Support for All Members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation
Celia Center is a non-profit organization based in greater Los Angeles.
Adopt Salon Constellation West Los Angeles
Pre/Post Foster Care & Adoption Constellation Support Group
A monthly open support group for all members of the Adoption Constellation: First-Birth Parents, Adoptees, Former Foster Youth, Foster Parents, Legal Guardians, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Families. $20 Suggested Donation
A place for the Adoption & Foster Care community to come together to share stories, thoughts, feelings, ideas, receive psycho-education, process grief/loss, learn about search and reunion, and build strong bonds/connections.
Facilitated by Adoption Psychotherapist, Adult Adoptee Jeanette Yoffe, MFT.
In 2014, a study was conducted HERE on the efficacy of this group.
93% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that:
The support group increased their knowledge and provided a safe place for them to share stories, thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
87% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that:
The support group provided opportunities for them to process grief and loss.
The support group provided them with opportunities to build strong bonds and connections with others.
91% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that:
They are able to understand themselves better because of this group.
1. I understand my adopted daughter much more since coming to this group.
2. Priceless information regarding the emotional well-being of the adoption and foster community.
3. Being able to understand, relate, and talk an adoptee and foster youth.
4. Learning how to approach upcoming reunion.
5. Developing better relationship and intimacy with family.
6. Gaining priceless and useful information regarding the emotional well-being of the adoption and foster care community.
7. I recommend the group to any one in the experience of adoption and foster care!
Understanding the Transition from Foster Care to Adoption: From a Personal and Professional Perspective by Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T.
The transition from foster care to adoption can be very difficult for a child and there are many challenges to take into consideration. The challenges center around separation and loss, trust, rejection, guilt and shame, identity, intimacy, loyalty, and mastery or...
My first job in the Los Angeles child welfare system was as a paraprofessional volunteer at the Stephen S. Weiss Temple Adoption Support Center under the supervision of Stephanie Siegel, PhD. I mentored children who were adopted, assisted with support groups, and...
Jeanette Yoffe was interviewed for this podcast on February 16, 2018. Podcaster Haley Radke invites Jeanette Yoffe to share what inspired her to begin a support group for adoptees. Discussion covers how to start your own group and best practices for peer-facilitated...
CEU - Post-Adoption Transitional Support Video Series
5 Hours of Continuing Education
• Watch the Video Modules
• Take the Test
• Receive Certificate of Completion!!!
The courses were designed to help parents and professionals understand the general experiences children may exhibit in adoption-related challenges that identify losses, understand the importance of attachment, and explore common questions for all adopted persons.
- Provide points that all adoptees need their parents to understand.
- Educate about primary challenges children will experience at each stage of development.
- Understand how trauma impacts the brain, behavior and overall development.
Celia Center Inc is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #121492. The target audience is the following: educators, teachers, health providers, licensed professionals in the community: LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCCs, and/or LEP’s.
CEU Certificates are awarded to licensed professionals at the conclusion of the training. Course evaluations are completed before the awarding of CEU’s and Certificates.
Continuing Education Hours:
This course does meet the qualifications for One Hour of Continuing Education Credit for the California Board of Registered Nurses, Psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Meet Jeanette Yoffe
Executive Director of the Celia Center, Inc.
Psychotherapist and Adult Foster Alum/Adoptee
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.
"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
"Celia Center is a California non-profit center that nurtures and supports all members of the foster-adoption constellation by providing emotional, educational, and community engagement via support groups, conferences, arts festivals, wolf healings, and trainings. Our community includes adoptees, foster youth, birth families, foster and adoptive parents as well as those working in the field of child welfare. We strive to bridge compassion between each member of our family tree, in order to keep attachments strong, connected, and whole again. We value and celebrate the whole family, of all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic status…one child, one parent, one family, at a time."
Jeanette Yoffe, Executive Director
"As Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, and on behalf of its residents, I commend Celia Center . . . . I wish Celia Center continued success as [it supports] families through the tough but rewarding process of foster care and adoption."
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
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