Their Journey to Adoption with Maya and Don Mrla May 12 at 1:00pm ET

Maya Hivale was raised in the multi-cultural city of Toronto, Canada.  She is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY (B.Sc. Social Work), The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (Graduate Diploma Art Therapy) and Biola University, La Mirada, CA (M.A. Intercultural Studies). 

For over 15 years, Maya has served as a Children's Social Worker for Los Angeles County, Department of Children & Family Services.  Her current position is to find homes for children & high-risk youth at the Emergency Response Command Post.

Through her education and her work experiences she has gained an understanding of the powerful connection between cross-cultural counseling and art therapy. She believes that art is an innovative approach to foster openness and understanding and is gratified to find in the art world values that enlighten, refresh and educate children, families and the community as a whole. 

Maya passionately produces mixed-media works of art.  She loves to layer images and use discarded items that are considered trash and transform them into something new.  The family she was born into along with world-travels has given her an inheritance of images that she can use for a lifetime. 

"My art work grows out of my circumstances and concerns that I live through each day.  Using paint and objects from every day life, I explore and expand my thoughts and ideas.  I believe in using all available media and resources for the purpose of expression and healing."

Maya and her husband, Don Mrla, live in Whittier, California with their two creative children, Josiah and Jaiden


Tune in Monday, May 12th at 10:00 am PT

and listen in as Maya and Don Mrla share...

their journey through the adoption process

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