Dr. David and Jayne Schooler began their journey into the world of foster care and adoption in 1978, with a simple question presented by a youth in their church. “Would you become my foster parents?” he asked. They answered “yes,” and began a new path in working with children and youth. Later, in 1983, the couple fostered and later adopted their son Ray at age 16. Their birth daughter, Kristy, is also an adoption advocate.
David has served in the pastoral and counseling ministry for over 40 years. He served as a senior pastor in churches in both Missouri and Ohio and currently serves as counselor and pastoral care for Back2Back Ministries in Mason, Ohio. Much of his current focus is on working with adults who have a lifetime impact of early childhood trauma. Both David and Jayne are recognized nationally and internationally as speakers/trainers in the field of trauma, adoption and foster care. David holds a Th.D. in pastoral counseling.
Jayne is a national and international trainer in the field of trauma, adoption and foster care. She serves in a full-time capacity as Child Development Specialist with Back2Back. She has been a featured speaker at numerous state, national and international conferences and trains periodically for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. She has been the recipient of a number of state and national awards for her work. Jayne is the author/co-author of eight books in field of child welfare including: Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents and Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past. .
The Schooler’s international work with Back2Back takes them regularly to a number of countries including, Haiti, Nigeria, Mexico and India. They have also recently worked in trained in Korea, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Armenian, Russia and Poland. Recently, two of her books have been translated into Russian and Polish. She holds a Master’s Degree in Life Issues Counseling.