Krista Woods

Krista Woods, M.S.W, LCSW, (formerly McCoy) is the primary therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is well-known and respected in the field of foster care, adoption and mental health. She continues to publish articles on issues relating to adoption and foster care; and provides training across the US and abroad to prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals and birth parents. She is often called up as a subject matter expert on adoption-related issues.

Conference Presenter/Trainer

Krista has been conference presenter/trainer on issues of foster care and adoption since 1994 and has been an invited live presenter on the Roland Martin TVONE morning news show and was also invited to speak at the Chicago Bar Association for the Adoption Law Committee. She has also been a repeat guest speaker for Mental Health America of Illinois and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on issues of adoption, mental health, ethics and cultural competency. She continues to travel the Chicagoland area and across the US speaking at various workshops, symposiums, and conferences. She has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, guest speaker twice on WVON-AM radio, Cliff Kelley show, and appeared on local access cable programs and continues to be called on as a subject matter expert in various areas of mental health, crisis intervention, foster care/adoption and clinical interventions.


Krista has worked as a subject matter expert in mental health and care coordination/case management for managed care organization, therapist, coach, trainer and in administration and management for social service agencies, hospitals, and at a for-profit long-term care facility working with clients who have severe mental illness.


She holds a BA degree in Sociology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Specialty topics of training and therapy include a variety of adoption issues:transracial adoption, foster care/foster to adoption, openness in adoption, search and reunions, adoption through the lifespan, kinship care as well as the affects grief and loss on all members of the adoption triad.

She also has a personal connection with adoption. She is a biracial (African-American/Caucasian), transracial adoptee. She was briefly placed in foster care at birth and then adopted through the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She has met several members of her birth family and continues to make new connections. She also has several other family members who joined their family by adoption.

In addition to adoption, Krista also has extensive clinical experience in the field of foster care, child abuse, mental health, substance abuse/addiction; as well as child, adult and family therapy. She also writes articles nationally for about adoption and has a published article in Fostering Families Today magazine and Adoption Today magazine

She served 2 terms on the Illinois Adoption Advisory Council and served from 1993-2000 on the Board of Directors of Bethany, a social service agency and has served on the American Adoption Congress Board of Directors.