What We Do:
- Transfiguring Adoption develops media, resources, and tools that nurture growth in foster and adoptive children – strategically we focus on resourcing foster and adoptive parents.
Meet the Transfiguring Adoption Crew
Margie Fink: Executive Director email@example.com Margie received her degree in psychology and has worked in various social work capacities. Due to her expertise and knowledge, Margie has been chosen in the past to speak on Capitol Hill about the Refundable Adoption Tax Credit. She is a witty foster/adoptive mom who is able to give kids from hard places loving structure while providing unbelievable homemade cooking. Margie co-founded Community Kids, a resource and networking 501(c)3 created to assist foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver families. Check Out: Wise Thoughts From A Foster-Adoptive Mom
Betsy Crockett: Blog Director firstname.lastname@example.org Betsy was born, adopted, and raised in central Illinois, and has lived there her entire life. She is married to a very fantastic, understanding man named Lucas, and is a mother to her dream children: Eli, and Cailyn. Her household includes two dogs, Cleo the papillon, and Jelly the pug, a bearded dragon named "The Doctor", a frog named Lazarus (who came back from the dead), and a fish. When she isn't managing her "family zoo", Betsy volunteers with her church, and with Boy Scouts, and is an adoption advocate. Check out: Confessions of a Loyal Adoptee
Megan Sooter: Book Critic Megan graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education in 2011. She is married to Ben and has two beautiful children (one through foster/adoption and one homegrown). After fostering, Megan was a foster parent trainer for two years. She has a heart for pregnant/parenting teens in foster care, as well as helping encourage and empower foster and adoptive families. She also enjoys advocating for children diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Megan is an avid reader and loves learning. When not curled up on the couch with a good book, she can be found living the whirlwind life of a mom with two small children.
Lauren Blevins: Content Manager & Office Assistant email@example.com
Lauren's bio is coming shortly. She is responsible for keeping all of our lists, tables and articles updated, looking nice and keeping them relevant for all of you great people.
Volunteer StaffRachael Rathe: National Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Rachael received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Studies from University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2013 & has since worked in various roles in the mental health and social work fields. Rachael currently works in foster care & adoption assistance roles and enjoys volunteering with Transfiguring Adoption with her husband & daughter in her free time. She is a loud & proud geek that would gladly go to Hogwarts with her cats, Fergus and Tabitha, if given the chance.
Andrea Lepinske: Fostering The Village, Program Co-FacilitatorAndrea was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois and has a degree in early childhood education. She has been a foster parent since January 2007 and has adopted her three children,Angel, Selena and Ginny, through the foster care system. She is anticipating the adoption of her fourth child, Tyler in November, 2018. Andrea has worked extensively with biological parents over the years and brings a wealth of expertise to the Fostering the Village support group meetings.
Laura Chromzack: Fostering The Village, Program Co-Facilitator
Laura and her husband Will have been fostering for over 8 years. Besides their 2 biological daughters and 2 adopted children, their household has seen scads of foster children. Laura's experiences have made her an excellent resource for parents to turn to about the foster care system.