Lisa Maynard is a nationally known speaker, trainer, advocate and consultant on adoption with over 25 years in the field. Her practice, specializing in adoption and foster care, is based in Upstate New York where she offers counseling to individuals, couples and families. In addition, Lisa is available by request for workshops, trainings and consultations on adoption, foster care, trauma, child welfare, and recruitment and placement. Also conducts home studies for infant adoption and embryo donation.
Philosophy of Treatment
Lisa’s approach to treatment is strength-based and solution-focused, guiding and empowering clients to finding the answers to their challenges in a safe, supportive environment.
Lisa has received the following awards and honors: 2010 North American Council on Adoptable Children “Adoption Activist Award;” 2008 United States Department of Health and Human Services Excellence in Adoption Award for post adoption services; 2001 Congressional Honor “Angel in Adoption.” In 2008, she co-produced an 8-part series with Kevin Doran on the issues of adoption aired by WROC TV8 Rochester NY that received national attention winning the Children’s Bureau’s 2008 Anna Quindlen Award and also nominated for an Emmy award.
Education and Certification:
Licensed Masters of Social Work, New York State
Masters of Social Work, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Trauma Counseling Certification, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
Post-Graduate Certificate in Adoption Therapy, Hunter College of Social Work, Manhattan, NY
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Level 1 Reiki Certification
Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
National Association of Social Workers, Genesee Valley Chapter Board of Directors
New York State Citizen’s Coalition for Children, Board of Directors
Academy of Certified Social Workers
North American Council on Adoptable Children
National Association of Professional Women
BNI East End
Brighton (NY) Chamber of Commerce