Certified in Adoption and Foster Care Counseling
For about a year now I have been working on completing my Post Graduate Certification in Adoption and Foster Care Counseling from the Portland State University. My final project on The Effects of Trauma on the Brain was recently accepted. This year of studies has enhanced my understanding of how adoption and foster care affects individuals (not just kids!) and their families.
What you might not know about adopted and foster care children
- Even if you or a loved one was adopted at birth there can still be intrapersonal conflict and issues surrounding their adoption.
- Children who have been in foster care have a high likelihood of suffering from some form of abuse:
- Intrapersonal conflict from adoption can affect the individual into late adulthood.
- Adoption affects the whole family. Not only the immediate family but also those in the extended family and within the community.
- Messages from the community or extended families can either enhance or hinder your adoption experience.
There are numerous factors that can play a considerable role in whether or not an adoption is successful and if the child is able to transition well through the stages of development.
These are just a few items that can have a huge impact on the successfulness of your adoption or your own intrapersonal struggles:
Core issues in development
- Feelings of grief and loss
- Attachment issues
- Guilt and shame
- Mastery and control
- Conflict with the family
- Divided loyalties of the child
- Effects on the brain
- Influences behavior
- Interpreting the behavior
- Managing the behaviors
- Connecting in the present
- Creating safety in your home
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Creating at attachment
- Bonding as a family
If you have noticed any of these factors playing a role in your family, or you have concerns about an adoption, or want to help bring your family closer together, you may want to consider counseling. If you are an adult still struggling with your adoption or feelings or guilt and loss, it is normal and I would be honored by an opportunity to help you. As a counselor it is my goal is to support you, your family, and children.