Teresa (Tesi) Kohlenberg

Teresa (Tesi) Kohlenberg is a mother of a son by birth and a daughter by international adoption. After a decade of practice as a developmental pediatrician working with teenage mothers and families in urban poverty, Dr. Kohlenberg followed her long-standing interest in attachment and trauma, re-trained as a child psychiatrist, and helped to found a parent-infant mental health program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her growing concerns about the ethics of international adoption led her to work with a group of adoptive parents to found the Guatemala Adoptive Families Network which promotes ethical practices in Guatemalan adoption. Dr. Kohlenberg contributed to the EMK Press volume, Adoption Parenting: Creating A Toolbox, Building Connections, and has spoken widely on issues in Guatemalan adoption and on 7 Things Parents Who Adopted Internationally Wish Their Agencies Had Told Them.