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With over a decade of experience designing, developing, and delivering practice-focused education for professionals and families, providing program evaluation services for child and family service organizations, and creating unique medical education, we are committed to informing policy and practice grounded in the latest evidence-based knowledge that will effectively support and serve children and families, vital societal assets.
By working directly with professionals who interact with children, youth, and families — who have experienced adversity and are at-risk for poor outcomes — we offer practice-based solutions that highlight critical components of permanency and healthy development, and identify strategies to foster those for effective outcomes. We want both professionals and families to be equipped with knowledge and approaches to support children and youth’s permanency and healthy lives.
We achieve this through the following methods:
- Providing education and training programs for policy makers, professionals, communities, and families
- Providing comprehensive program evaluation services to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of child- and family-serving programs
- Offering solutions grounded in evidence-based best and promising practices
- Accessing the expertise and skills of our talented associates with a wide breadth of experience, who are dedicated to inspiring and supporting professionals who work with children, youth, and families of all kinds (e.g., foster, adoptive, same-sex households)
Our services are customized for every client. Please send us a message about your service needs and we will contact you with more information.
Martha Henry, Ph.D., is the founder and president of MJ Henry & Associates, Inc. and the Education Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York. Dr. Henry received her master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Dr. Henry has published numerous papers, been quoted in several media print sources, and has appeared on local and national television and radio programs. She is also the lead author of Adoption in the United States: A reference for families, professionals and students, a comprehensive resource with a special focus on the medical and behavioral health needs of children who were adopted. Prior to her recent positions, Dr. Henry served as Director of the Office of Foster Care and Adoption (originally the Center for Adoption Research) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she led a team of multidisciplinary professionals in administering educational programs and consultation services. She also spearheaded the CANS certification in Massachusetts, training and certifying over 10,000 professionals and creating additional CANS in Practice supports.
Dr. Henry has multiple direct personal connections to adoption that influence her thinking and sensitize her to its complexity and the innumerable experiences of the various members of the adoption constellation. She strives to offer programs and services aimed at translating research evidence into practical solutions for practice and for informing policy related to children, youth, and families. With over 20 years of experience working with and studying children and families, she is passionate about impacting practice and policy to improve the lives of all children and families.
Martha J. Henry, PhD
Michael J. McManus, LICSW
Michael J. McManus, M.S.W., LICSW, is a Senior Associate at MJ Henry and Associates, Inc. Mr. McManus received his master's degree in social work from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Prior to joining MJ Henry & Associates, he was the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Office of Foster Care and Adoption, where he lead the team responsible for the re-design of the Massachusetts foster parent preparation program. In addition, Mr. McManus collaborated in the CANS certification in Massachusetts, training and certifying over 10,000 people and aiding in the creation of additional CANS in Practice supports. He has also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) at multiple levels.
Mr. McManus' background in social work and his experience as a foster and adoptive parent inform his work in developing adoption and foster care curricula and trainings for families and professionals in a variety of fields. Mr. McManus is also an adjunct faculty in the Sociology and Psychology departments at Becker College, as well as a seasoned clinician specializing in adolescent issues, family work, and GLBTQ issues. He owns and runs his own private practice in Southbridge, MA, serving children, youth, and families impacted by trauma and loss.
2.5% of children in
the United States
joined their families through adoption (ChildStats.gov).
According to data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, widespread reforms have resulted in a 20% drop in the number of children in foster care in the
There are over 200 families currently waiting to adopt an infant with Down syndrome.
Children, after all, are not just adults-in-the-making.
They are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously.
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Jennifer Foulkes Coakley, PhD
Jennifer Foulkes Coakley, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate with MJ Henry & Associates, Inc. Dr. Coakley received her doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, and her master's degree in social work from California State University at Fresno. Dr. Coakley worked as a Research Associate for the Center for Adoption Research (later named Office of Foster Care and Adoption) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she led the evaluation of a federally funded training program that focused on permanency for adolescents within the child welfare system. While at U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Coakley led a study on adoption stability at the Center for Social Services Research and participated in research related to the implementation of concurrent planning services in California.
In addition to research and evaluation experience, Dr. Coakley has 10 years of direct practice experience as a public child welfare social worker. While she has worked in all facets of the child protective continuum, the majority of her direct practice career was focused in the area of adoption from foster care. This combination of direct practice experience and research expertise allows Dr. Coakley to have a comprehensive understanding of child welfare issues and the challenges faced by those working in the field.
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Cassandra L. Perry, MS
Cassandra Perry, M.S., is an Associate with MJ Henry & Associates, Inc. Ms. Perry received her master’s degree in genetic counseling from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She was the first to recognize the deficiency of adoption education for genetic counselors and, consequently, has worked to increase adoption awareness among health professionals for over a decade. Her work is founded in the belief that patients must have adequate and accurate information about all of their options in order to make a truly informed decision.
Ms. Perry has published two articles on adoption of children with disabilities and the need for increased adoption awareness among health professionals. She has also been invited to speak at various national and regional conferences across the country, including the 2009 NSGC Annual Education Conference. In addition, she has synthesized the current practices in health care provision for children in foster care in order to identify potential areas of education and has collaborated in the revision of the pre-service training curriculum for foster and adoptive parents throughout Massachusetts.