Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc.

Rating: 1 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health

Location: 4000 Blackburn Lane Suite 260 Burtonsville MD 20866 USA

Mission: The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) works to strengthen the well-being of adoptees and their families. We provide a safe place for children and families, educate the community, promote the mental health of adoptees and families, establish collaborations and partnerships and participate in the national field of adoption study.
Programs: Programs include individual and family counseling; the Kids Adoption Network groups that focus on normalizing adoption; the Kids Adoption Conference; Lifelines For Kids, a project that deals with issues unique to the process of moving through foster care to permanent families; the Adoptive Parent Connection that provides personal guidance and support groups; and, the W.I.S.E. program, a signature program the provides children with tools to meet the unique challenges of adoption.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I was a prospective client required to go on a wait list. That was fine because I thought the wait would be worth it. I followed their request to check in monthly, which I did only to receive nasty responses on why I was checking in verses waiting for a call a that a therapist was available. Well, I did receive a call nearly two months later, which was fine. I was extended an opportunity for our family (in post placement) to participate in a special program. I agreed after researching the program and discussing with others outside CASE on the benefits of participating. Well, ONE HOUR before our first the first therapy session for my young daughters I get a call saying we do not qualify for the program because of the status of our adoption. No alternative was provided, nor did they care. I was quizzed on why was not seeking treatment from my adoption agency for my girls (because they do not offer such services!) In my utter shock and dismay, their unprofessional director of administration and training got on the phone and proceeded to berate me, talk down to me, and insult me laced with insincere apologies. When I asked what services were available she suggested I coukd receive their newsletter!! Shocked to tears, I asked to speak with the person that called me. Then the director lied, saying she was in with clients, which was impossible since the time was set for my daughters' appointment time. At this point she also instructed me to call or write their CEO, them hung up!! beyond shocked by her remarkable disregard and unprofessionalism and the fact that she refused to offer any alternative treatment services FOR THEIR VETTING ERROR, I broke down in tears that turned into being grateful for the transparency of CASE because why would I want therapy services from CASE for my adopted children who already have experienced abuse!!! Shame on CASE.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the Director of Administration and Training. Recognize errors and come prepared with alternatives so to live up to the mission. Fully train employees before exposing them to clients! Would I refer a family or individual -- NO Will I tell my full experience to all who will listen, including current and prospective donors -- YES

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2014

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The woman who owns this center, Kathleen Dugan, has abused all her adopted children. She abuses her friendships with social workers and government workers to put situations in her favor. She is a horrible woman who takes advantage of every person she can.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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