April 2011_The Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group

Jeanette Yoffe, Psychotherapist at Yoffe Therapy, an Adult Foster Alum/Adoptee “wants to know she is not alone,” and creates a group called the Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group which begins at Vista Del Mar. It becomes a free monthly support group for all members of the Foster Care and Adoption Constellation (never heard of in LA!): Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents (pre & post-adoption), Legal Guardians, Adult Adoptees and Former Foster Youth. Over 60 people attended the first meeting! The group runs every 1st Wednesday of the month. For the last 10 years The Adopt Salon has been facilitated by Founder, Jeanette Yoffe!

Mayor Garcetti Awards Celia Center with Recognition
HERE is a blog how it all began…

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Foster Care Awareness

May 2011_National Foster Care Month Event

In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, a community training is held at the Electric Lodge called The Resilient Spirit: From A Child’s Point of View into the Foster Care System: A Guest Panel. The panel of speakers follows from a “child’s point of view,” showing the people he/she comes in contact within consecutive order, from when a child enters the system to their emancipation. Top judge Amy Pellman and Child Attorney, Diane Reyes attend as well as foster youth who read poetry and perform original music and song.

Celia Center - Adoption - Foster Care - Support Founder Jeanette Yoffe
Celia Center - Adoption - Foster Care - Support Founder Jeanette Yoffe

July 2011_Celia Center Becomes a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

With the success of Adopt SalonCelia Center is formed by founder, Jeanette Yoffe and named after her first mother, Celia and becomes an official non-profit 501c3 organization in the State of California. Her plans are to create a community center in Soutern California where all families connected by adoption and foster care are welcomed, educated and supported. Her plan is to host mental health conferences and special events to break the stigmas and mend the losses together, as a whole.

December 2011_Family Adopt Salon Support Group

Pacific Palisades Family Adopt Salon Support Group begins! For families connected by foster care and adoption. Parents support group is led by Jeanette Yoffe and children’s support group led by Maureen Donley M.F.T. The whole family is supported developmentally.

Teen Adopt Salon Support Group

April 2012_Teen Adopt Salon Support Group

Teen Adopt Salon Support Group begins for teens ages 13-17 in Los Angeles!!! Hosted at Vista Del Mar Agency. Teens are invited whether fostered or adopted to join together, support one another, eat pizza and bond. This group runs for 2 years at Vista!

Celia Center - Adoption - Foster Care - Support Founder Jeanette Yoffe
Celia Center - Adoption - Foster Care - Support Founder Jeanette Yoffe

November 2012_First ADOPT SALON CONFERENCE “Mending the Losses, Becoming Whole Again”

November 2012_In celebration of National Adoption Month, Celia Center hosts first-ever ADOPT SALON CONFERENCE called “Mending the Losses, Becoming Whole Again” at the Skirball Cultural Center. 16 presenters, 10 sponsors and over 200 attendees! Watch opening ceremonies HERE

Adopt Salon Support Group in Los Angeles led by Jeanette Yoffe
Five Acres Supports Celia Center's Adopt Salon Conference 2014

March 2013_Pasadena Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group

Celia Center partners with Five Acres to begin the Pasadena Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group begins! Facilitated by Adoption Competent Therapists Lesli Johnson and Angela Gee.

Adopt Salon Support Group in Los Angeles led by Jeanette Yoffe
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April 2013_Single Foster/Adoptive Parent Adopt Salon Support

Single Parent Foster/Adoptive Adopt Salon Support Group begins! We find there are many single parents needing support. Being a single parent has different challenges. Every single parent has a unique situation that makes it easier or tougher for them and we meet the need.

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com

June 2013_Adult Adoptee/Foster Youth Alumni Support

Adult Adoptee/Foster Youth Alumni Adopt Salon Support Group begins! Adoptees and Foster Youth need a safe space without their birth or foster or adoptive parents to connect, bond, recieve psychoeducation on search, reunion and their mental health.

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
Teen Adoptee Workshop with Jeanette Yoffe and Sophie Bain

May & July 2013_Teen Workshop "It Begins With You"

A full-day workshop is held for Teens connected by Adoption and Foster Care, to bridge healing, connection, and build coping skills called “It Begins With You.  Each Teen received a “Toolbox” to take home which had 8 interventions for teens to use to express their feelings. Created and facilitated by Adult Adoptees, Sophie Bain, and Jeanette Yoffe.

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
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June 2013_Adoptee Night at Dodger Stadium

Celia Center is a community partner with Mixed Roots Foundation at the ADOPTEE NIGHT at Dodger Stadium! Adoptees and Foster Youth of all ages attend with their families. They enjoyed watching the game, raising their rally towels with pride, and had a great time “going to bat for a child!”

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
Teen Adoptee Workshop with Jeanette Yoffe and Sophie Bain

October 2013_Bellflower Adopt Salon Support Group

Celia Center partners with Olive Crest Agency to begin the Bellflower Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group begins! With the success on the Westside of Los Angeles, families were requesting a South Bay presence. We made it happen!

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
Teen Adoptee Workshop with Jeanette Yoffe and Sophie Bain

November 2013_Wolf Connection "Howl at the Sun" For Teens

In celebration of National Adoption Month, a wolf gathering event, “Howl at the Sun,” is held for Adoptees and Foster Youth Alumni at Wolf Connection, a home for rescued wolves and wolfdogs. The wolves help all who come in contact with them to learn how to focus on their impulses, feelings, and emotions in a constructive way. We arrived as our special “pack”, walked with the wolves, to learn about connecting, understanding the nature of human-animal relationships leading to love, support, and empowerment together! Watch VIDEO

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Teen Adoptee Workshop with Jeanette Yoffe and Sophie Bain

December 2013_Founder, Jeanette Yoffe Interviewed

Founder of Celia Center, Jeanette Yoffe is interviewed by the LA TIMES, article “Internet Lifts The Shroud of Secrecy on Adoption.” Read HERE

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
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January 2014_Support Group on OWN Network show "Raising Whitley"

Celia Center tapes a support group for the TV show, Raising Whitley, on the OWN-Oprah Winfrey channel. The Adoption Constellation helps Kym Whitley understand why she needs to tell her son he was adopted, and she was highly encouraged to be in an open adoption with the birthmother. Watch the episode HERE

Jeanette Yoffe Adoption Trauma Foster Care Psychotherapist Founder of Celia Center in Los Angeles www.YoffeTherapy.com
photo of Jeanette Yoffe and an associate holding up 2014 Adoptee Night T-Shirts

June 2014_Adoptee Night at Dodger Stadium

Celia Center is a community partner with Mixed Roots Foundation at the ADOPTEE NIGHT at Dodger Stadium! Adoptees and Foster Youth of all ages attend with their families. They enjoyed watching the game, raising their rally towels with pride, and had a great time “going to bat for a child!”

photo of Jeanette Yoffe and an associate holding up 2014 Adoptee Night T-Shirts

November 2014_2nd Adopt Salon Conference "Facing Trauma With Truth"

Celia Center holds its 2nd Conference, FACING TRAUMA WITH TRUTH at the beautiful Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles. Sara Culberson, “African Princess” is the Keynote speaker, 20 presenters, covering mental health treatment for the foster care and adoption constellation, 3 live performances, and a healing wolf-dog closing ceremony. Over 250 attendees! Mayor Eric Garcetti honors Celia Center with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for positively impacting the lives of many Angelenos. View certificate HERE.

Watch Opening Conference Keynote HERE

photo of sculpture birds and bird nest
photo of sculpture birds and bird nest

May 2015_Skirball Cultural Family Program

Celia Center partners with Skirball Cultural Center’s Family Program in Los Angeles and children participate in an art activity based on the book The Mulberry Bird, a story about adoption shown at the Celia Center Arts Festival HERE

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Tween Adoptee ZOOM Support Group

November 2015_Tween Adopt Salon Support

Tween Adopt Salon Support Group begins for ages 9-12! We know tweens begin to ask the big questions about their foster care or adoption story and need a safe space to talk, connect, and support one anohter.

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photo of Jeanette Yoffe speaking at Adopt Salon Conference

November 2015_Full Day Conference for Parents

Founder of Celia Center, Jeanette Yoffe partners with Vista Del Mar Agency and presents a full-day workshop for parents called, “Truly, Madly, Deeply Understanding Your Foster and/or Adopted Child.” Helping parents connected by foster care and adoption understand the psychological and emotional needs of children with histories of loss and separation. Over 100 attendees! Watch TRAINING HERE

photo of six happy young children from Kindergarten Adoption Class with Ledette Gambini
photo of Jeanette Yoffe speaking at Adopt Salon Conference

January 2016_Adoption Kindergarten Play Group

Adoption Kindergarten Play Group begins for 6 weeks. Group is educational and informative for kindergarten aged adopted children, and their parents facilitated by Ledette Gambini, Foster, and Adoptive Parent. Children make family tree nests with baby birds, talk about adoption, and read the story The Mulberry Bird by Anne Brodzinksy.

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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January 2016_Celia Center Arts Festival

Celia Center holds it’s first-ever ARTS FESTIVAL called “Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Art of Creativity” The inaugural festival featured the works of artists who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted and/or in foster care across many mediums. Over 200 attendees! View the video HERE.

photo of Jeanette Yoffe speaking at Adopt Salon Conference
Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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February 2016_Voices From the Inside Workshop

Voices From The Inside: THE REAL STORY ON HOW TO ADOPT DOMESTICALLY workshop led by Ledette Gambini, Foster and Adoptive Parent, and Carra Greenberg, Adult Adoptee, and Professional Lawyer.

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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May 2016_Celia Center Support Group on TV Show "Long Lost Family"

May 2016_Celia Center tapes a support group for the TV show LONG LOST FAMILY. A show about reuniting family members separated at birth or beyond. Featuring our Adopt Saloner’s regulars First Mother Mimi Janes, Adoptee Ridghaus, Susan and Sophie Bain hosted by Jeanette Yoffe M.F.T. The show aired on TLC Channel in January 2017! WATCH HERE

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
photo of six stairs with writing on each riser stating You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.

June 2016_Wolf Connection "How at the Moon" Evening Visit!

2nd Wolf Gathering event, “Howl at the Moon”, is held for all families connected by foster care and adoption at Wolf Connection, a home for rescued wolves and wolfdogs. The wolves help all who come in contact with them to learn how to focus on their impulses, feelings, and emotions in a constructive way. We arrived as our special “pack”, walked with the wolves, to learn about connecting, understanding the nature of human-animal relationships leading to love, support, and empowerment together!

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
three-part poster for film screening of Father Unknown

November 2016_Adoption Film Screening

Adoption Film Screening Gala West Coast Premiere of  SIX WORD ADOPTION MEMOIRS and FATHER UNKNOWN with a wine tasting, and panel Moderated by Jeanette Yoffe with Filmmakers, Adoptees, and Birthparents. Over 75 people attend! What an amazing evening with Marcy Axness on our panel!  WATCH PANEL HERE 

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
three-part poster for film screening of Father Unknown

July 2017_Wolf Connection Adoption Constellation

3rd Wolf Gathering event, “Howl at the Moon”,  is held for all families connected by foster care and adoption at Wolf Connection. We invite all families, young and old, to connect with the wolves, find a deeper meaning of family like the wolves, where each member owns their role “in the pack” to support each other’s survival.

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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August 2017_Teen Arts Workshop

Origins Stories Teen Workshop. We empowered Adopted and Foster Teens, ages 13-18, to stimulate their creativity and inspire their imaginations through drawing and collaging while creating a story using visual prompts for guidance. Check out their amazing art. Thank you to Nicole Rademacher, Artist and Adult Adoptee for her talent and inspiration!

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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December 2017_Ancestry DNA Build Your Tree Workshop

Ancestry Family Tree Workshop is held for all members of the Adoption Constellation to find long lost family members creating your family tree! For adoptees, first birth mothers and adoptive parents seeking their children’s families of origin. One of our adult adoptees finds their birth father!!!!
Watch a HOW TO VIDEO HERE on our Blog

Celia Center Arts Festival Family Supporter
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June 2018_Wolf Connection Foster and Adoptive Families

Wolf Connection – Howl at the SunFoster and Adoptive Families. Our families love to visit the wolves and wolfdogs. They gain more understanding, how we all need each other. It’s not you or me, it’s we and us. We belong here, we matter and we can have purpose in our lives. We howl with the wolves and feel healed together. WATCH HERE

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April 2019_2nd Celia Center Arts Festival

Celia Center holds its second ARTS FESTIVAL called “Adopting Resilience, Fostering the Art of Creativity” at Highways Performance Space. The festival featured the works of artists who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted and/or in foster care across many mediums. Visual arts, performance art, and musical talents. Watch VIDEO HERE

photo of art installations on walls at Celia Center Arts Festival April 2019
photo of art installations on walls at Celia Center Arts Festival April 2019
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May 2019_Foster Youth Alumni Healing Circle in the Park

Celia Center holds a Foster Youth Alumni #NationalFosterCareAwarenessMonth HEALING CIRCLE in LOS ANGELES. We share stories, resuorces and everyone recieve’s copy of the book LISTEN: Stories We Carry With Us From House to House, created by the producers of Removed Film, a chidlren’s point of view moving through the foster care system.  “We cannot do things blindly, we need others to support us in this lifelong journey….for foster youth alumni they go into the wilderness alone.”

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June 2019_Family Programming Fishing Trip

Celia Center holds it’s first-ever private FISHING TRIP in Marina Del Rey with familes connected by foster care and adoption!!! All the kids and teens caught fish. They built confidence, pushed through insecurities and utilimately realized they could do this TOGETHER! See all PHOTOS HERE

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June 2019_Adopt Salon Constellation in New York City

Celia Center holds its first-ever ADOPT SALON Support Group in NEW YORK CITY, the birthplace of our founder. Over 40 people attend which included adoptees, birthparents, foster parents, adoptive parents and professionals. We shared our challenges, as a community nationally, and connected familes with local resources.

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October and November 2019_Adopt-ED Salon Support Group

Celia Center holds it’s first-ever Open Adopt-ED Salon Support Group, an open forum for the community, to ask questions directly to any mebmer of the constellation, to learn from a first birth mother, adoptee, or foster-adoptive parent. Guests are invited to attend a circle group with an adoptee, a birth parent, or a foster-adoptive parent and are given blank cards to write their questions, to be placed in the question bucket for the guest speaker of the group to answer. CEU’s are provided for Social Workers and Therapists in Los Angeles.

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November 2019_Adoptee Voices Community Art Event

Celia Center holds an #ADOPTEEVOICES EVENT for National Adoption Awareness Month. The ideas is to create a community mural, showcasing the internal adoptee experience through art. Adoptees, young and adult, are paired together as one, to support each other, and fuel each others creativity for an art piece, collectively together.

Watch VIDEO HERE

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March 2020_7 Core Issues in Adoption Book Event

Celia Center holds a book launch and gathering, for the new book by pioneer in adoption, Sharon Roszia, and Allison Davis Maxon, titled, “7 Core Issues in Adoption” defined by seven core vulnerabilties, for all members of the constellation. Helping everyone understand the psychological and emotional impact for all involved. Watch VIDEO HERE

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May 2020_Celia Center Arts Festival During a Pandemic on Zoom

We are still in the #COVID Pandemic, it’s May, AKA Foster Care Awareness Month. We decide to create a VIRTUAL Arts Festival featuring the voices of singers, artists, and poets all connected by Foster Care. They each speak with their hearts and their souls, through their medium of self-expression, for the world to understand their experience in a new light. Watch Arts Fest Montage HERE

A former foster youth shares his story HERE
A former foster youth shares her poetry HERE 

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June 2020_Celia Center Adoption Constellation Blog

We are in the #COVID Pandemic and we are not able to see one another, so we decide to create an Adoption Constellation Blog so all voices within the constellation can be heard, seen, and received during this most vulnerable time. The voices featured are adoptees, adoptive parents in open adoption, birth parents wishes for adoptees, and conversations about how to integrate birth parents into an adoptees life. Read more HERE

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November 2020_What is Adoption? What is Foster Care? PSA

In honor of National Adoption Month, Director Jeanette Yoffe, creates a Public Service Animation for Children to help them understand why any child is fostered or adopted, and provides mental health interventions, while educating parents how best to support their child. This is premiered at the Virtual National Adoption Conference presented during the COVID19 pandemic. Animations are:

What is Foster Care? Animation: HERE

What is Adoption? Animation: HERE

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National Adoption Conference 2020

November_2020 3rd Conference VIRTUAL National Adoption Conference

We are still enduring the #COVID Pandemic, and are not able to see each other in person, so we decide to hold our conference Virtual. Our support groups are all on Zoom, and we realize we can reach more people nationally. We produce a 2 day conference, with 18 presenters, all across the country, on all topics adoption. We include the Celia Center Arts Festival component, and showcase musicians, poets, and filmmakers, all members of the adoption constellation. It’s a great success. Over 200 people attend. We name our conference the National Adoption Conference.

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June 2021_Wolf Connection Our 5th Journey! During a Pandemic!

We are still in the trenches of the #COVID Pandemic, and we host a small gathering at Wolf Connection. We have agreat time, finally seeing one aonther, for the first time in a long time, and together we chanell the strength and resilience of the wolves and wolfdogs. We press on matter what. The Wolf Way! @WolfConnection @CeliaCenterLA

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National Adoption Conference 2020

September_2021 Film Screening @ghostkingdom

We have an in person Film Screening in Venice! Re-opening the ELECTRIC LODGE for Brian Stanton’s @GHOSTKINGDOM A film about the adoptees search for self, and the endless search for a birth parent via Ancestry DNA test. Live Music by the film’s composer @jennialpert LIVE Q&A with @BrianStanton Filmmaker and Adoptee Extraordinaire after the screening! CEU’s Offered. Over 50 people attend! 

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National Adoption Conference 2020

December_2021 Film Screening Home Is Where The Heart Is Virtual & Live

We have a Virtual Documentary Film Screening of “Home Is Where the Heart Is.” Live Music by the film’s composer, and Q&A with @jennialpert Adoptee Extraordinaire!

A biological reunion story of how she found, and reunited with her birth father Don for five years, who at the time, was homeless, running from the law, and addicted, yet a musician just like herself. Jenni shares the journey of their discoveries, unconditional love, and extraordinary partnership ultimately details this amazing transformation. Streamed live on Facebook. HERE