A Little Adrift by Shannon O’Donnell

Source: www.alittleadrift.com

A Little Crush… Uncovering the Charms of Tbilisi, Georgia


Maybe it was the wine. Or perhaps it was the latticed balconies? The unfettered hospitality played a part. And the idyllic scenery was persuasive. For the life of me, I can’t pin down precisely what made Tbilisi, Georgia so charming.

Since I left the country in late October, I took on the mantle of fangirl for the Republic of Georgia. I gush about it to any willing ear. I returned home late last year to holiday dinners and nights spent playing cards with friends. Between these engagements, I edited photos from my fall travels. Each night, with a swipe of the keyboard, a new image flashed on the screen. Like a slide projector warming up, memories flickered into my consciousness. Each cropped and straightened photo rekindled my crush on this beautiful little city in the far east of Europe.

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Four Reasons Adoption Can Be Expensive

Source: http://showhope.org


One of the most common questions people ask about adoption is,  “Why is it so expensive? If there are millions of waiting children around the world, why is it so difficult to bring them home?”

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Adopted boys finally unite with their parents after painful 3-year wait

Source: www.today.com

By Alexandra Zaslow

adopted-family-united-hug_2a72fa315a45f2a9134b1aaa8acf17f5.today-inline-large After a three-year wait, Jennifer and James Grover’s two sons are finally home.

The Utah family’s lengthy journey began in 2012 when they first began the process of adopting Joseph, 14, and Bronson, 7, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

And it capped off with an emotional meeting at Salt Lake City airport earlier this month, when the boys raced into their awaiting parents’ arms.

"Until I was holding them, I didn’t believe it," Jennifer Grover said. "We’ve already been through the adoption process three times before, but this one sent us on an emotional roller coaster."

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