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Adoption Counseling & Search

Patricia Martinez Dorner, MA, LPC, LMFT has been a proponent of adoption reform for many years. In the early 80’s, she directed one of the first programs in the country acknowledging that adoption is a lifelong process & honoring the needs of all participants. She is a frequent conference speaker and provides training to professional and parent groups involved with adoption and foster care.  As a professional speaker, offering cutting edge material, her ratings are regularly superior. Her ability, to engage participants through the learning process, reflects her presentation skills. A passionate presenter, her greatest satisfaction is derived from building understanding and responsive practices.  

 She is the author of How to Open an Adoption: a guide for parents and birthparents of minors; ADOPTION SEARCH: An Ethical Guide for Professionals; Talking to Your Child About Adoption; ADOPCION: hablando con tu hijo (Spanish translation); and co-author of CHILDREN OF OPEN ADOPTION.

Patricia has an adoption-focused practice which includes counseling, search assistance, preparation and support, and the opening of adoptions involving minors. She works with self-referred individuals and families throughout the United States.  Many adoption agencies in the United States and Canada use her services on a contract basis. She is assigned by the courts primarily as a confidential intermediary.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal and her Master’s degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor & a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Texas. In 1999, she was awarded the Baran Pannor Award for Outstanding Contributions in Open Adoption. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption recognized her with an Angel in Adoption award in 2001. She was featured as an adoption expert on the Today Show in 2003.

In addition to her professional association with adoption, she experiences adoption on the home front as the adoptive mom of two adult daughters who have had open adoptions.



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