Caitlin I

Caitlin moved to Alabama from Virginia as a young child and has lived in and around Birmingham since. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She currently works full-time at a local, nonprofit child welfare agency, Agape of Central Alabama, and holds the title of Adoption Supervisor. She oversees both domestic and international adoption and specializes in educating families on attachment based, trauma sensitive parenting. As a parent, and a domestic adoptee, Caitlin finds great joy and fulfillment in her profession. Three years ago, 1 month before her 30th birthday, Caitlin was reunited with her biological family. Caitlin has since developed relationships with members of her biological family and has shared those experiences with her adoptive family. Personally and professionally, she has been surrounded by some of the bravest of women, from all sides of the adoption triad, who have greatly impacted her view of the world and her identity as a mother. She currently calls Bluff Park home, where she lives with her husband Wally, of 13 years, and their three children, Rowan, age 6, Elliot, age 3, and Remy, age 1. In her free time, you can find her working out in her makeshift garage gym, drinking copious amounts of coffee, or working hard to make the people around her laugh.

Mom Friends :: 2020’s Greatest Gift

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What Preparing Families for Transracial Adoption Has Taught Me About Racism

By vocation, I oversee and am a working member of a local domestic adoption program. One of my roles is to educate prospective adoptive parents on the varying needs of adopted children and prepare...

National Foster Care Month :: Advice from Workers on the Front Line

May is National Foster Care Month. Foster care is one of the greatest areas of need in our state. Currently, there are over 6,000 children in foster care in Alabama and only 2,390 approved...

Five Adoption Books You Should Read {from an Adoptee Turned Adoption Social Worker}

As an adoption social worker, I have created a list of my top five book recommendations for adoptive parents and their support group. I'm an adoptee myself, and I love passing along information on...

Gratitude Journaling :: What It Is and How It Helps My Sanity

Like many other moms out there in the world, I tend to get in bed at the end of a long day with a lot on my mind. This mental list may or may...

Adoption :: A “Both-And” Experience {National Adoption Month}

National Adoption Month National Adoption Month is a time when we recognize and raise awareness about adoption. Often times, what reaches the surface in the sharing of adoption stories is the great joy brought through...

When All You Have is Not Enough

Failing My Children I have been in the role of mom for six years now; well six and a half, but who’s counting? During these past six years, as I have submitted myself to the...

5 Simple Ways to Stay Connected with Your Child During the School Year

School is right around the corner. There is a part of me that craves the end of summer chaos and the return of the inevitable routine and order that comes with the school year....

Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Caitlin

Birmingham Birmingham has been home to me since the second grade. My parents, Midwesterners from Illinois, moved my sister and me to the suburbs just outside of Birmingham during the summer of 1993. Birmingham summers...
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