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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

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. 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 attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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