Her Background and Passions
Renee has been married for 31 years and has three amazing children ages 27, 24 and 21 and one lovely daughter-in-law. She has been an adoptive mother for 20 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, helping people grow and adoption and foster care. She has worked with children of all ages, missionaries and cross cultural workers, international students, orphans, the elderly, refugees and adoptive and foster families.
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.
Renee has been involved professionally in the field of adoption for the past eight years. For the past four years she has coached families all over the world through internet coaching. She has held trainings and retreats for foster and adoptive parents in the Louisville, Kentucky area and hosted small coaching groups for adoptive parents and adoptive teens.
Prior to coaching, she served adoptive families throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana as an adoption specialist with Bethany Christian Services.
Adoption has been a passion of Renee's for a long time. Before working professionally in the field, she encouraged and supported vulnerable children and adoptive families in a volunteer capacity.
She has facilitated multiple parent support groups, visited and volunteered in orphanages in China. 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.