PATS – Module 5 – Developmental Challenges of Adopted Children Age 12-18


Part five of the 5-part Post-Adoption Transitional Support Series, featuring Dr. Marcy Cole of and Jeanette Yoffe of Celia Center. “Module 1 – General Experiences with Adopted Children”

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Post-Adoption Transitional Support Series

Featuring Dr. Marcy Cole of and Jeanette Yoffe of Celia Center

1 Hour of Continuing Education

  1. Watch the Video
  2. Take the Test
  3. And Receive a Certificate of Completion!!!

Module 5 – Developmental Challenges of Adopted Children Age 12-18

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This course was designed to help parents and professionals understand the developmental issues and care for the adopted adolescent age 13-17. This course helps the learner understand how adolescents struggle with their identity, aggression, sexual impulses and can experience more intense feelings related to their grief and loss.


  • Teach the developmental tasks for the adoptee at this age.
  • Understand the challenges of the adolescent mind and the latest brain development.
  • Provide six questions every adopted teen wants answered.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain developmental tasks for the adoptee at this age.
  • Answer six questions every adopted teen wants answered.
  • Develop “adoption sensitive language” and healthy responses for questions at this age.
  • Discuss how “identity formation” impacts teens at this age, and what you can do to help.


The series is presented by Dr. Marcy Cole, holistic psychotherapist and founder of CMomA, and Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., Marriage and Family Therapist, founder and executive director of the Celia Center.

CMomA promotes the connection between individuals and couples without children and children in need — namely orphaned and abandoned kids — through adoption, foster care, sponsorship, mentorship, and hosting.

Celia Center is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides therapy and special services for the whole constellation of foster-related people: from foster children to adult foster children, from foster parents to hopeful parents of orphaned or foster children, from adoptive parents to birth parents.

About CMoma

There are so many ways to help kids in need and one of our programs is the gifting and grant program where we offer financial assistance to eligible single men and couples adopting older kids and special needs children as well; we also lend them support after they’ve adopted their kids and when they bring them home and they face all of these new experiences of becoming a new family . . .
— Dr. Marcy Cole, Executive Director, CMomA

About Celia Center

At Celia Center we address the critical mental health needs of anyone connected by foster care and/or adoption. We provide support groups, conferences, special events, workshops for adoptees, foster youth alumni children, parents thinking about adoption, foster parents, adoptive parents, and birth parents — so we include all members of the constellation to provide the support that is a lifelong process . . .
— Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., Executive Director, Celia Center