BOARD MEMBERS

Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., Executive Director, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children, from Antioch University in June of 2002. She treats children with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and /or multiple placements. She has specialized for the past 10 years in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development.

She is a featured expert on KidsintheHouse.com To view her videos please CLICK HERE.

 

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. Her personal experience has informed her education and provided insight into the unique stresses involved with these issues. During her four years as a professional social worker and therapist, Jeanette developed a series of groundbreaking interventions for working with foster and adopted children and currently presents creative workshops for parents as well as therapists and social workers in Los Angeles, at the 2005 Child Welfare League Conference and 2012 DCFS Conference.

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.

Jeanette is frequently asked to speak on panels to prospective adoptive parents and social workers to help provide an understanding of the psychological and emotional impacts of multiple transitions for children in out of home care and provide tools for parenting adoptive and foster children.

In 1999, Jeanette wrote and performed a one-woman show titled, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?” about her life story growing up in the New York State foster care system and being adopted at age 7 1/2.  In 2006, Jeanette received the Foster Care Hero Advocate award (left) for the Foster Care Awareness Campaign from the County of Los Angeles for her outstanding contributions to the children and families served by the Los Angeles County Foster Care System.


To see Jeanette’s Curriculum Vitae click here.


BOARD MEMBERS

Justin Yoffe, PRESIDENT is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and holds a B.F.A and M.F.A.. He is a produced Playwright, Director, Artistic Director, Emmy Award Winning Producer and screenwriter. He has been the Board President of the Electric Lodge for 10 years, Southern California’s first 100% renewable energy powered theater and the Founder of his own 501c3 Theater Company called Venice Theatre Works. He also currently serves as the Cultural Affairs Supervisor for the City of Santa Monica and in that capacity manages the Miles Memorial Playhouse. a historical landmark theater. He is also the Co-Founder of Arts:Earth Partnership a not for profit program that has been recognized as the “Official Green Certification for Cultural Facilities in Southern california”. They have signed a ground-breaking contract with the City of Los Angeles to assess and certify all city owned cultural facilities for environmental sustainability and work closely with the City of Santa Monica greening the practices and operations of their cultural institutions, public and private.

Carra Greenberg, J.D., VICE PRESIDENT is an adult adoptee and attorney. She graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School, where she specialized in family and social justice law. Carra has been actively involved in the adoption community and has extensive experience guiding families through the adoption process. Carra is an advocate of adoptee rights and a member of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar.


ADVISORY BOARD

Sharon Kaplan Roszia – Roszia is an internationally known educator, presenter, and author who has devoted fifty years of her professional career to the institution of foster care and adoption. While working in public and private agencies as well as private practice venues, she has focused on crisis pregnancy; infertility; infant adoptions; placement of children from the foster care system, including sibling groups and teenagers, and search and reunion. The additional issues of international adoptions; trans-racial adoptions; gay and lesbian built families and traumatized children with attachment challenges have also become a specialty. In the last twenty-five years, Sharon has also paved the way in the world of open adoptions; believing in preserving connections over time.

April Dinwoodie – She is a transracially adopted person and addresses how differences of race, class, and culture impact adoption and foster care systematically and individually. Inspired by her personal narrative, she interweaves her transracial adoption journey into broader themes that everyone can identify with, in her podcast Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World!, and in writings on HuffPo and Medium. Besides all of this, April has created a mentoring program for youth in foster care and was CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI). “I am fiercely dedicated to bettering the lives of children and families everywhere by creating connections and insisting on a more transparent conversation about identity and today’s families.”

Brian Stanton – Adoptee, Award-winning, critically acclaimed performer and writer of BLANK, which explores adoption and identity. Playing 12 characters, our adopted hero explores every avenue of what it means to be a man ultimately discovering the horrific truth of his birth a quest that also results in an instinctive love for his birth mother, and a grateful dedication to his adoptive family.

Trish Lay – Adoptee

Paula Free – Adoptee

Briana Spencer – Foster Youth Alumni

Kristin Jones – Adoptee

Anne Bonura – Birthmother and Adoptee