Jeanette is frequently asked to speak on panels to prospective adoptive parents and social workers to help provide an understanding of the psychological and emotional impacts of multiple transitions for children in out of home care and provide tools for parenting adoptive and foster children.
In 1999, Jeanette wrote and performed a one-woman show titled, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?” about her life story growing up in the New York State foster care system and being adopted at age 7 1/2. In 2006, Jeanette received the Foster Care Hero Advocate award (left) for the Foster Care Awareness Campaign from the County of Los Angeles for her outstanding contributions to the children and families served by the Los Angeles County Foster Care System. To see Jeanette’s Curriculum Vitae click here.
STAFF CLINICIANS Maureen Donley, M.A., M.F.T., Family Clinician, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with a Child Studies Specialization from Antioch University. She brings to her practice a deep passion for family life and all of its complexity. She works with parents, adolescents and kids offering an opportunity to resolve conflict, alleviate distress and lay the groundwork for successfully negotiating life’s inevitable challenges and the ever-shifting dynamic of parent/child relationships. As the parent of two teens and a tween, both by birth and adoption – adoption related issues are a special area of focus. Maureen holds an M.A. from Antioch University . She also completed the Family Training Program at the Southern California Counseling Center and co-facilitates the monthly Adopt Salon Pacific Palisades Family Support Group. Lisa Altemus , M.A., M.F.T., Family Clinician, earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, from Pepperdine University. She specializes in individual and family with over nine years of experience and is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts degree specializing in family therapy. Among her areas of expertise are child and adolescent behaviors such as ADHD, and the challenges faced by children and families in foster care and adoption.