Heather and Gabriel are based in SouthWest Virginia. Heather is a Licensed professional Counselor in the state of virginia and Gabriel is a resident in counseling.

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Ep. 44 Adoption and Mental Health Part 2

Marge Thornton, MSW, is the Program Manager for the Adoptions and Pregnancy Counseling division of Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Virginia.  With over 27 yrs of experience in the field of adoption, Marge has been blessed to join with families and individuals in honoring both their joy and their pain.  In this episode, Marge lends us her expertise to explore another layer in the onion of adoption:

The experience of birth families creating an adoption plan for their child:

  • Stigma

  • Grief and loss

  • Benefits of open adoption

Challenges faced by adult adoptees engaged in birth family searches:

  • Developmental stages that prompt individuals to search

  • The process of searching

  • The range of outcomes and emotions experienced in searches

  • If you would like more information about the Adoptions and Pregnancy Counseling program at Commonwealth Catholic Charities you can visit their website at www.cccofva.org

Ep. 45: Recent Favorite Books for Clinicians

Ep. 43 Racial and Ethnic Identity in Adoptive Families