Last year, my sister-in-law was killed by her husband - in front of their toddler. While mourning this great loss, my husband & I made a life-changing decision to adopt our niece (who we had not met before). We were overwhelmed by our own questions. How do we prep for this change? Is she traumatized? How do we adjust for a bi-racial child? How does adoption work? Etc. Luckily, we were referred to Deb McManus. We called, and sensing our anxiety, Deb assured us that she could help and adjusted her schedule to see us the next day. First, she worked w/ my husband and me, and in a few weeks, our kids too. Once our niece joined our immediate family, she also joined our sessions. (The kids love Deb!) Since that first call, Deb has gone above & beyond. She worked w/ our kids' school to ensure that they also understood anticipated needs and ways to manage potential behavior problems, and she quickly responded to rush requests for progress reports from the legal system and Child Services. After several months navigating CPS, our niece finally joined our family! A number of times since, our experiences have mirrored what Deb anticipated. W/ that, we've been prepared! We use the filial therapy and other techniques that she taught us to help us understand our kids' needs and to successfully adjust to our changing family dynamics. We're far better off having worked w/ Deb. She's calm, non-judgmental, highly competent, and very effective.
G. Walnut Creek, CA
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