Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation program supports families formed by adoption or guardianship with counseling and crisis intervention.

“My graduate degree has helped me understand the human mind, learn empathy, and the importance of getting an understanding of the clients … of providing compassion to the individuals we work with,” shares Brenda Love, a therapist with our Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (ASAP) program. “Everyone has a story that is important for them, and they want to be heard and understood.”

One of the most rewarding parts of the job for therapist Brenda Love is “to see a kid’s face light up when they really start to understand what you are trying to teach them,” she shares.

“Kids are so resilient and willing to learn.”
Brenda Love

This client-driven approach is the foundation of our work with families.

“Each child has been able to improve in their own unique ways, leading to a more connected and supportive family dynamic.”
Dillon Murray
Social Worker

The Daichendts have six children, two of whom are adopted; their openness in individual and family therapy helped strengthen their family dynamic, as well as their ability to effectively support Manny’s Autism-specific needs and behaviors.

Older adult caregivers Lee and Kate grew in their therapeutic parenting of their adopted daughter Lexi, particularly in how trauma affects her behavior.

Pria and Michele, both strong and optimistic, commit to themselves and each other in therapy, progressing toward their own goals while strengthening their mother-daughter relationship.

This program, offered at Centers across Metropolitan, empowers families formed through adoption or guardianship. Counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance help families with children who have experienced trauma address adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues. 

A range of home-based and group-based support, as well as connections to additional resources, help ensure sustainable progress; our staff re-envisions the ASAP foundation to fit each family, regardless of what their story looks like.


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