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Learn More About Our Nationwide Network of Volunteers

In-person chapter events like these help volunteers build community and foster professional connections.

A Home Within was founded in 1994 with just one chapter of volunteer therapists in San Francisco, California. Since then, we’ve expanded to offer free mental health services to current and former foster youth in 20 chapters across 10 states. To expand access for clients, the majority of our nearly 500 volunteer therapists offer telehealth sessions, which also means you can volunteer from any U.S. state as a satellite clinician while still receiving support from our nationwide staff.

Each chapter is led locally by at least one volunteer Chapter Director who works alongside staff to create a sense of engagement and belonging, invites new volunteers to join our network of therapists, builds community partnerships, and increases the visibility of A Home Within by organizing local events. We’re always looking to establish new chapters in more states to serve more current and former foster youth in need of therapy.

Chapter Locations

California: Alameda, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Clara County, San Diego, San Francisco, UCLA, San Luis Obispo

D.M.V.: D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Illinois: Chicago

Massachusetts: Boston, Western Massachusetts

New Jersey: North Central

New York: Brooklyn/Manhattan, Hudson River Valley

Oregon: Portland, Greater Oregon

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

Texas: Dallas

Washington: Seattle

If you’re a licensed therapist interested in starting a chapter in a state or city you don’t see listed here, please reach out to Recruitment Coordinator, Emily Yang: eyang@ahomewithin.org

Clinical Directors

Sally Popper, PhD
Western Massachusetts, MA Chapter
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Sally Popper, PhD
Western Massachusetts, MA Chapter

Sally Popper is a psychologist whose career focused on treating families with foster or adopted children. She has a background in attachment and trauma research. She is a co-director of the Northampton, MA chapter of A Home Within.

A positive development in your chapter: "We have three supervision groups in Northampton and are working on extending our reach. I think the most positive aspect of our groups is how positive the interactions are among the therapists. I believe we have prevented a number of potential disruptions by providing the support therapists need to handle these complex cases."

Ruth Drasin, PhD
Boston, MA Chapter
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Ruth Drasin, PhD
Boston, MA Chapter

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Mary Haake
Alameda, CA Chapter
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Mary Haake
Alameda, CA Chapter

Dr. Haake is a psychologist in private practice in Oakland. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts and trained at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic before working for twenty-six years on the Child and Family Service of the Kaiser Oakland Psychiatry Department. She has volunteered as a therapist with A Home Within since 2012 and is the Clinical Director for the AHW Alameda County Chapter.

Mae Madge Howard, LCSW
San Diego, CA Chapter
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Mae Madge Howard, LCSW
San Diego, CA Chapter

Mae Madge Howard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. She received her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California. She immigrated from the Philippines and faced many adversities from immigration learning firsthand the gaps in government aid and access to services. She understands the complexity of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation. Her social work background ranges from counseling domestic violence survivors, working inpatient with co-occurring adults, and seeing children and their families in an inpatient hospital and outpatient clinic setting with a multitude of social, emotional, medical, and behavioral issues. She saw the gaps in mental health care for foster children and their families and joined A Home Within to help do her part.

Leda Sportolari, LCSW
Philadelphia, PA Chapter
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Leda Sportolari, LCSW
Philadelphia, PA Chapter

Leda Sportolari, LCSW has a private practice near Philadelphia. Leda is past-president of the PA Society for Clinical Social Work and remains on the board. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work. Leda has been affiliated with AHW for about 6 years.

A positive development in your chapter: "We now have 3 consultation groups running!"

Laura Orgel, PhD
Portland, OR Chapter
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Laura Orgel, PhD
Portland, OR Chapter

I was born in New York but moved to Portland in 1981. I was a teacher before becoming a psychologist and children have always been my focus. I joined A Home Within in 2010, have carried a case for 5 years, and became a Clinical Director in 2015. I love reading, swimming, yoga, music and travel.

A positive development in your chapter: "The Portland chapter is growing, with new therapists joining and consultation groups meeting every month. We are building relationships with OFYC (Oregon Foster Youth Connection) and other local and state-wide agencies."

Krissy Perry, MEd, LMHC, RPT-S
Seattle, WA Chapter
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Krissy Perry, MEd, LMHC, RPT-S
Seattle, WA Chapter

Krissy Perry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with a Master’s in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked with children and families in a variety of settings over the past 11 years – nonprofit agencies, head start programs, for-profit agencies, and private practice. Krissy started Eastside Play Therapy, a group private practice in north Bellevue, WA where she has a special place in her heart for working with children and their families. Her specialized training includes: Play Therapy, Trauma Play Therapy, Trust Based Relational Intervention®, Theraplay®, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy.

Kirsten Hughes, LMFT
Greater Oregon Chapter
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Kirsten Hughes, LMFT
Greater Oregon Chapter

Kirsten Hughes is a family therapist with 15 years of experience working with teens and their families in Eugene, Oregon. Kirsten works in a school based health center focused on serving K-12 students and their families and also in private practice with individuals and couples. Kirsten has expertise with youth development, the impact of the disease of addiction on the family, and suicide prevention and intervention in children, teens, and young adults. Kirsten is excited for the opportunity to join A Home Within.

Kathy Adorney, LICSW
Hudson River Valley, NY Chapter
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Kathy Adorney, LICSW
Hudson River Valley, NY Chapter

Kathy Adorney was in private practice for 35 years in northern Bergen County where she specialized in working with children and families. Trained in psychoanalysis, Bowenian Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) she taught family therapy and supervised graduate students in psychology at Yeshiva University. After retiring to the mid-Hudson Valley she’s pleased to work with a talented group of A Home Within Therapists.

Karen Zilberstein, LICSW
Western Massachusetts, MA Chapter
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Karen Zilberstein, LICSW
Western Massachusetts, MA Chapter

Karen Zilberstein specializes in working with children and families. She has published numerous journal articles and co-authored a children’s book on psychotherapy. Her newest book, Parenting under pressure: Struggling to raise children in an unequal America, will be released in early 2019.

A positive development in your chapter: "I got an A Home Within therapist!", has become the badge of honor amongst foster and adoptive families looking for services in our area. I wish we could serve more families, but our chapter is at full capacity."

Joe Schaller, PsyD
Philadelphia, PA Chapter
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Joe Schaller, PsyD
Philadelphia, PA Chapter

Joe Schaller has been in clinical practice in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as both a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist. He currently maintains a private practice of adults, adolescents, and children, with specialization in play therapy and sand tray therapy. He has worked extensively with local child and family services agencies with special attention to issues related to temporary placement, foster care, and adoption. He is also experienced in working with children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Schaller is recently past-president of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and continues in a leadership position within Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University and a graduate of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.

A positive development in your chapter: "Establishment of our third Consultation Group!"

Emily Yang, LCSW
New York, NY Chapter – Interim Clinical Director
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Emily Yang, LCSW
New York, NY Chapter – Interim Clinical Director

Emily Yang, LCSW, is a Child Therapist and the owner of Play & Heal Therapy for Families, LLC, a private practice in Bound Brook, New Jersey. She is a Clinical Consultant for A Home Within and sits on the Professional Advisory Board of Miriam’s Heart, a non-profit which supports local adoptive and foster families. She is trained in Child Centered Play Therapy and in Trust Based Relational Intervention, a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. Through her partnership with Miriam’s Heart, she provides play therapy to children, especially children in adoptive and foster families, who have a history of trauma, are facing behavioral challenges and/or need to grow in understanding of their foster and adoptive history.

Emily Kent, LCSW
San Francisco, CA Chapter
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Emily Kent, LCSW
San Francisco, CA Chapter

Emily Kent is a Clinical Social Worker with a practice in Walnut Creek, focusing on children and families with relational distress. Emily specializes in trauma and attachment and has 10 years of experience working with children and families in the foster care system. She believes deeply in the power of relationships and feels incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with A Home Within.

Deanna Linville, Ph.D., LMFT
Greater Oregon Chapter
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Deanna Linville, Ph.D., LMFT
Greater Oregon Chapter

Deanna Linville is the founding and Co-Clinical Director of the Greater Oregon (GO) Chapter. She is also the co-founder and Executive & Clinical Research Director at the Center for Transformative Healing and a research consultant for A Home Within. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon and Washington. Deanna is a clinical member and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the state of Oregon. She has two decades of experience providing direct mental healthcare, clinical supervision, and teaching both in and out of academic settings.

Deanna is grounded in all her work by her fascination for helping people effectively remove the barriers that impede their capacity to make and sustain healthy changes and growth. She currently holds a Courtesy Research Associate Professor appointment at the University of Oregon’s Center for Equity Promotion as well as provides teaching, consultation, and supervision to student therapists at other universities such as Oregon Institute of Technology Daybreak University.

Daria Dato, MBA, LCSW-S
Dallas, TX Chapter
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Daria Dato, MBA, LCSW-S
Dallas, TX Chapter

Daria Dato lives in Dallas. She taught social work at Texas Woman’s University and supervises student practicums in psychology, counseling, and social work. Daria integrates psychoeducational, psychoanalytic, and mindfulness building in clinical practice. With Behavioral Health Connections, she offers assessment and diagnosis services to area emergency departments.

Catherine Mogil, PsyD
UCLA, CA Chapter
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Catherine Mogil, PsyD
UCLA, CA Chapter

Dr. Mogil is an Associate Professor at UCLA. Working with children of all developmental stages, she has developed interventions for families with a multitude of challenges, including child welfare involvement, parental military deployments, infants in the NICU, and prenatal alcohol exposure.

A positive development in your chapter: "The UCLA Chapter began 2 years ago and now has 4 active therapists and a highly knowledgeable consultation group leader."

Carmel Lombardi
Rhode Island Chapter
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Carmel Lombardi
Rhode Island Chapter

Carmel Lombardi has been interested in social work for a very long time, starting when she was in her late teens, volunteering to play with children in a group home This experience opened her eyes to the field of social work, where she has found joy and fulfillment ever since. Carmel has been a therapist in private practice since 2019. Previously she worked in an agency where she led foster parent trainings and provided therapy to adoptive and foster parents. She is a mother as well, of two biological children and two children adopted from foster care. Supporting foster youth is an issue she feels passionate about and has been doing her whole professional career. Carmel is excited to be involved with A Home Within.

Ayelet Barkai, MD
Boston, MA Chapter
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Ayelet Barkai, MD
Boston, MA Chapter

Ayelet R. Barkai, M.D. is a co-director of the Cambridge/Boston Chapter of A Home Within with Ruth Drasin, Ph.D. She has a private practice in adult and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A positive development in your chapter: "We have been in the process of recruiting new clinicians and our efforts have been fruitful, with a number of new people signing on!"

Amy Geller, LCSW
New Jersey Chapter
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Amy Geller, LCSW
New Jersey Chapter

Amy Geller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and family therapist in Bergen County, New Jersey. Amy has a general practice where she has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families since 2011. Prior to that, Amy has extensive experience providing social work services in inpatient and community health settings, of which, hospice care was a particular passion. Amy’s area of clinical interest and expertise has evolved towards working with all members of the adoptee kinship network (adoptees, adoptive families, and birth parents). Initially interested in working with adolescents, it became evident to Amy that a highdegree of her adolescent clients were adoptees and that, despite their diverse backgrounds, there were similarities in their experiences and behaviors. An adoptee herself, Amy became particularly curious about understanding and meeting the needs of adoptees and their families as well as educating the mental health and school communities on the unique needs of this population.

Amy is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work at The Rutgers University School of Social Work where the focus of her scholarship and research is on adoption. As part of her studies, Amy presented a case study outlining strength-based interventions for building attachment between adolescent adoptees and their adoptive mothers. Amy is currently engaged in a qualitative study that examines “The Experience of Adult Adoptees in Psychotherapy”. In addition to her private practice, Amy lectures at Rutgers University School of Social Work and has appeared on several podcasts to speak about adoption related topics.

Alexandra Block, M.A,. LMFT, PsyD Doctoral Candidate
Los Angeles, CA Chapter
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Alexandra Block, M.A,. LMFT, PsyD Doctoral Candidate
Los Angeles, CA Chapter

Alexandra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a PsyD Doctoral Candidate, in Los Angeles. She works with clients on a wide variety of things, including grief and loss, chronic pain, couples therapy, trauma, and more. She is particularly passionate about working with those connected to foster care and adoption, including working with couples who want to foster or adopt, as well as with adults who were adopted or were in foster care. She is excited to bring these passions to the Clinical Director position, to support our amazing volunteers in Los Angeles.

Aisha Gray Henry, LCSW
Washington DC Chapter
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Aisha Gray Henry, LCSW
Washington DC Chapter

Aisha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has held several roles working with the foster care population. She believes consistent, genuine, and supportive relationships can be a place of healing for those with lived experience in the child welfare system. She admires and values the work that A Home Within is doing in our community.

At a Glance

16,000 hours of free therapy provided each year
Over 600,000 youth in foster care nationwide need access to mental healthcare
Over 500 therapists in 20 chapters across 10 states