Jackie and Lisa have worked with adopted children and adults, birthparents, foster children, special needs children and children who have experienced trauma and loss. They both have extensive experience with single and same sex adoptive applicants and families with biological and/or adopted children. Having worked at the Toronto District School Board as school social workers for many years, Lisa and Jackie have a strong understanding of special education, the needs and services available to children in the school system and broad experience that includes: crisis intervention, trauma counselling, suicide prevention, bereavement counselling, child and adolescent mental health, women's issues, domestic violence and issues faced by refugees, immigrants and their families.
Jackie Poplack, M.S.W., R.S.W., is an Adoption Practitoner who has been working in the field of adoption for twenty years. She has visited children's villages worldwide including institutions in India, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, China, South Korea, Morocco, Cambodia, South America and Europe. Jackie was an adoption worker at the Toronto Children's Aid Society prior to working as a psychiatric social worker in the Day Treatment Program and The Women's Clinic at The Toronto Western Hospital. At the Toronto District School Board, she provided counselling and support to families and children. Jackie has extensive experience in the fields of attachment, older child adoption, special needs adoption an international adoption and has worked closely with Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. She was a committee member of Ignite the Spark, (Children's Aid Foundation) an enrichment program for children in the child welfare system across Canada. Jackie has been listed as a non-sexist therapist by the Women's Referral and Resource Counselling Centre. She was a consultant to Adopt4Life, an adoptive parent advocacy group in Ontario.
Lisa Kreindler, M.S.W., R.S.W., is an Adoption Practitioner who has over twenty years of professional experience working with children and families. Lisa has been working in the field of adoption since 2007 and has visited children's villages including institutions in Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia. Lisa is experienced in the fields of international adoption, domestic adoption, older child adoption and birth-parent counselling and has worked closely with Children's Aid Societies across Ontario. In addition to her work as an adoption practitioner, Lisa has worked as a school social worker in both the U.S. and Canada throughout her professional career. She currently works as a social worker at The Toronto District School Board, providing counselling to families and children of all ages as well as consultation and professional development to staff on issues including adolescent and children's mental health. Lisa has also counselled women who have experienced perinatal loss and high-risk pregnancies at the former Women's Clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital.