Barbara Robertson, LMSW, is an Ohio-born, New York Adoptee. She always knew that she was adopted. However, she was raised during the “closed records” era, when identifying biological information was lawfully inaccessible to her. 

Her life changed when she received a copy of her Original Birth Certificate (OBC) after updated Ohio legislation took effect in March 2015. Since then, she has been able to discover her origins and establish contact with both sides of her family. 

Barbara is a strong advocate for adoptee rights, devoting her time providing online education and support to all members of the adoption constellation worldwide. 

To this end, Barbara currently serves as a Co-Facilitator for Adoption Network Cleveland’s (ANC) monthly Virtual Webcam General Discussion Meeting. She serves as a Board Member of the National Association of Adoptees & Parents (NAAP), a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Marcie Keithley and Jennifer Fahlsing in 2021. 

Barbara has also written a piece for the Dear Adoption blog and is a contributing author to the book, Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space, edited by Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW; Diane Rene Christian; & Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, PHD. 

Barbara is a New York based Social Worker who provides trauma aware general therapy as part of a private practice. Her lived experience growing up as an adoptee combined with graduating from the accredited Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) through the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) allows Barbara to help others navigate through complex journeys towards effective healing.