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Process Group for Adopted Adults
Every other Monday 7:00 to 8:30
Lori Charlish, MSW
Specializing in Adoption 
Portland OR 97212

Lori has 20 years experience working in the mental health field and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her passion for working with those touched by adoption comes from her personal experience and her desire to see children and families that are created through all circumstances, thrive and enjoy one another.

Lori is an adult adoptee and was raised in a large family of both adopted and birth children. She has an understanding of what it feels like to be adopted and to navigate the unique path of the adoptee through the different developmental and life stages. She recognizes that there can be challenges to individuals and families created through foster placement and adoption, and believes that with guidance, support and education, these challenges can be met by gaining the insight and tools needed to heal and maintain healthy family relationships.

Over 23 years ago, Lori searched for and found her birth parents. She has gained valuable experience and understanding in the area of reuniting with birth families, and the work, patience and balance it takes to incorporate this into the adoptee’s and their family’s lives.

In addition, Lori  worked for a private adoption agency writing home studies and consulting on adoption-related issues for families. She also served as an advocate in the court system for children in foster placements awaiting permanency plans. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and one in Social Sciences, with a Minor in Black Studies.  After earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work, she completed 100 hours of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive Families.  

Lori works from a strengths-based perspective, utilizing therapies such as Solution Focused, Narrative, Trust Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI), and Life Span Integration (LI).