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RESPONDability Parenting Class A class for parents connected by foster care and adoption. Teaching interventions and tools for connecting, understanding and facilitating developmental attachment with your child. A MUST for any parent. This class will EMPOWER you, build your CONFIDENCE and bridge COMPASSION for yourself AND your child. Starts September 24th, 2016. For more information please CLICK HERE. Read more . . .
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 . . .

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. Adopt Salon Constellation Bellflower

    August 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Adopt Salon Constellation West LA

    September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. RESPONDability Parenting Class

    September 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

INTERVENTION VIDEO DOWNLOADS for Children in Foster Care & Adoption

book NEW - INTERVENTION DOWNLOADS of Working with Traumatized Children and Families in Foster Care and Adoption by Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., MFT These therapeutic Interventions are designed to familiarize parents/therapists with new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children in foster care and adoption and their families. These interventions have been proven successful in working with children over the age of three 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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