Adoptive Families

Enriching and enhancing the lives of adoptive families

Why was Adoptive Families begun?

Adoptive families face unique challenges and require therapists who specialize in treating adoption-related issues. Unfortunately there is a shortage of mental health providers with expertise in this area. In one study, adoptive parents cited mental health counseling as their major unmet need following adoptive placement.

Since its inception in 2000, Adoptive Families at The Family Institute has pursued innovative ways to address some of the special challenges experienced by adopted children and their families. Through direct services for families, the program strengthens adoptive families and provides support to help adoptive children grow into successful, productive adults.

Direct Services for Adoptive Families

The Adoptive Families Program provides specialized services geared to the unique needs of adoptive families. These include:

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy for parents, children & entire families
  • Family Consultations focused on specific issues

Program Therapists

Marina Eovaldi, PhD, LMFT
Carl Hampton, LCSW
Cheryl Rampage, PhD
Chaaze Roberts, LMFT
Catherine Weigel Foy, LCSW, LMFT

If you're interested in counseling, psychotherapy or family consultations, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-733-4300 and ask to speak to a member of the Adoptive Families Team.

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