Who We Are
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
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.
Katherine Roth, LCSW
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).