Emily Collins Belknap, LCSW, earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University.  She has seven years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in various stages of the adoption and foster care processes.  Emily began her career in child welfare advocacy, addressing issues affecting international and domestic adoption.  Emily worked in treatment foster care for several years, educating and training foster and adoptive parents.  In this position, she facilitated support groups for parents and provided counseling and post-placement services to children and parents.

Emily has experience providing reunification support to Central American adolescents and their relatives.  Most recently, she served as a therapist in a partial hospitalization program, providing individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents.  In addition to adoption-related topics, Emily has experience working with children and adolescents who have issues related to trauma, substance use, school avoidance, depression, anxiety, and self-harm.