Carole LieberWilkins, Marriage and Family Therapist
“I am passionate about helping people build healthy families. I know first-hand that genes don’t make a family, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important.”
For thirty years, Carole LieberWilkins has been helping clients resolve issues of loss and grief and to find the exact right path to parenthood. It started with her own diagnosis of very early ovarian failure at the age of 30 and subsequently becoming a mom by adoption first. In a time when things were done so differently, Carole became one of the first people in the world to have a child through what became known as egg donation. This launched her family, her life’s work, and her passion. She has often said that her sons, now adults, have taught her much of what she knows about talking to kids about non-genetic families.
Carole became a licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist in 1984 and has been helping people along this sometimes very difficult road since then. She said, “It is such a privilege! It is often painful, often joyous, always gratifying work. To be witness to the journey of deciding how to become a family, and how to select all the people who will help you do that is my great pleasure.”
Throughout her career, she has had the honor of participating in many organizations and conferences. In 1987, Carole helped co-found the original Resolve of Greater Los Angeles, now a part of Resolve--Southwest Region, continuing to serve as its Education Director for 15 years. She is currently the Mental Health Director of Parents via Egg Donation and SEEDS, the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Through her advisory role withSEEDS, she co-wrote the guidelines outlining the appropriate protocol for the psychological evaluations of donors and surrogates.
Carole has been a Keynote Speaker at consumer conferences like Resolve as well as professional conferences presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Organon Nurses’ Conference, Charleston Egg Donation, StartART, and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She is most often asked to speak and write about the issues of information sharing in families created through egg donation. In other words, she said, “I love to teach parents the joy of talking to their kids about how the family was created!” Many of her articles are available on the internet and distributed at clinics around the country. As PVED’s Marna Gatlin says of Carole: “She takes the scary out of talking to your kids!”
Carole is now licensed in California and Idaho and can be reached at:
1460 Westwood Blvd., Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 470-9049