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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.

Danielle Otchie, MSW, RSW - Clinical Coordinator

After working for five years as a frontline social worker in child protection, fostering and adoption, Danielle Otchie developed a passion for ensuring that every child has a family to grow up and grow old in. Danielle brings her local and international experience to the AdoptOntario team. She assists adoption workers in profiling children and youth on the AdoptOntario website and Databank, as well as advocates and communicates with families about children and the adoption process. Danielle's work is focused towards the ultimate goal of finding successful matches, in collaboration with the AdoptOntario team and the adoption workers across the province. Danielle cares very deeply about making the adoption process as smooth as possible for both children and families.

Amy Kennedy, BSW - Clinical Coordinator

Through her direct experiences in child welfare and children’s mental health prior to joining ACO, Amy Kennedy has acquired a deeper understanding for a child’s need for permanence and stability across the lifespan. These experiences have fueled her passion for finding permanent placements for waiting children in Ontario’s foster homes and group homes. As a Clinical Coordinator, she works collaboratively with the AdoptOntario team and child welfare workers to create profiles for waiting children, recruit prospective adoptive parents, identify potential matches and answer any adoption related queries, in hopes that these efforts will lead to adoption.