Job Title: Executive Director
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Favorite Adoption Story: I was providing individual therapy to a mother recovering from substance abuse and family therapy to her and the four children. Her children ranged from the age of 30 months to 12 years. Their fathers were not involved in their lives. After a difficult and painful journey for all, the biological mom was successful in becoming clean and sober, which allowed her to think with clarity for the first time in many years. The biological mom gave a great amount of deliberate and selfless consideration while applying new decision-making skills learned in therapy and substance abuse rehabilitation. In having no safety nets, such as family, the help of the biological fathers, education, or ability to make an adequate income, she realized she would have to raise her children in poverty and expose them to environments which currently were laden with illegal drugs. The biological mom realized this would not only put her children in negative and dangerous environments, but would also present a continual risk of her relapsing due to daily exposure of illegal substances. The biological mom determined the loving option would be to place her children in open adoption so they could experience a loving and positive childhood that she would not be capable of offering. The children were adopted two years ago and are thriving. They maintain intermittent contact with their biological mom and have accepted the perspective that a child can never have too many people who love them. The biological mom is able to support herself on one income and now attends evening school to obtain a degree. With therapeutic support, all the children are on a positive trajectory and demonstrate confidence in themselves. An ill-fated situation converted to stability and promise.
Education: Linda is a licensed social worker with a Master Degree in Social Work from Indiana University along with a Bachelor’s degree of Social Work and advanced certificate in Case Management. Prior to completing graduate school, Linda worked in the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant at Riley Hospital Behavioral Pediatrics.
Responsibilities: Linda oversees the programs of the Indiana office, supervises its’ employees, and runs the day-to-day functioning of the office. Linda has over 25 years of combined experience with children and families in medical and social work. She specifically has provided services and care to those families and children enduring challenging situations. Her experience as a child and family therapist enables her to provide empathetic support to empower families.