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Local Organization Provides Critical Funds for Orinda Public Schools

An experienced clinical psychologist, Donald Crowe, PhD, has been in practice in Orinda, California, since 1975. Outside of his professional pursuits, Don Crowe, PhD, supports his community through such nonprofit organizations as the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO).

Composed of parents and community members like Don Crowe, PhD, the EFO works to provide financial support for educational and enrichment programs in Orinda public schools. The EFO was established in 1979 and partners with Orinda Union School District and Miramonte High School in its efforts to supplement state funding for the purpose of keeping Orinda schools nationally competitive.

Today, the EFO provides financial support that directly affects students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. In fact, EFO funds are currently covering 100 percent of all visual and performing arts programs at Miramonte High School. For the 2013-2014 school year alone, the EFO has committed $500,000 to Miramonte, which will be used to fund additional courses in English, as well as jazz band, mixed chorus, and digital photography. The EFO also supports a number of student programs and electives at Miramonte, including library and college counseling.


Don Crowe and the SPLC – Teaching and Promoting Tolerance

Don Crowe, PhD., has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist since 1981. For over 30 years, Don Crowe, PhD. has been providing humanistic psychotherapy to families and individuals. When he’s not working Donald Crowe enjoys being charitably active and donates to organizations that help communities around the world. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is one of these organizations. The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 by two civil rights lawyers. The nonprofit organization strives to fight hate and protect those members of society who are the most vulnerable. Through the SPLC’s international exposing and tracking of hate group activities they have been able to help promote tolerance.

In order to achieve its goals, the SPLC offers free resources to students that teach against hatred and bigotry. Currently, the Southern Poverty Law Center is focused on LGBT rights, justice for immigrants and children at risk, and teaching children and young adults about tolerance. Through donations and support from around the country, the SPLC has been able to remain financially secure and continue to promote tolerance around the nation.

Don Crowe, PHD, on the Basics of International Adoptions

Psychologist Donald Crowe operates a private clinical practice in Orinda, California, where he serves the psychotherapy needs of individuals, families, and couples. In 2006, Don Crowe, PHD, and his wife adopted a baby girl from Guatemala through the California-based nonprofit Heartsent Adoptions.

Pre-adoptive parents seek international adoption for a variety of reasons. One benefit of international adoption is that it is generally a more structured and predictable process than domestic adoption. Additionally, there is a very low risk of birth parents contesting the adoption.

Once the decision to adopt internationally has been made, the complex and lengthy adoption process begins. Americans are eligible to adopt children from more than 50 countries throughout Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa, but not from Australia, Western Europe, or Canada. In most cases, the birth parents are a nonfactor in the adoption because of illness, death, or family problems.

Popular countries for adoption include China, Russia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. Each country enforces different policies and procedures, and availability can change without notice because of political instability. American families adopt about 20,000 international children each year.

Psychological Treatment of Veterans Opens Doors for First Responders

Donald “Don” Crowe, PhD, is a psychologist based in Orinda, California, with over 25 years in providing services to police and firefighters, specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse as well as depression. Since Sept. 11, 2001 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attitudes about the treatment of psychological trauma have changed, with more first responders seeking mental health counseling.

Following the Vietnam War, psychological trauma became a widely known problem because of its propensity to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. The promotion of psychological treatment for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has increased, also causing both civilians and first responders to seek treatment more openly. Now, first responders, who may have been hesitant to pursue psychological treatment and instead turned to alcohol or drug use, are more willing to talk about their trauma.

In his private practice, Don Crowe, PhD, has treated patients who, once the immediate and short-term effects of trauma have faded, are left with severe anxiety, flashbacks, and difficulty socializing. With a support system built from family, friends, and community, psychological treatment is often the last critical step for first responder on the road to full recovery.

The Adoption Odyssey of Nancy and Donald Crowe (Part Two)

In the first part of this article, psychologist Don Crowe, PHD, and his wife Nancy had been unable to conceive and unable to locate a good fit for adoption in China. Their decision to adopt overseas reflected a broader demographic trend. The number of Americans adopting internationally increased from 7,000 in 1990 to 23,000 by 2004. After finding no help in China, the Crowes looked to Guatemala, and were able to complete the adoption of their daughter, Rose Marie, within a year. The youngest of four children, Rose Marie’s mother was a woman living destitute on the street.

From the start, Don and Nancy did their utmost to make their new daughter feel well-loved. A particularly meaningful part of the adoption process for the couple was creating a hardbound book that told the story, in pictures and words, of Rose Marie’s adoption. Don Crowe, PHD, and his wife emphasize the lengthy nature of their search for Rose Marie and compare finding their adopted daughter to discovering treasure at the end of a rainbow.

International Adoptions in the 21st Century

Over the past decade, many Americans have adopted children from overseas. Recent statistics revealed that while only 7,000 children were adopted from outside of the United States in 1990, that number more than tripled by 2004. The report named China, Eastern Europe, and Guatemala as the three most popular regions where Americans adopted children.

A few reasons account for this change. Many career-minded people decide to have babies later in life and learn about infertility-related medical obstacles that make this process difficult or impossible. Additionally, parents who adopt from other countries are less likely to contend with birth parents seeking to reclaim a child. The celebrity factor played another important role as notables such as Angelina Jolie brought awareness to international adoption. Some credit China for opening its borders and allowing foreigners to adopt its thousands of baby girls in orphanages.

One couple that benefited from foreign adoption was Don Crowe, PhD, and his wife. A licensed clinical psychologist for more than three decades, Don Crowe, PhD, and his wife adopted Rose Marie Summer Crowe from Guatemala when she was four months old. In 2006, Diablo Magazine wrote about the Crowes in an article entitled “Love Without Borders.”

Getting Involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center By Don Crowe, Ph.D.

Dedicated to fighting against racial and social injustice, the Southern Poverty Law Center works to defend the most vulnerable members of American society. To support programs that help fight hate and extremism and for equality and dignity for all, the Southern Poverty Law Center relies on outside support.

Donations help promote and support educational programs at schools that fight hate and promote tolerance. Along with one-time contributions, individuals may elect to make monthly donations. There area also options to make donations in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, or other loved one.

The Southern Poverty Law Center also provides ways to give through corporate programs and estate planning, or through the purchase of merchandise at the center’s online store. In addition to monetary contributions, the center has resources that offer ways to enact change in one’s community. Visit to learn more.

A licensed clinical psychology based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Don Crowe, Ph.D., who works with clients on kindness, gratitude, and forgiveness, is a regular supporter to the SPLC.