Amanda Transue-Woolston, MSS, LSW

I am an author, speaker, and licensed social worker with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in social work. I currently work in the behavioral health field as a consultant and therapist to children and families and their surrounding systems and see clients in my private practice.

I have been writing about adoption for almost 6 years. I serve the adoption and foster care communities through individual and family clinical work, group work, writing and presenting, and working for positive policy change.

I have appeared as a commentator on Fox News, WITF radio, and NPR-member station–the Kojo Nnamdi Show. My writing and presentations have reached broad audiences through multiple books, magazines, major news and radio interviews, and conferences, and I have engaged with legislators at the state and congressional levels on adoption policy.

I am the founder of the internationally recognized collaborative writing project, Lost Daughters. I co-facilitate an adoption support group for anyone connected to adoption, and am a contributor to Social Work Helper. I am best known for my internationally recognized, award-winning adoption blog, The Declassified Adoptee.

By the close of 2015, my writing on adoption will have been published in ten books.  My writing and work focuses on the experience of being adopted, intersecting social justice issues, and adoption community-initiated grassroots movement toward positive change.  I am a Yahoo!Voices featured mom activist and is listed in the Top 20 Adoption blogs on the web by Adoptive Families Magazine.

I was awarded as the Outstanding Senior in Social Work for 2013 by the undergraduate social work department faculty at West Chester University and recognized by the College of Business and Public Affairs.  I received the “Outstanding Policy Practice Award” from faculty, and my senior research group was awarded the “Outstanding Research Paper Award” for our research on adoption.  I was also named in the 2012-13 Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, and graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate program.  In 2014, I graduated from the Advanced Standing program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research of Bryn Mawr College with a Master’s of Social Service, concentration in clinical social work.

I am a member of the PHI ALPHA National Social Work Honor Society, of the International Association of Social Work With Groups, and of the National Association of Social Workers.

I was adopted in 1986 through  private domestic infant adoption from a foster care program managed by the largest adoption agency in the U.S.  I have a brown belt in karate, enjoy photography, and lives with my husband of nine years and our two boys in our home in Pennsylvania.

“Pragmatic, powerful insights once again from Amanda H .L. Transue-Woolston. An adult adoptee, Amanda is going to rock the world of social work in the years ahead, and that will be a gift for all of us connected in adoption.”

–Maureen McCauley Evans, M.A. Former executive director of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, The Barker Foundation (interim), and Children’s Home Society and Family Services-East; adoption writer/activist at lightofdaystories.wordpress.com