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About Jackie & Lisa
Throughout their careers, Jackie and Lisa have worked with adopted/fostered children and adults, birth parents and individuals who have experienced infertility and perinatal loss.
They possess extensive experience working with singles, couples and LGBTQ individuals seeking to adopt domestically and abroad, as well as families with biological and adopted children.
As former social workers at the Toronto District School Board, Lisa and Jackie understand the unique needs and services available to children with learning needs, autism and FASD. They have broad experience counselling clients coping with mental health issues, perinatal loss, addictions, trauma and the adjustments faced by newcomer populations.
Jackie is an Adoption Practitioner 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.
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 working with LGBTQ+ prospective adoptive parents.
Lisa worked at the former Women's Clinic (Toronto's Mt. Sinai Hospital), counselling women with high-risk pregnancies and who experienced perinatal loss. She then worked in a therapeutic residential group home for adolescents and as a school counsellor in New York state. At the Toronto District School Board, Lisa provided counselling and support to students and their families living across the GTA for over twenty years.
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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