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Meet the AdoptOntario team

Meet the AdoptOntario team.

Staff

Dianne Mathes, RSW – Executive Director

Dianne Mathes was a therapist in private practice with a specialty in adoption. She has worked for the last 25 years in the area of adoption reunion, trauma counselling and attachment therapy, with counselling and retreat locations in Muskoka and Toronto.

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 & ARE 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.

Keisha Smith, BA - Administrative Assistant

As an AdoptOntario Administrative Assistant, Keisha brings over five years of administrative experience to the AdoptOntario program. Working in a variety of fields under the administrative umbrella, Keisha understands and endorses the need for excellence in the administrative process, i.e., confidentiality, customer service and professionalism. Her position specifically within the team is to support the Manager and Clinical Coordinators with all administrative tasks. Along with admin experience, Keisha comes to us as a graduate in the field of Disability Studies (2019), where she began exploring different ways to encourage and embrace accessibility and inclusion. Keisha is excited to help build the AdoptOntario program by ensuring timely responses to inquiries, providing up-to-date information and monitoring our multiple systems.