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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.

Lori Schneide Shapiro, SECRETARY is a rabbi dedicated to reaching unaffiliated and intermarried families and seekers. Most recently, she was the Director of Jewish Life and Senior Consultant for Interfaith Relations and Outreach at the University of Southern California Hillel. A graduate of both the Academy for Jewish Religion/California as well as the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, she has served communities in Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative as well as Non-Denominational affiliations. She is founder of The Open Temple centered in Venice, CA, a national incubator supporting cutting edge and innovative Jewish programming mentored by Rabbis Without Borders and CLAL.  She and her husband, Dr. Joel Shapiro, live in the Venice (CA) with their daughter, Harel.

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