Outpatient Services
Claire Barr-Johnson, LPCC

La Familia-Namaste continues to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, an evidence based therapy which uses horses as therapy partners. The program was partially funded through a grant from United Way of Central New Mexico through June 30, 2014. The United Way funds allowed us to serve vulnerable children who had no health insurance. Since the end of June 2014 we have continued to offer Equine Therapy to children who have some form of health insurance. Our therapist is credentialed with almost all health insurance companies and certified by Egala.

We also provide outpatient services through our Post Adoption Clinical Therapy program. This program provides counseling to children and their adoptive family. The focus of therapy is on the attachment and trauma issues that accompany the adoption process. Both of these services are limited due to the availability of therapists with the expertise to provide these specialized services. We will continue to search for resources to bolster and expand these services which are so badly needed by the children and families of New Mexico.

Pregnancy Counseling &
Adoption Services

Megan Walsh, LISW

ADOPTION SERVICES Under the umbrella of Adoption Services, La Familia provides many different services to the families of New Mexico. La Familia’s Adoption program provides comprehensive adoption services to prospective adoptive families in addition to providing continuing supports to families who have already welcomed children through adoption. Each family is provided with orientation, adoption preparation, opportunities for interaction with other adoptive families and personal, individualized support and encouragement throughout the entire adoption process. Families choose between domestic and international adoption and are provided with support and education about each process. Through a contract with the department of Children, Youth and Families, the agency provides homestudy services to over 436 prospective foster and adoptive families throughout the State of New Mexico.

PREGNANCY COUNSELING Pregnancy options counseling is provided to women and their partners and supportive counseling services are provided to extended family members and friends. Our skilled, experienced social workers help families make decisions and access applicable resources. Women in this program are provided with emotional support, transportation assistance, housing resources and other case management functions. Ongoing counseling and matching services remain available for parents who choose the option of adoption for their child.
NEW MEXICO FIESTA PROJECT The New Mexico FIESTA (Family Activities, Information, Education, Support & Training for Adoptive families) project includes monthly trainings, support groups and family activities in each of New Mexico’s five regions. In addition, the program has created and maintains a lending library, staffs toll free warm lines and facilitates communication through an online book club, Facebook discussion group, blog and hosts training opportunities for professionals. The project is staffed by experienced adoptive parents with specialized expertise in a variety of adoption specific areas. Groups are available to Spanish speaking families and families who identify as LGBT. NM FIESTA focuses on teaching parents to parent in ways that help their children heal from past traumas and create a welcoming, friendly adoption community statewide. We have recently added Parent Coaching and Family Contact Management to the services we provide under this project.

PROJECT VALOR Project Valor provides grief and loss training and monthly support groups to concurrent foster families through CYFD. The project is funded by the Federal Children’s Bureau through a Diligent Recruitment Grant with The Adoption Exchange. Our staff worked with CYFD, The Adoption Exchange and the Children’s Grief Center to develop a 2.5 hour training curriculum and plans for monthly 90 minute support groups for both children and adults living in foster homes. The goal of Project Valor is to help concurrent foster families explore the emotional and psychological implications of unresolved and unaddressed grief and loss.

COA AND HAGUE ACCREDITATION Our staff is working diligently to complete requirements for our COA reaccreditation and our Hague accreditation. We are excited about becoming Hague accredited and look forward to exploring the option of building direct relationships with programs serving children in need of adoption in other countries.

Ethiopian Brunch
In September 2014 a very special Ethiopian Brunch was sponsored by volunteer Sara Koplik and held at the home of Kari Brandenburg, La Familia-Namaste Board member. Sara adopted her son Solomon from Ethiopia 5 years ago and wanted to provide assistance to our Post Adoption Therapy program. She and her son Solomon had benefited from the therapy provided by the program and also wished to share their adoption story with others in the community. Sara and Solomon actively participate in the Albuquerque Ethiopian community and members of that community provided authentic Ethiopian food for the brunch. The food was wonderful and those who attended were generous in their support of our programs. We are grateful to all those who worked to make this event a success.
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