Her Background and Passions
Renee has been married for 30 years and has three amazing children ages 25, 22 and 19 and one lovely daughter-in-law. She has been an adoptive mother for 18 years to a daughter who was adopted internationally. She has a BA in psychology from Transylvania University and is a Christian who holds a Biblical worldview. She has traveled and lived in both Europe and Asia, and in addition to learning about other cultures, her core passions are her faith, adoption and foster care and helping people grow. She has worked professionally and in a volunteer capacity with adoptive families for over 15 years. In addition, she has worked with children of all ages, missionaries and cross cultural workers, international students, orphans, the elderly and refugees.
Adoption Related Experience
In addition to extensive adoption, attachment and trauma related training, Renee has personal experience parenting an adopted child. She has been trained as a facilitator for "Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma" and has professional training and experience with Neurofeedback.
Her approach to helping children and families uses principles and methods influenced by Trust-Based Relational Interventions, Daniel Siegel, Theraplay and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills. She is skilled at taking clinical information and translating it into practical tools that foster and adoptive children and parents can use to improve their lives.
For the past six years, she has served children, families and birth mothers throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana in her work with Bethany Christian Services. She is 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.
She has facilitated multiple parent support groups and visited and volunteered in orphanages. She is grateful for the many adoptive families that she has been friends with over the past twenty years. It has been a joy for her to watch these children go through the various developmental phases leading to adulthood. Her daughter, who was adopted internationally, has by far been her biggest teacher on the issues surrounding adoption.