Therapeutic and educational consultants at Prepare To Bloom have assisted many parents and guardians of adopted children. A parent might approach us because their child is suffering from reactive attachment disorder, mental illness, or simply having a tough time in school. We offer many services to adoptive parents including family support for adoptive parents, educational and therapeutic placement for adopted children, and home planning where an adopted child is involved.

Adoptive parents will encounter many instances when their child is growing up where they will need to make decisions. If and when to tell the child he or she was adopted? If there are adopted children and biological children, how do they ensure equal treatment?

Adoption is the process of transferring all rights and responsibilities from the original parent or parents to a new parent or parents. Adoptive parents differ from foster parents in the level of responsibility which is taken on.

International adoption has been a big topic in the news. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Madonna have adopted children from outside of their own countries.

Blog Entries on Adoption

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Attachment Disorders in the Adoptive Population Posted April 27 2011 | 11:02 pm

As I was doing some research on Attachment Disorders, I came across an interview with Dr. Jane Aronson, “Orphan Doctor” to¬†Angelina¬†Jolie and Brad Pitt’s family. Although the interview is now four years old, the conversation struck me as inspirational on one hand, as she is a strong supporter of adoption, and somewhat confusing on the […]

Books on Adoption

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child

Nancy Verrier writes with a solid understanding of what an adopted child goes through.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Great resource for parents of adopted children

Shayna Abraham, M.A.
Owner, Lead Consultant
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Prepare To Bloom, LLC

Therapeutic and Educational Consulting

Prepare To Bloom is a San Francisco Bay Area based consulting firm devoted to helping families make good therapeutic and educational choices. We were founded in the spring of 2011 bringing years of knowledge, experience, and expertise to help make a decision that is well informed and wise... a decision that will best enable an adolescent or young adult to grow to their full potential.

We specialize in placing adolescents and young adults in American therapeutic programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with families located within the United States and abroad.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.

Owner, Lead Consultant

Shayna Abraham holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Eating Disorders from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has completed additional course work in chemical dependency at California State University, East Bay. Prior to full time consulting, she worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients including adults, adolescents, children and families.

Shayna understands that each family she works with has unique and often complex challenges. Her intent is to meet each family where they are and guide them to reach their individually defined goals. Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of families and has placed clients in academic and therapeutic settings.

Shayna regularly travels nationally and internationally, maintaining her direct knowledge of schools and programs. This allows her to cultivate relationships directly with each of the professionals and programs she recommends. She utilizes her in-depth understanding of diagnosis, assessment, and treatment to advocate for her clients while guiding the family through the entire treatment process.


For families who are just beginning to see the signs and the symptoms of trouble.

Family Support

For families in need of a new or modified treatment team.


For families who need options outside of the home.

After Care

Providing best fit options in a safe and secure 'real world' environment.

Home Planning

Creating structure and support through past learnings.