Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University in 1991 and has spent the past 30+ years working to improve the lives of children, youth and families.  She began her professional journey working in an emergency children’s shelter, providing temporary care for foster children and runaway youth.  She then provided clinical services to therapeutic foster children, utilizing play therapy, sand tray, and other expressive therapies to help them process their past experiences and prepare them for their future permanency plans.  After relocating to the Northern Virginia area, Lauren focused her work on adoption, preparing adoptive families for Special Needs and International Placements.  Lauren has brought her professional and personal experience with adoption to the Northern Post Adoption Consortium.  She enjoys working with families from all different types of adoption (private, foster care, kinship and International) and at different stages of the adoption journey.  Lauren particularly connects with the TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Model and incorporates the connecting, empowering and correcting principles in her work with families.  Each family is so unique with their own strengths and needs and Lauren appreciates the flexibility to work alongside families through Individualized Family Partnership Plans.