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deanDean Kirschner, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Dr. Dean Kirschner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with degrees in Psychology and Social Work.

An adoptive parent himself

Dr. Dean has worked in adoption since 1994 when he became the father of two adopted children. Over the years, he has been working with birth parents and adoptive parents, providing support and guidance as they explore and travel through their adoption journey.

Uniquely qualified

Dr. Dean has been a mental health clinician since 1991 when he first became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has held certification through the National Board of Certified Counselors and now through the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners. Through the years of work as a mental health clinician and an adoption counselor, Dr. Dean has developed a compassionate sense of the needs of the birth parent and the adoptive parent that has been keenly sensitized, not only through his professional involvement in adoption, but as well through his personal adoption experience.

Educating other professionals

Dr. Dean has presented at numerous conferences on adoption and has held many professional seminars to help nurses, doctors and social workers understand the creation of an adoption plan. Having performed hundreds of adoption home studies, Dr. Dean has developed a positive perspective of screening families into the adoption process, providing prospective adoptive families with an informed foundation upon which an adoption plan can be created.

Phone: 410-683-2100

Adoption Makes Family is for the adoptive family as well, providing adoption services to a family choosing to embark on their own adoption journey. Adoption Makes Family is located just north of Baltimore, Maryland, serving birth parents throughout the state and adoptive families across the country.
10635 York Road
Adoption Makes Family was founded to meet the needs of birth parents and adoptive parents in a manner that is sensitive, compassionate, and personal. We are a non-profit (501-C3), licensed adoption agency based in Maryland. Our highly trained staff is prepared to meet the needs of birth parents and adoptive parents, as well as children in need of a loving home.
10635 York Road