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Celia Center Arts Festival 2016 Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Spirit of Creativity: The Voices of the Fostered and Adopted Performing Arts | Creative Arts | Music | Healing Arts The Celia Center Arts Festival is slated for Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  Read more about the Celia Center Arts Festival . . .  Read more . . .
Meet Jeanette Yoffe Executive Director of the Celia Center, Inc. Jeanette’s desire to become a child therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system in New York City. Her personal experience has informed her education and provided insight into the unique stresses involved with these issues. Because of Jeanette’s life experience she can more easily connect and relate to the children and teens she works with. She is an exceptional child-care worker who is dedicated to helping each of her clients reach their full potential through mental health therapy and make the difficult journey from despair towards resiliency and hope. Read More . . . . Read more . . .
Read Jeanette’s New Blog at Adoption Voices Magazine…. Jeanette was asked to write a blog about her experience growing up in foster care and being adopted at the age of  7 1/2.   "I am one of those people who in the past would “stuff” and “abandon” my early experiences because of the “shame” I felt. After years of difficult soul searching, therapy and the love and support of family and friends I have come to realize that there is no running from this sense of shame, there is only understanding where it comes from, rising above it and moving past...." Read more here Go to Adoption Voices Magazine website . . . Read more . . .
The Adopt Salon A monthly open support group free for all members of the Adoption Constellation: Birth parents, Adoptees, Former Foster Youth, Foster and Adoptive Parents. A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, and build strong bonds and connections. The group is facilitated by Adoptions/Foster Care Psychotherapist, Adult Adoptee Jeanette Yoffe, MFT and a co-facilitator guest of the constellation each month. Read More... Read more . . .

A Celia Center Support Group Filmed on OWN's Television Show, "Raising Whitley"!!! WATCH HERE!

Watch as adoptive parents and adult adoptees help and support Adoptive Mother, Kym Whitley, consider including the birthmother back into her son's life . . . "Birthmothers gave life, adoptive parents provide day-t-day care giving that sustains life." WATCH HERE . . .

Upcoming Events

  1. Wolfdog Howl at the Sun Event

    June 29 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Adopt Salon Constellation West LA

    September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

INTERVENTIONS – DVD for Children in Foster Care & Adoption

book NEW DVD - Working with Traumatized Children and Families in Foster Care and Adoption by Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., MFT This interactive DVD is designed to familiarize participants with new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children in foster care and adoption and their families. Viewers will be provided with a wide variety of play-based methodologies and interventions that have proven successful in working with children over the age of five in foster care and adoption. LEARN MORE HERE . . .

What people are saying about Celia Center! “I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU for allowing me to be in your Adopt Salon group.  It was absolutely amazing, empowering and nothing that I have ever heard before.  Something of this magnitude would be so beneficial for social workers and parents to witness, and listen to.  I can see this becoming huge.  Your influence, compassion, and empathy illuminate in every member of the group.” -Leticia Ann V., M.S.W., ASW Children’s Social Worker

(click image for high-resolution version) Presented by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti to Celia Center at the 2014 Facing Trauma with Truth Conference

“Our goal and mission for 2015 and beyond is to bring the constellation together so we can validate the foster and adoptee’s experience, honor the first mother’s experience and educate adoptive and foster families, as well as professionals about the experience, in order to gain clarity, ultimately heal and become a force together.” – Jeanette Yoffe, Executive Director
“….we, as the constellation of adoption and foster care, can be the change we want to see in the world.”

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