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Jayne E. Schooler, an enthusiastic supporter of families formed by adoption or foster care currently serves as a international trainer, consultant, and curriculum writer with the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio. She has partnered with Casey Family Programs, the National Foster Parent Association, Spaulding for Children and the National Council for Adoption in writing and training projects. Her unique experience as both a foster/adoptive parent and adoption professional offers her audiences credible experience and support.
Jayne has over 25 years of experience in working with and speaking to families and professionals in child welfare, first as a foster parent, then as an adoptive parent, adoption professional and educator. Jayne's first book, The Whole Life Adoption Book,(1993 and revised 2008) is required reading for adoption agencies around the country. She is also the author of Searching for a Past,(1995) and co-author of an award-winning book, Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child.(2000) and Journeys after Adoption (2002) and Mom, Dad, I'm Pregnant" When Your Daughter or Son Faces an Unplanned Pregnancy.(2004) Her newest book project, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents was released January, 2010.
Since 1989, Jayne has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on family life issues as well as foster and adoptive parent issues on state, national, and international levels for both families and professionals. She has made guest appearances on over three dozen radio talk shows across the country, speaking on adoption and family life issues. She was selected as the 2006 Trainer of the Year for the Ohio Child Welfare training program and also awarded the Distinguished Service in Training award (2006) by the National Staff Development and Training Association.
Jayne's international work has taken her to Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and in 2010, her speaking and consultation expands to Poland and New Zealand. This is cooperation with the International Leadership and Development Center headquartered in Canada. One of her books have been translated into Russian (Telling the Truth) and plans are in the works for two others - in Russian and Polish.
In addition to her training and writing responsibilities, Jayne also serves as a faculty member in the Life Issues Counseling Department of the Master's International School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. She and her husband, Dr. David Schooler, are the parents of two adult children, Ray, age 43 who joined their family by adoption at age 16, and a daughter, Kristy, 33 and grandparents of three.