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Marie Dolfi, LCSW                                            
Specializing in Adoption Counseling, Home Studies and Education        518-281-8884     
About Marie Dolfi, LCSW                           
Marie Dolfi is a NYS licensed clinical social worker. She has a Masters of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany. After a number of years working as a clinician in inpatient and outpatient settings, Marie decided to specialize her private practice to working with adoptees, adoptive families, adoptive parents, birth/first parents, and prospective adoptive parents. 

Marie is committed to participating extensively in adoption specific training and staying current with adoption research and literature. Some of the nationally recognized adoption trainers & researchers Marie has trained with include:

Holly Van Gulden             Joseph Crumbly                John Raible
Jayne Schooler                   Zena Oglesby                    Debbie Riley 
Joyce Maguire Pavao        Hal Grotevant                   Karyn Purvis
Ruth McCoy                      Robert Ballard                   Gregory Keck
Denise Goodman              Dee Paddock                     Brenda McCreight
Sue Badeau                        Heather Forbes                 Rhonda Roorda
​Dan Hughes                      Regina Kupecky               Charlie Applestein
April Dinwoodie              Amanda Baden                 Leslie Pate Mackinnon




Just a few of the adoption books Marie has read (in no particular order of importance). 

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David M. Brodzinsky
Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past by Betsy Keefer & Jayne E. Schooler
Birthright: The Guide to Search & Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents & Adoptive Parents by Jean Strauss 
Raising Adopted Children by Lois Melina
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita Simon and Rhonda Roorda
The Primal Wound by Nancy Newton Verrier
The Adoption Reunion Handbook by Liz Trinder, Julia Feast, and David Howe
The Girls That Went Away by Ann Fessler
The Body Keeps the Score - Brain, Mind & body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O'Malley
Family of Adoption by Joyce Maguire Pavao
Beneath the Mask, Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley and John Meeks
Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues by Jayne E. Schooler 
The Third Choice- A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption by Leslie Foge and Gail Mosconi
Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child by Holly Van Gulden
Adoption Parenting – Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections by Jean MacLeod 
20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge 
Lost & Found: The Adoption Experience by Betty Jean Lifton
Adoption Healing – A Path to Recovery by Joe Soll 
Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families by Rafael Art Javier, Amanda L.        Baden, Frank A. Biafora and Alina Camacho-Gingerich
Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control – A Love Based Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors      by Heather Forbes
Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children by Daniel Hughes
The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen Foli & John Thompson


Past Board Membership include: Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition NY (formerly New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children), Parsons Child & Family Center Post Adoption Recourse Center Advisory Board  and the Adoptive Families of the Capital Region.

Organizations Marie is proud to be a member of: American Adoption Congress North American Council on Adoptable Children, National Association of Social Workers,  & Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition NY (formerly New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children)



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Learn about Marie's thoughts on adoption therapy on a radio show sponsored by the UAlbany School of Social Welfare Link to radio show