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Friday25 April 2014

Post Adopt Team

The WHFC Post Adopt Team has extensive experience working with adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents around adoption-related issues. We invite you to contact us if we can assist with:

  • Post-placement counseling around issues of grief, loss, adjustment, search and reunion, and talking with children about adoption
  • Search and reunion with birth family members or children placed for adoption
  • Information and resources for homeland tours

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Korea Program Manager and Post Adoption Counselor
Betsey has been a social worker for more than 25 years. Before joining WHFC as a birth parent counselor and family social worker in 1994, she worked with at-risk children and families, and counseled children in a mental health center and the public schools. Since 1998, Betsey has managed our Korea program, one of WHFC’s longest running programs. Her post adoption expertise focuses on facilitating search and reunion between birth family members and adoptees. In addition, Betsey has traveled with families adopting from China and those on homeland tours to Korea and India. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston College.

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Philippines Clinical Program Manager and Post Adoption Counselor
Nicole has been with WHFC since 2006. She specializes in attachment issues and trauma, and has a special interest in older child adoption and post adoption issues. Before joining WHFC, Nicole worked in a residential treatment center, community health center and several schools as a psychotherapist for children. Nicole has also traveled to Ethiopia, China and the Philippines with families who were adopting. Adoption has been an important part of Nicole's life, as her younger brother is adopted. Nicole received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Africa Programs Manager, Clinical Manager and Post Adoption Counselor

Lisa, who joined WHFC in 1996, has worked with adoptive families for more than 20 years. Her clinical areas of expertise include older child adoption and multiracial families. As Africa Programs Manager, Lisa oversees the Ethiopia Program, where many birth and adoptive families maintain contact for years after their child’s placement. She has also worked with children and families in the US foster care system.

Lisa’s work is influenced by her personal experiences with adoption, including growing up in a blended multiracial family, and by what she is learning as a parent of two children. She enjoys watching children grow and helping families with developmental challenges. Lisa holds a BA from Stanford University and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Texas in Arlington.