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 margie@transfiguringadoption.com Margie-Transfiguring-Adoption-foster-momMargie 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

Darren Fink: Program Director of Transfiguring Adoption darren@transfiguringadoption.com Darren-Transfiguring-adoption-foster-dadDarren received his bachelors degree in visual fine arts. Since university, he has worked varying graphic design and social media management positions. He's an imaginative foster/adoptive parent that can get children to go to bed by inventing a detailed story about small, friendly creatures living throughout the house that only come out at night. Darren helped co-found Community Kids, a resource and networking 501(c)3 created to assist foster/adoptive families.

Betsy Crockett: Blog Director betsy@transfiguringadoption.com Betsy-CrockettBetsy 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 lauren@transfiguringadoption.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.

Julie Gillen: Program Director compassionclosetknox@gmail.com Julie graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Mathematics.  She and her husband Rob have 4 adopted children.  After adopting their two youngest from foster care, they wanted to do something to continue to support foster children and families.  While attending an adoption conference in 2013, the idea of a clothing closet for foster families was mentioned in one of the sessions they attended.  They immediately decided that that was where God would have them serve, and the Compassion Closet was born.  The closet has now been providing clothing and baby gear to foster, adoptive, kinship and bio families in East TN for almost 5 years.

Volunteer Staff

Rachael Rathe: National Volunteer Coordinator rachael@transfiguringadoption.com Rachael-Rathe-transfiguring-adoptionRachael 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-Facilitator

andrea-lepinske-fostering-village Andrea 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-chromzackLaura 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.

Check Out: [Foster Care & Adoption Support of Southern Illinois Facebook Group]

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