Post-Adoption Counseling


Our post adoption counseling team specializes in providing, adoption-, foster-, and kinship-competent, therapy services. We offer strengths-based, trauma-informed care to children, adults, and families touched by kinship and adoption. Several of our therapists are also trainers for the Center for Adoption Support and Education’s (C.A.S.E.) evidence-based Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) program and work to train other mental health professionals to increase their own adoption competency.

Additionally, we can help with counseling related to reconnecting with birth families or opening a previously closed adoption.

  • We accept Medicaid or self-pay clients.  Sliding scale available based on need
  • Birthparents who placed through CSS receive free lifetime adoption-related counseling
  • Call 801-326-4391 or email for more information

Meet our Clinical Team

Tara Romney Barber, LCSW

Clinical Program Director

Tara has worked with children, adolescents, and families in various capacities for almost 20 years, and she is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families. Tara is currently the Adoption and Clinical Program Director at CSS. She is trained in several evidence-based trauma treatment modalities, including EMDR, TF-CBT. Tara enjoys helping adoption and kinship families build on their strengths and increase their resiliency

Becca Pankow, CSW

Becca is a Certified Social Worker and has been with Children’s Service Society of Utah for over two years. She is well versed in issues related to trauma, attachment, and kinship care. She is dedicated to continually learning more about issues specific to the entire adoption constellation to support and empower those touched by adoption.

Chris Schulze, LCSW

Chris is an LCSW and has worked in mental health since 2017. He has extensive experience working with children living in kinship care and their caregivers. Additionally, he has worked with clients experiencing trauma, anxiety, addiction, depression, anger concerns, family conflict, PTSD, financial and job stress, personality disorders, self-harm and suicide. He is both personally and professionally passionate about wellness and helping people develop hope for their future.

Mindy Newsome, LCSW

Mindy has worked in the field of social work since 2004 serving children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Mindy graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2007 and a Master of Social Work in 2009 form the University of Utah’s College of Social Work. She is passionate about alleviating human suffering including trauma and its effects, especially within the environment and family system.


We are located at 655 East 4500 South, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT  84107

Our counseling space is quiet and private, and comfortable for clients of all ages.


For more information call 801-326-4391 or email