I’ve had the unique opportunity and privilege to get to know and appreciate the work of C.A.S.E. As a transracial adoptee entering adolescents, I was so fortunate to have access to specialized, high quality, adoption-competent mental health services at a critical time in my life. Adolescence is hard enough on its own; and my journey was complicated not only by being adopted, but because I was a transracial adoptee. Up to that point in my life, I hadn’t been able or willing to connect in a meaningful way with friends and family about my adoption journey. C.A.S.E helped me learn to accept and appreciate the ups and down, joys and challenges, that come with being adoption.
I came to know C.A.S.E. in 1998 where I found access to the adoption-competent support that would help to positively and forever shape my lifelong adoption story. I continued receiving services until about 2005 or so. As a client, C.A.S.E. provided me with life-changing education, counseling and support. In the years since, I have witnessed C.A.S.E. grow into a nationally recognized leader in evidence-based adoption competency initiatives and education, while the counseling services and community programs continue to thrive in the hands of some of the most passionate, hard-working and skillful folks in child welfare and adoption community. C.A.S.E has always been so thoughtful and intentional in their work. And that’s special.