THREE POINTS CENTER: First Residential Treatment Center for Adopted Adolescents

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Norm Thiebault, LMFT, Executive Director of Three Points Center, the first and only residential treatment center that focuses solely on the needs of adopted adolescents and their families. For more information go to the website, www.threepointscenter.com. Why did you decide to open a treatment center for adopted teens? Early in my career in residential treatment, I found that I was working with an...

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Lecture on Adoption by Paul Sutherland

In this fascinating lecture Paul Sutherland equates early relinquishment of the infant from the birth mother as a developmental post -traumatic stress disorder.  Unlike most traumas this type of developmental disorder has no pre-trauma personality. For instance in the case of an accident, or the experience of a Veteran in combat, the person recognizes they have experienced a significant change in personality before and after the traumatic...

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Adoption Journey Talk by Dore Frances

Dore Frances PhD and Educational Consultant helping educate families about out of home placements for over nineteen years and is very passionate about her work with families. You can find more information about her services at www.horizon familysolutions.com. Dore Frances was adopted at birth, and specializes in assisting families with adopted children and those with attachment disorders. In this article, reprinted with her permission from  her...

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Launching New Website

Launching New Website

I am pleased to share my new website for my private practice. Click here to access the site. I offer supportive counseling to parents with challenging teens and young adults.  As an adoptive mom, I am passionate about helping parents of adoptive teens and young adults.  As you might know, I am a dedicated Director at Willows in the Wind, a group that provides hope and help to parents with teens in high risk situations. In addition to my...

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PACER Groups for Adopted Persons and Birth Parents

I recently interviewed April Topfer an adult adoptee and President of PACER. PACER: Post-Adoption Center for Education and Research has served the Northern California adoption community for 35 years. PACER is a nonprofit and grassroots volunteer organization run by individuals with a lived adoption experience. With an estimated 6 million adoptees and roughly one third of the US population living with an adoption experience, PACER knows that...

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For Adoptive Parents: The Tween Years

For Adoptive Parents: The Tween Years

I joined 15 parents on Saturday, who wisely gathered to hear Beth Hall, Executive Director of PACT An Adoption Alliance, talk about what adoptive parents need to know about the tween years. Seriously, I could have used this workshop when my son was younger!I give these parents a lot of credit for getting help ahead of time. Launching an adopted tween is a little bit easier if you first understand the hidden developmental and behavioral landmarks...

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