Project Bond was born as two friends and colleagues shared frustrations about the lack of awareness and knowledge of the unique needs of adopted children and their families. While working in their homes and communities, we experienced first-hand the damaging effects of misinformation, misdiagnosis, and improper treatment; as well as the potential for success with an attachment-sensitive approach. We knew with the appropriate resources and support these children and their families could progress and succeed. We decided to make it our mission to help these families thrive.
Barbara R. DiGangi, Co-Founder and CEO, is a Licensed Master Social Worker and studied Social Work with a concentration in Advanced Social Policy at New York University. Barbara has over eight years of experience in programs that work intensively with children and families addressing a variety of issues from family dynamics and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), to Autism and depression. While working with adoptive families, she found herself helping families understand attachment and began seeing results in her clients through this approach. Barbara’s “why” for Project Bond is to ensure all people develop the capacity to have fulfilling and healthy relationships, and also to advance the tremendous, positive impact attachment can potentially have on societal issues.
Meredith Silversmith, Co-Founder, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and obtained her Master’s degree at Hofstra University. She has been providing services to families in their homes and communities since 2004. Meredith has worked with individuals as young as five through adulthood with a variety of mental health diagnoses and developmental disabilities. It became apparent that traditional strategies were ineffective or counterproductive. After educating herself and implementing the approaches of leaders in the field, Meredith began to see positive changes in her clients. Her belief in the lifelong impact of one’s early experiences on individuals and their relationships has driven her involvement in Project Bond. Meredith is currently the Clinical Director and co-founder of Nassau Wellness.
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