Rachel Copeland, LCSW and RPT-S, is a doctoral candidate at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Under the guidance of her mentor and dissertation chair Dr. Liliana Goldín, Rachel’s dissertation research focuses on eliciting qualitative life histories from poor mothers in Costa Rica who had an unintended pregnancy in adolescence. This research is set against the backdrop of intercountry adoption, where children from the developing world are adopted by families in wealthy countries. Her dissertation will contrast the experiences of birth mothers in Costa Rica with adoptive mothers in the United States in order to provide a fuller context of key players in intercountry adoption. In addition to over a decade of work as a clinical social worker, she spent four years as a forensic interviewer at a child advocacy center, she has testified as an expert witness in numerous criminal proceedings and child custody cases, and she has led agency-based trainings in play therapy techniques. Rachel is a teaching assistant for the MSW Costa Rica Study abroad program and teaches clinical practice classes in the MSW Program. After graduation, she hopes to continue researching in the area of international social work.