Counseling

Have you ever wanted to talk to a professional who can help you with the lifelong journey of adoption? 

Adoption Network Cleveland offers mental health counseling through partnerships with known, trusted, adoption-competent providers in our community who work as independent contractors. The counselors selected for this program have expertise in the lifelong journey of adoption. They work with adult adoptees, birthparents, siblings, adoptive parents and families, and significant others. Your medical insurance and Ohio PASSS (Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy) could be utilized.

Individuals and families look to Adoption Network Cleveland as a trusted resource. So, if the complexities of adoption develop into concerns, turn to us. We’re here for you every step of the way.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Executive Assistant, Sarah LaTourette Kayser, at (216) 482-2309.



Meet the Counselors:

Kendra Crookston, LPCC-S, M.A.Ed.
Kendra Crookston is a Professional Clinical Counselor and has been in the field for several years, providing counseling to birthparents. Kendra received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University in Sociology. After several years working in child welfare, she received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from The University of Akron. She is currently employed at Akron Children's Hospital where she has provided counseling to parents of children with disruptive behaviors. Kendra is now the coordinator of a program that assists parents with navigating the many systems of mental health services.

Kendra is an adoptee and has an open relationship with many members of her birth family. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Kenny and their two children, Sloane and Bennett. Kendra enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as reading and watching movies.

Marilyn Malkin, Ph.D.
Marilyn Malkin is a Psychologist with over 25 years experience. She works with children, parents around their children's issues, and adults individually. Marilyn has worked in different settings, including mental health clinics, adult and children's hospitals, eating disorder programs, parenting programs and private practice. Her practice has included a range of disorders, from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, identity issues and relationship issues. She has experience with all members of the adoption constellation.
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