Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful gifts for both the child and adoptive parents. We understand the stress that comes with navigating the complex process, agency paperwork and not to mention preparing to bring your child home. Our goal is to help you complete the psychological evaluation process in a timely manner and with as little stress as possible. In addition, we offer highly competitive rates and evening sessions ideal for those busy expecting parents!
THE EVALUATION PROCESS: Dr. Richard Wemhoff will meet with each parent separately for a clinical hour long interview, following the interview each parent will be asked to complete personality assessment and testing. The appointment session and testing will last approximately three hours each in duration. Following the interview and testing, Dr. Wemhoff will compile the results and provide a comprehensive report directly to your adoption agency. We offer an optional feedback session once the report has been completed to discuss the findings. Adoption agencies vary in their mental health screening requirements for adoptive parents. Our evaluations are tailored to meet the client’s specific needs.
ABOUT OUR EVALUATOR – DR. RICHARD WEMHOFF, PH.D.
Dr. Richard Wemhoff is licensed by the State of Washington as a clinical psychologist. He has a Doctoral degree in Counseling; Postdoctoral internship in Marriage and Family; Former director of the M.A. Psychology program at Antioch University; and Former adjunct member of the faculties of the University of Idaho, Seattle University, and Chapman College.
He is the co-founder and Clinical Director of Emmaus Counseling Center and has been a clinical psychologist in private practice for more than 30 years.
Dr. Wemhoff has a wide range of experience working with adoptive families as a clinical psychologist and has conducted several comprehensive International Adoption Assessments. He has never had an adoptive parent psychological evaluation rejected from any court for any reason.
TRANSITIONING TO ADOPTIVE AND OR FOSTER PARENTS: This is a critical time for both the child and new parents. Because of their histories, children from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child. We have therapists trained in adoption/foster parenting skills and blended families here to assist you in your journey.
RESOURCES & ORGANIZATIONS
- Adopt Us Kids
- Children Awaiting Parents
- Children’s Home Society of Washington
- Children’s House International Adoptions
- Child Welfare League of America
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
- Heart Gallery of America
- Hope and Home
- National Adoption Center Blog
- National Council For Adoption
- Olive Crest
- Waiting Child Fund
- World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)