My Background and Passions
I have been married for 28 years and have three amazing children ages 24, 21 and 17 and one lovely daughter-in-law. I have been an adoptive mother for almost 17 years to a daughter who was adopted internationally. I have a BA in psychology from Transylvania University and I am a Christian who holds a Biblical worldview. I have traveled and lived in both Europe and Asia, and in addition to learning about other cultures, my core passions are my faith, adoption and helping people grow. I have worked professionally and in a volunteer capacity with adoptive families, children of all ages, missionaries and cross cultural workers, international students, orphans, the elderly and refugees.
Adoption Related Experience
I understand adoption from a variety of viewpoints and adoption has always been a part of my life. I grew up with close family members who were adopted and knew one day I would adopt a child. I have read extensively and attended many trainings on adoption, adoptive parenting, sensory integration, attachment, trauma and loss. I am a facilitator for "Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma" and have professional training and experience with Neurofeedback.
My approach to helping families uses principles and methods influenced by Theraplay, Experiential Learning, Trust-Based Relational Interventions, Daniel Siegel and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. I am skilled at taking clinical information and translating it into practical parenting approaches that foster and adoptive parents can use to improve their relationships and decrease negative behavior.
For the past five years, it has been my privilege to serve families, children and several birth mothers throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana in my work with Bethany Christian Services. I am thankful to have been able to work alongside and learn from such dedicated and knowledgeable co-workers who have committed their lives to helping foster and adoptive families.
I have also facilitated several parent support groups and visited and volunteered in orphanages. I am grateful for the many adoptive families that I have been friends with over the past twenty years. It has been a joy to support each other as our children have grown through the various developmental phases leading to adulthood. My daughter, who was adopted internationally, has by far been my biggest teacher on the issues surrounding adoption.