Karen welcomes Sabra Starnes to the show to tell her story as an adoptee, growing up in a transracial family, and her reunion story through an attachment lens.
Sabra and her twin were adopted as infants in a closed adoption. Growing up in a transracial family in the Midwest had many joys and challenges. Sabra and her family experienced racism and discrimination as a transracial family. Sabra learned to persevere and be a strong advocate for herself. And at a young age, she knew she wanted to help others.
She provides adoption counseling using an attachment-based therapy connected with expressive therapies. She is passionate about her clinical work in speaking and training on adoption locally and nationally. As an expert adoption therapist for the past 22 years, she has the personal experience and professional training to work with adoptees and adoptive families. She is a strong advocate for children who are in care to have permanency or reunify with their birth families.
Starnes has a Masters in Social Work for Catholic University and Masters in Education from American University. She specializes in adoption, foster care, parenting issues, and skills. Sabra is married to the love of her life Krushae, son Larry and Rasheed, and a 3-year-old granddaughter, Alayna.