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About Jackie and Lisa

Throughout their careers, Jackie and Lisa have worked with adopted children and adults, birth parents, foster children, children with special needs and individuals who have experienced trauma, loss and infertility. They have extensive experience with single and LGBTQ adoptive applicants and families with biological and/or adopted children. Having worked as Toronto District School Board social workers for decades, Lisa and Jackie have expertise in special education and the needs and services available to children in the school system. They also have broad experience with trauma, providing grief counselling, crisis intervention, child and adolescent mental health support, and supporting families managing addictions, domestic violence and issues faced by newcomer populations.
 

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Jackie Poplack MSW RSW

Jackie is an Adoption Practitoner who has been working in the field of adoption for over twenty-five 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 and 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.

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Lisa Kreindler MSW, RSW

Lisa is an Adoption Practitioner and clinical social worker who has worked with children and families for over two decades. She began working in adoption in 2007 and has visited children's homes worldwide, including organizations in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Morocco and across Europe.

 

In addition to her work with birth parents, domestic, international, inter-provincial and public adoption, Lisa has a special interest in child and adolescent mental health, learning disabilities and ADHD.

 

Lisa worked at the former Women's Clinic (Toronto's Mt. Sinai Hospital), counselling women with high-risk pregnancies and who experienced perinatal loss. At the Toronto District School Board, Lisa provided counselling support to students and their families in elementary, middle and high schools across the GTA for over two decades.

In addition to her work as a private adoption practitioner, Lisa maintains a private therapy practice in Toronto. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

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