"Regardless of whether you're a Bethany client, we welcome any birth family member, adoptee, or adoptive family member to receive a free, initial consultation. We'll help you navigate any unique adoption-related needs you face. Through phone or email, you'll receive one-on-one support to develop a plan designed to help you thrive."
"IAAA is a consortium of adoption specialists from across the great state of Iowa who are devoted to our children and families. Our members offer various adoption options including Special Needs Adoption, International Adoption, and Domestic Infant Adoption. Quarterly meetings are held to collectively discuss issues that impact adoption in Iowa. Each member is employed by a licensed child placing agency or is a certified adoption investigator."
"Iowans for Adoption is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting adoption through education, research and collaboration. We serve as a networking and advocacy forum to support adoption and all members of the adoption triad. We promote adoption as a way to improve childrens' and families’ overall well-being. We offer free materials to educate others about the option of adoption and increase the positive portrayal of adoption via public service announcements, speaking engagements, activities and free networking support groups."
Alyssa Caldbeck is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified EMDR Therapist. She has completed a specific mental health adoption competency training and as a therapist specializes in attachment, trauma, adoption concerns. Alyssa has advanced training in EMDR approaches for attachment and trauma and is an Integrative Attachment and Treatment Certified Therapist through the Attachment and Trauma Center in Nebraska. In addition to provides trainings to parents and professionals as well as supports therapists through EMDR and play therapy consultations.
She is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in primitive reflex integration. She helps kids learn to self-regulate, play appropriately, and meet developmental milestones. She is also the only local OT trained in MNRI, which uses movement based therapy to help the body to release trauma.
Wendy brings 25 years of experience providing counseling, support , and resources to women and their families facing challenges and assisting them to provide a safe and loving home for their children. She also has extensive training in adoption related issues and appreciates working with anyone touched by adoption including individual adopted persons, birth families, and adopted families.
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If you would like to be a mentor, support system, collaborate with us, or provide meals to waiting adoptive families or parents who welcome a new child, please contact us. We are stronger together!