Carolyn Berger, LCSW, has been helping couples and individuals create families through fertility treatment
and adoption for over two decades. She supports family building for couples, singles, and members of the
Her desire to help people struggling to build families comes from her own experience with infertility.
She is the parent of two sons, the first through reproductive technology and the second through adoption.
She is equally knowledgeable about both methods of creating families.
Carolyn works closely with many fertility doctors, complementary medicine specialists, adoption agencies,
adoption attorneys and patient organizations. She draws from her network to help clients choose the medical
and adoption professionals best-suited to them. She helps them develop an initial family building plan, then
supports and coaches them through the process. Her approach is compassionate, honest and accepting.
Carolyn believes that a successful family building journey continues long after a baby comes home. People often need help transitioning to parenthood. And, many benefit from coaching later on so they can talk to their children about their beginnings—especially when they have come into their family via third-party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, surrogacy) or adoption.
Carolyn is Founding Board Chair of The American Fertility Association. She is Chair of The AFA Adoption Advisory Council and a professional member of The AFA’s Mental Health Group. She is an active member of
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group.
Carolyn received her MSW from NYU in 1986. She received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Adoption Therapy from The Hunter College School of Social Work in 2008. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, The National Association of Social Workers, The NY State Society of Clinical Social Workers, and
The Adoptive Parents Committee. She writes and speaks extensively on fertility, adoption, and blended families.
Carolyn Berger, LCSW