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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Our Adoption, Foster Care & Therapy Staff

Adoption & Foster Care Management

Director of Treatment Foster Care and Adoption, Jeanne Hollingshead

Jeanne is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and child welfare fields. She specializes in attachment and relationship-based treatment and is trained in Theraplay. Jeanne graduated with a master’s in social work from Barry University in Miami, Florida and a bachelor’s in English from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Regional Manager, Treatment Foster Care and Adoption, Amy Barbour

Amy has 21 years of experience working with children and families; 18 of those years with LFSVA. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Christopher Newport University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Regional Manager, Post Adoption Case Management, Caroline Ingram

Caroline has 10 years of child and family advocacy, working in adoption and foster care as well as a variety of settings including hospital, home-based, and outpatient. She managed an adoption agency satellite branch and supervised a team of caseworkers who specialized in international foster care. She earned her BS in Business Administration and Sociology and MA in Counseling. She is well-trained and experienced working within trauma-informed and adoption-competent frameworks. She is a resident counselor, working towards earning her LPC. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys DIY projects, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son & friends.

Clinical Supervisor, Emily Olsen

Emily is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in assisting children, adolescents, and their families experiencing mental health and/or behavioral crisis in the community. Over the past ten years, she has provided mental health services to individuals, groups, and families in a variety of mental health settings. She provides trauma-focused, family-centered interventions for adoptive youth and their families. Emily is an adoption-competent therapist and an adoption competency trainer through the Center for Adoption Support and Education. She holds degrees from Radford University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Supervisor for Treatment Foster Care and Adoption, Laura Williams

Therapy Staff

Mental Health Clinician, Sarah DeCiucis

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to helping children, youth and families improve their lives and well-being. She has experience in providing trauma-focused treatment, including expressive and play-based interventions, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral, integrated play therapy and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Sarah has practiced in providing mental health services to foster care and adoptive children, youth and families, and is currently receiving Training for Adoption Competency from the Center for Adoption Support and Education. She is also currently in the process of becoming a registered play therapist. Sarah received her Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.

Mental Health Clinician, Emily Olsen

Emily is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in assisting children, adolescents, and their families experiencing mental health and/or behavioral crisis in the community. Over the past ten years, she has provided mental health services to individuals, groups, and families in a variety of mental health settings. She provides trauma-focused, family-centered interventions for adoptive youth and their families. Emily is an adoption-competent therapist and an adoption competency trainer through the Center for Adoption Support and Education. She holds degrees from Radford University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Mental Health Clinician, Bronwyn Robertson

Bronwyn is a licensed professional counselor in Tidewater who has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in integrative psychotherapy using mindfulness-based, trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral, expressive, play and somatic interventions for adoptive youth and their families. She is certified as an adoption-competent therapist and adoption competency trainer via the Center for Adoption Support and Education, and has lectured and published internationally on psychotherapy for trauma and anxiety and on mindfulness-oriented therapies including integrative, mindfulness-oriented cinematherapy.

Adoption & Foster Care Staff

RICHMOND

Mandy Tennity, Foster Care Engagement Specialist

Maurice Gallimore, Resource Family Coordinator

Rebekah Brown, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist – Treatment Foster Care

Theresa Grosse, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist – Treatment Foster Care

Desiree’ Sterling, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist – Intake/Adoption

TIDEWATER

Mandy Tennity, Foster Care Engagement Specialist

Wendy Luna, Resource Family Coordinator

Rachel McCallum-Jones, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist – Treatment Foster Care

Desiree’ Sterling, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist – Intake/Adoption

Jasmine Garcia, Youth and Family Treatment Specialist

Post-Adoption Case Management Staff

Lisa Grass, Post-Adoption Case Manager, Charlottesville

Lori Mier, Post-Adoption Case Manager, Harrisonburg

Lauren Knox, Post-Adoption Case Manager, Winchester

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