History of Celia Center Inc.

Celia Center’s Timeline 2009 – 2018

IMG_2357April 2009_Jeanette Yoffe, Psychotherapist and 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 attend the first meeting! Group runs every 1st Wednesday of the month for the next 7 years facilitated by Jeanette Yoffe!

foster-care-month-feature-v2May 2011_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 follow from a “child’s point of view,” showing the people he/she comes in contact with in consecutive order, from when a child enters the system to their emancipation.

December 2011_Pacific Palisades Family Adopt Salon Support Group begins!

April 2012_Teen Adopt Salon Support Group begins for teens!

July 2012_With the success of Adopt Salon, Celia Center becomes an official non-profit 501c3 organization with the State of California.

_MG_1718_MG_9493November 2012_In celebration of National Adoption Month, Celia Center hosts first ever ADOPT SALON CONFERENCE called “Mending the Losses, Becoming Whole Againat the Skirball Cultural Center. 16 presenters. Over 200 attendees! Watch opening ceremonies HERE.

March 2013_Celia Center partners with Five Acres to begin the Pasadena Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group!

April 2013_Single Parent Foster/Adoptive Adopt Salon Support begins!

June 2013_Adult Adoptee/Foster Youth Alumni Adopt Salon Support Group begins!

101_0276May & July 2013_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.

October 2013_Celia Center partners with Olive Crest Agency to begin the Bellflower Adopt Salon Constellation Support Group!

wolfNovember 2013_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. Watch video HERE.


December 2013_Founder of Celia Center, Jeanette Yoffe is interviewed by the LA TIMES, article “Internet lifts shroud of secrecy on adoption.” Read HERE.

Jan20130227-raising-whitley-logo-600x250uary 2014_Celia Center tapes a support group for the TV show, Raising Whitley, on the OWN-Oprah Winfrey channel. Watch episode HERE.


June 2014_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!”

illustrated tree made of hand and arm having heart-shaped root ballNovember 2014_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.

imagesMay 2015_Celia Center partners with Skirball Cultural Center’s Family Program and children participate in an art activity based on the book The Mulberry Bird, a story about adoption.

November 2015_Tween Adopt Salon Support Group begins!

_mg_9476November 2015_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 seperation. Over 100 attendees!

January 2016_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.

celia center arts festival logoJanuary 2016_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 video HERE.


February 2016_Voices From The Inside: THE REAL STORY ON HOW TO ADOPT DOMESTICALLY workshop lead by Ledette Gambini, Foster and Adoptive Parent, and Carra Greenberg, Adult Adoptee and Professional Lawyer.

llfMay 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. Show to air on TLC Channel in January 2017! WATCH HERE


June 2016_2nd Wolf Gathering event, “Howl at the Moon”, is held for all families connected by foster care and adoption at Wolf Connection.

photo of people and a dog outdoors attending Celia Center's Adopt Salon

November 2016_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     

July 2017_3rd Wolf Gathering event, “Howl at the Moon”,  is held for all families connected by foster care and adoption at Wolf Connection.


September 2017_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 there amazing art. Thank you to Nicole Rademacher, Artist and Adult Adoptee for her talent and inspiration!












Family Tree Maker product imageDecember 2017_Ancestry Family Tree Workshop is held for all members of the Adoption Constellation to find long lost family members creating your family tree! One of our adult adoptees finds their birth father!




June 2018 Wolf Connection – Howl at the Sun
Foster and Adoptive Families
Wolf Connection & Celia Center WATCH HERE