The following listing is a compilation of recommendations from our organizational partners and parents. We do not specifically endorse these centers. We offer this list as a resource.
Mountain View Counseling Center
Offers a variety of counseling for adoptive and foster families. Working within the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention, Michelle Badger, LPC has an offfice located in Somerset, NJ. Michelle works with children of all ages and has been working with foster and adoptive children in their homes for over ten years.
The Institute of Child Development
The mission of The Institute of Child Development is research, training, and outreach dedicated to the needs of families with at-risk children.The TCU Institute of Child Development (ICD) is a newly formed Institute (2005) created as a Vision-In-Action initiative supported by Chancellor Boschini at Texas Christian University. We are a part of the College of Science and Engineering and an outgrowth of the Hope Connection, developed by Dr. David Cross and Dr. Karyn Purvis in 1999.
Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center
Counselors at the IAC Center are trained to help clients by using a unique lifelong short-term therapy model developed by IAC Center Director Joni Mantell, a recognized infertility and adoption specialist. Constructed from psychoanalytic, child development and adoption life cycle theories and research, this model successfully teaches people coping skills for dealing with the emotional and social issues related to infertility and adoption.
IAC Center Counselors work with people facing infertility and/or considering their family building options; pre-adoptive and adoptive parents; adopted children, teens and adults; and birth parents in groups, workshops and counseling sessions to resolve issues that may occur throughout the life cycle. The IAC Center recognizes the multiple perspectives and lifelong themes associated with building families through adoption and donor options.
Counseling Center @ Bethany Christian Services of NY.NJ.CT
Bethany Christian Services offices located in Fairlawn, NJ have recently launched a Counseling Center focused on adoption and infertility. Their counselors have been fully trained and are well-versed in issues surrounding adoption, parenting, losses and much more.
Dr. Deb Castaldo
Dr. Debra Castaldo (also known as: “Dr. Deb”) is a nationally recognized relationship expert, who has provided guidance to others for more than 25 years as a couples, family, and child therapist. She brings a deep sensitivity to her work with women due to her own life experiences in long term marriage as a young adult, infertility and childlessness, separation and divorce, and dating at midlife. She is deeply passionate about her advocacy for women’s growth and development and couple relationships. Dr. Castaldo maintains a private practice in couples, family, and child therapy as Director of the Center for Couples and Family Solutions in Midland Park and Englewood, New Jersey.
She is also the author of Gifts of Love – Solutions for All Seasons and Divorced without Children: Solution Focused Therapy with Women at Midlife, based on her groundbreaking research on divorced women without children. She has also written numerous articles such as Redefining Intimacy, Re Booting Your Marriage, and Hitting the Wall at Midlife, and Why Long Term Marriages Fail.
Dr Debra Castaldo is also the author of Guidelines for Assessment of Foster and Adoptive Families for Placement of Sexually Abused Children and a contributor in A Handbook of Relational Therapy for Children in Foster Care, published by Child Welfare League of America.