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Meet the AdoptOntario team

Meet the AdoptOntario team.

Staff

Pat Convery, RSW – Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO), Pat Convery plays a major role in providing AdoptOntario’s services and is the program’s Privacy Officer. Pat brings over 30 years of clinical experience in adoption, child welfare, assessment and mediation. She spent many years with Children’s Aid Societies, working as an adoption social worker and in adoption program development and coordination. Pat is committed to her belief that children and youth should never grow up in foster care. She believes that when children and youth are not able to return to their birth family, adoption is the best option for permanency and we must do everything we can to find a family for each child.

Mary Henry – AdoptOntario Program Manager

As Program Manager, Mary Henry plays a crucial role in the facilitation of AdoptOntario’s services. Mary brings her experience in science, education and technology to the adoption field, assisting in the development of new programs that will help bring adoption into a new technological era. While overseeing the AdoptOntario program, Mary also works with the software developers, Avocette, to enhance the AdoptOntario Professional Databank and public website. She ensures that the best practices are put to use on both these platforms, so as to protect the information of children, youth, families and workers. Mary believes that by using technology to assist in the adoption process, more children and youth will finally be able to find their forever homes.

Karisa Farinha, RSW – Senior Clinical Coordinator

As Senior Clinical Coordinator, Karisa Farinha brings over seven years of experience in social work – including two years of child protection experience in London, England – to the AdoptOntario team. Karisa prepares child profiles, as well as communicates with and advocates for families who are in the adoption process. She also collaborates with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in the biannual Adoption Resource Exchange, helping to ensure that the event runs smoothly. Karisa believes that every child and youth has a forever family and that it is just about finding the right one.

Lauren Glassman, LCSW, RSW - Clinical Coordinator

As a Clinical Coordinator, Lauren advocates for youth in foster care to assist in finding families who will support and love them for who they are. She also collaborates with adoption workers and families to provide support, education and information about youth waiting to be adopted. For six years, Lauren worked in New York City as a caseworker and supervisor in foster care, and she brings with her experience in understanding children in care. Lauren believes that by combining technology and clinical services, families will be provided with the tools and knowledge to better prepare themselves for their adoption journey.

Emily Dekker, RSW - Clinical Coordinator

As a Clinical Coordinator, Emily works with Children's Aid Society social workers and families to build connections that can lead to forever families for children and youth in care. Emily is a graduate from Ryerson University who has a variety of professional experience in the field of social work. She is always open to working with new groups of those in need! She has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, adults with developmental disabilities and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Emily believes that every child deserves a forever family, regardless of age.