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Hi, I’m Dawn

I’m a writer and a licensed professional clinical counselor working with families. I received my masters in clinical counseling through the University of Dayton and have my post-graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health through Arcadia University. I completed the PSI and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training and am a Level IV Early Childhood & Afterschool Professional per the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association.  Scroll down to see clips to some of my essays and features. 



Open Adoption, Broken Heart

This essay first appeared at Salon.com and was reprinted in Adoptive Families Magazine and in Rebecca Walker’s collection of essays, One Big Happy Family (Riverhead Books, 2009) where it was mentioned in a Kirkus starred review.

Weighing Down Our Children

This feature story originally appeared in Brain Child Magazine and was reprinted in Utne. I was also interviewed about the topic on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth.

Find Forgiveness for Yourself

This unassuming feature garnered the derision of Ron Rosenbaum, who wrote an essay for Slate decrying the article (and me, as the author) for all that is wrong with American yoga culture. Well, no press is bad press, right? Yowch.

The Myth of the Forever Family

This feature story appeared in Brain Child Magazine and was reprinted in several adoption organization newsletters. My expertise and writing about adoption got me a call out on This American Life for consulting with them on story they produced on open adoption.

Stop! Calm Down! Think!

A feature about the Second Step program, an emotional literacy and mindfulness program taught in elementary schools.


This essay appeared in Brain Child and was reprinted in Rainbow Families. My writing on transracial parenting led me to being interviewed on Q with Jian Giomeshi on CBC.

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