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Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 180 | Janice Goldwater & Lisa Dominguez

May 15, 2023

Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 180 | Janice Goldwater & Lisa Dominguez

Episode Cover Episode 180 | Janice Goldwater & Lisa Dominguez

In today’s podcast, Rob Scheer and his guests discuss the needs of families looking to adopt. This includes creating paths for families who need extra support for safety and stability. They look at what is working and what can be done differently to help children and families thrive.

Adoptions Together supports children and families formed through adoption, guardianship, foster care, and kinship care with specialized services offered at locations in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Support is available to every family for a lifetime of guidance, education, and counseling to ensure that each family stays strong together. 

Janice Goldwater is the founder and CEO of Adoptions Together. With an attachment focused, trauma informed lens, the agency provides a broad spectrum of clinical, educational and transformational services to strengthen relationships in first families, kinship, foster and adoptive families and the communities who support them. Janice founded the organization in 1990 and has been primarily responsible for its growth and development. As an adoptive parent of an older child who experienced maltreatment for ten years of life, Janice has utilized community-based services to support her child and family into effectively reaching adulthood. 

Lisa Dominguez, LICSW, LCSW-C, joined Adoptions Together in 2022 in the role of Chief Program Officer. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families impacted by trauma and loss and has specialized training in working with foster and adoptive families. Ms. Dominguez has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and has a certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment from the Ferentz Institute. In addition to her direct service with children and families and contract oversight experience, she is a seasoned supervisor and trainer.


Story Key Notes:

🖐️  National Foster Care Awareness Month gives us the chance to reflect on practice

🖐️  How do we define safety and stability for children as a society

🖐️  What are the short-term and long-term possible psychological implications for children who experience abuse and neglect


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Learn more about how you can affect change to the lives of youth in foster care by visiting

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