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Meet Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

My name is Jennifer Bliss. I'm the National Associate Counseling Director at Independent Adoption Center. I've been at the agency for about eight years. I was hired initially as a therapist for the birthmothers and found it to be a really good fit. Actually, I always thought I was going to be a child psychologist when I was growing up and wound up really, really, really liking adoption work and the psychology behind adoption and supporting birth parents and adoptive parents through the process. Actually, I just put together a couple years ago that when I was little, I had little brothers and most people probably made their little siblings play house and I made my little brothers play orphanage. And I thought that was totally normal until one day people started laughing at that concept. But I guess looking back, maybe it's always been in my blood, creating families and working with children who need to find parents. But whatever route took me here, it's definitely where I'm meant to be.
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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Founder of Bliss Adoption Services

Dr. Jennifer Bliss has dedicated her career to adoption education and support. She specializes in providing clinical services for all members of the adoption triad, including adoption education/consultation and pre/post adoption relationship support. Throughout her career, Dr. Bliss has been passionate about educating the public on best practices in adoption and the psychology of open adoption. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.
Dr. Bliss received her BA in Psychology and BS in Education from University of Southern California. She went on to earn her MSW from UCLA and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss has supervised adoption counselors across the country and has spoken on the psychology behind open adoption at universities and statewide conferences. She has also appeared as the open adoption expert on radio programs, podcasts, television shows and was the primary adoption consultant and featured counselor on WEtv's 4-part documentary series, "Adoption Diaries.”

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