who we are | what we do | why we do it

Our Mission

To translate adoption and child development research into engaging online coursework that helps build healthy, connected adoptive families.


Who We Are

Heart of the Matter Education was founded in 1998 by two adoptive mothers, Julie Drew and Katie Prigel Sharp, an educator and a social worker who share a passion for parenting that makes sense given the science and research of child development.


What We Do

Heart of the Matter Education provides online coursework for adoptive parents and the professionals that serve them.

Why We Do It

Heart of the Matter Education firmly believes that dispensing information from experts in the field is not enough. True education happens when participants understand the research and can apply practical tools to everyday parenting.