Foundations for Growth            

Specializing in adoption-related services, support and education,
and mental health counseling

Who We Are

Our Story

Foundations for Growth was created with a mission to bridge the gap in adoption-related services, particularly regarding education, support, and counseling services for members of the adoption triad while also providing mental health counseling services. It all began when the founders, Audra Coons and Katherine Roth, had the opportunity to work as colleagues for a national, private adoption agency specializing in open adoption, where they received innovative yet evidenced-based training on open adoption practices. They quickly found that their passion for serving the adoption community mirrored one another and their ability to work as a powerful team became seamless.

Over the past several years, Audra and Kathy have encountered many birth and adoptive families who were in need of a passionate adoption professional with not only knowledge on the process, but also with clinical expertise in addressing their emotional and behavioral needs. They were inspired by this need and Foundations for Growth was born. The dynamic duo is focused on providing quality and compassionate services while aiming to debunk adoption myths and stereotypes among our society and within the adoption community. Foundations for Growth provides services for individuals, families, and professionals including pre-placement adoption services, educational and support services, post-adoption related concerns, and mental health counseling.
 

Meet the Counselors

Audra Coons, LCSW

Co-Owner/Founder, Counselor
Audra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW#13435) in the state of Florida and is Certified as an Adoption Competent Therapist by Florida's Department of Children and Families. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in psychology from University of Evansville and her Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Central Florida. Audra is also a Notary Public in Florida.

Audra found her true passion when she began working in the adoption field, mostly with expectant/birth mothers and adoptive families. She has management, counseling, and outreach experience working for a national, private non-profit adoption agency specializing in open adoption and domestic placements. Audra is excited to focus her career on services for the adoption community where there is a strong need for education, counseling, and skilled clinicians serving all members of the adoption triad: birthparents, adoptive parents, and adopted children.

Audra also has diverse experience within the mental health field and specializes in counseling for women's issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, and trauma. Audra has experience in a variety of settings including an inpatient psychiatric facility, behavioral health hospital, outpatient counseling centers, and in-home case management. She has worked in family strengthening and parenting education programs, substance abuse treatment, mood and anxiety disorder treatment, and medical social work. She has been trained to use evidenced-based interventions including Attachment-Focused Therapy, Behavioral Activation (BA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and also utilizes mindfulness and strengths-based interventions.

Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp - Tampa Bay Chapter), and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
 

Katherine Roth, LCSW

Co-Owner/Founder, Counselor

Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW#13287) in the state of Florida and is Certified as an Adoption Competent Therapist by Florida's Department of Children and Families. Kathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an Additional Major in Psychology from Michigan State University. In addition, Kathy obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on children, youth and families from the University of Michigan. Kathy is a Notary Public in Florida.


Kathy has a strong passion for adoption and believes that everyone involved in the process deserves to be given equal opportunities, choices, education, and support to ensure a positive experience and future. Kathy has a vast amount of knowledge and practice in working with the adoption triad: birthparents, adoptive parents, and adopted children, at various stages of the process. Over the years, she has provided a variety of services to birth and adoptive parents such as the home study process, options counseling, education, support groups, and post-adoption supervision and counseling. Kathy strives to provide ethical, comprehensive services and is eager to share her passion and expertise with others in the adoption community.


Kathy has worked extensively with adults, adolescents/children, and families in a range of settings including outpatient counseling centers, home/community based services, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She has worked with women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual/physical/emotional abuse, family building and parenting education programs, and as a behavioral health case manager and counselor assisting clients with mental health issues. Kathy specializes in counseling for anxiety, depression, infertility, self-esteem, stress management, trauma, and women's issues. Kathy believes it is important when working with clients to develop an individualized treatment approach based on their identified needs and goals. Kathy has been trained to use evidenced-based interventions including Attachment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing.


Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).