About Me

I am a social worker, author, and speaker. I have a BSW in social work, and am a candidate for a master's in clinical social work. I have served the adoption and foster care community through individual and family clinical work, group work, writing and presenting, and working for positive policy change. My writing and presentations have reached broad audiences through multiple books, magazines, journal articles, radio interviews, and conferences, and I have engaged with legislators at the state and congressional levels on adoption policy.

I am a board member of the Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative and also founded Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights and Lost Daughters. I co-facilitate an adoption support group for anyone connected to adoption, and I am a quarterly contributor to Gazillion Voices Magazine.  I am perhaps best known for her internationally recognized, award-winning adoption blog, The Declassified Adoptee.

By the close of 2015, my writing on adoption will have been published in eight books.  My writing and work focuses on the experience of being adopted, intersecting social justice issues, and adoption community centric/initiated movement toward positive change.  I am a Yahoo!Voices featured mom activist and I am listed in the Top 20 Adoption blogs on the web by Adoptive Families Magazine.

I was awarded as the Outstanding Senior in Social Work for 2013 by the undergraduate social work department faculty at West Chester University and recognized by the College of Business and Public Affairs.  I received the "Outstanding Policy Practice Award" from faculty, and my senior research group was awarded the "Outstanding Research Paper Award" for our research on adoption.  I was also named in the 2012-13 Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, and graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate program.

I am a certified LGBTQA ally.  I am a member of the PHI ALPHA National Social Work Honor Society, of the International Association of Social Work With Groups, of the National Association of Social Workers, and of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.  I currently sit on the Emerging Leaders Committee for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Work (NASW-PA).

I was born and surrendered to adoption in 1985.  After a brief stay in foster care, I was placed with my adoptive parents and legally adopted in 1986 through the largest private adoption agency in the United States.  I became "declassified" when I unsealed my original birth certificate and adoption file in 2009.  I reunited with my original mother and other members of my original families in 2010.  I have two grandparents who were also adopted as young children and multiple other adoption connections through my families by birth, marriage, and adoption.

I cross-train in kickboxing and three different martial arts, have a brown belt in karate, enjoy photography, and live with my husband of seven years and our two children in our home in Pennsylvania.

"Pragmatic, powerful insights once again from Amanda H .L. Transue-Woolston. An adult adoptee, Amanda is going to rock the world of social work in the years ahead, and that will be a gift for all of us connected in adoption."

--Maureen McCauley Evans, M.A. Former executive director of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, The Barker Foundation (interim), and Children’s Home Society and Family Services-East; adoption writer/activist at lightofdaystories.wordpress.com.
For and expanded information on my work and background, please visit my website.