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Sharon Kaplan Roszia is an internationally known educator, presenter, and author who has devoted fifty years of her professional career to the institution of foster care and adoption. While working in public and private agencies as well as private practice venues, she has focused on crisis pregnancy; infertility; infant adoptions; placement of children from the foster care system, including sibling groups and teenagers, and search and reunion. The additional issues of international adoptions; trans-racial adoptions; gay and lesbian built families and traumatized children with attachment challenges have also become a specialty. In the last twenty five years, Sharon has also paved the way in the world of open adoptions; believing in preserving connections over time.


“Doesn’t everyone long for a wise sage who can safely hold the center of one’s sorrow? Sharon Roszia, advocate for the adopted, is that gifted listener, road warrior and trustworthy companion on the greatest of journeys – the re-discovery of self. Time invested with Sharon has left me breathing deeper, exhaling more fully, relaxing more completely into my life.”

Kathryn Shelley

Co-founder of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates

“Sharon Roszia is a ‘national living treasure’ to the field of adoption and foster care. Her work with families has spanned fifty years; she has touched the lives of 1000’s families and hundred’s of professionals. Sharon is an accomplished author, consultant and speaker on all issues related to both pre and post adoption and the Child Welfare system. She has enlightened communities both nationally and internationally. It is her work as a lecturer that elevates Sharon to a level of resplendency. The subject content about which Ms.Roszia speaks is often complicated and emotional, but Sharon’s authenticity and deep knowledge is very rare, and the clarity with which she shares facts, insight and experience is incomparable. I am honored and fortunate to be both a student of and colleague to this champion in her field.”

Ellyn M. Gold


“Sharon Roszia has been a tremendous influence on our family. Her wealth of knowledge of the adoption process is unmatched. We like to call her Sharon “Open Adoption” Roszia. Sharon helped form our family. She matched us with our first two children and was there for us when things got rough. Her sage advice gave us the tools to make our new family work successfully. We would not be the wonderful family we are today without her.”

Linda H.


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