Center for Adoption Support and Education
WISH LIST: $115: therapy session for a family in crisis; $250: initial assessment to bring a family into supportive services; $1000: seminar on the unique needs of foster and adopted children
In 1998, Kathy and Mike Dugan, parents of nine children adopted from the Prince George’s County foster care system, struggled in vain to find a family therapist who understood the impact of adoption on children’s lives. So the Dugans became unintentional philanthropists: they created the Center for Adoption Support and Education, and their vision has since helped some 5,000 adoptive families. Estimates suggest that three-quarters of school-age children in foster care (many of the Center's children have spent time in the system) experience abuse, and one-quarter experience post-traumatic stress disorder – which is exacerbated by the trauma of multiple foster care placements. Depression, anxiety, aggression, and fear are common problems, and they can challenge a family's survival. The Center offers adoption-competent therapy for children, parents, and families of all adoptive experiences; therapy and counseling for children whose age or circumstances create added challenges in finding permanent homes; and training and education for hundreds of professionals about the unique challenges of adoption. If this is your cause, you have found your home.
Debbie Riley, LCMFT
Chief Executive Officer
4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260
Burtonsville, MD 20866