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Meet Our Founders

  Susan Baron, LCSW                                                                                                        Risa Werner, LCSW

We both earned Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.  Collectively we have more than 40 years of experience in the field of adoption.  Our professional affiliations include The National Association of Social Workers, The Connecticut Council on Adoption and The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Susan noted, “Prior to the formation of TBA, I worked with families adopting domestically and internationally.  I developed adoption programs and presented at numerous adoption seminars.  My focus is working with individuals and families as they cope with the challenges of adoption.”

Risa stated, “I am a bio-adoptive parent.  My knowledge about infertility and adoption and my life experience enhance my ability to connect with our clients in a unique and powerful way.  My focus is on program development and community outreach.”

Both Risa and Susan share a passion for group work and co-facilitate many of the groups.


Strengthening the well-being of families formed through adoption.