Expert Viewpoints: Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC


Kathy has been affiliated with Adoption STAR for over a decade. As the Director of Adoption, she has overall responsibility for the management and administration of the agency’s adoption programs. This includes, but is not limited to: pre and post domestic and international adoption programs, adoptive family recruitment, assessment, training and case management. This position provides direct supervision to all employees related to the adoption programs including in multiple sub-office sites. Additionally, Kathy oversees the monitoring for quality and ensuring stability of adoptive placements.

Kathy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with adoption related issues in her private practice as well as providing general counseling services to children, adults and families. Kathy has provided mental health services to individuals who are struggling with HIV/AIDS since the early 1990’s. She also has experience in working with clients who have issues related to infertility and grief and loss.

Adoption has always been near and dear to Kathy’s heart both from a personal and professional perspective. Kathy is the adoptive mother to four children from China. As a mother to internationally adopted children it has been a goal to help her children retain their heritage and to foster a strong sense of pride in their culture of origin.