Meet Our Team

ACT Consultant



Dr. Karen Hutcheson, ACT Consultant

Dr. Karen Hutcheson is a trauma-informed Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® practitioner, professionally trained in Theraplay® and EMDR, and specializes in the assessment and treatment of kids from "hard places." Her work focuses on helping children and adolescents from foster care, international adoption, domestic adoption, as well as their forever families.  Dr. Karen has served as a missionary in Uganda and is an adoptive mother and an orphan care advocate. She speaks regularly at national adoption conferences and provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally. 


ACT Coaches

Amber Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling psychology, and is a trained as a TBRI© practitioner. She currently serves as a Clinical Supervisor with America World Adoption and has over 12 years of experience in international adoption, including being an adoptive mother herself. She is especially interested in helping families and their children work through grief  and identity issues as well as teaching parents skills in connecting with, correcting, and empowering their children.


Leslie Knight has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World's Washington and Oregon offices. She has several years of experience working with state adoption and foster care services as well as serving as the director of a domestic adoption agency. As a personal foster parent graduate of the TBRI-based© HALO project, Leslie brings a unique and in-depth perspective to helping children and families.



Ashly Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master's degree in counseling. She has been working in the adoption field since 2005 and is currently also providing mental health counseling. She has worked as a birth mom social worker, domestic adoption agency director, and domestic and international home study and post-adoption service provider. She is especially interested in helping teens and their families cope with adjustment, relational,  and behavioral issues, as well as prepare for independent living.


Samantha Fuhrman has a Master of Social Work degree and currently serves as the Director of Social Services for America World’s New York office and Home Study Coordinator for the New Jersey office. Samantha has been working in the adoption field since 2012 and before that worked as a child and family therapist. She is a mother of three children, and her family is in the process of adopting their fourth child.  She is especially interested in coaching families who have children who are struggling with attachment, and also leading support and educational groups for families.



For coaching and consultation related to developmental delays, sensory needs, and related issues:

Dr. Angie Lynch Fannon has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and has been practicing for over 15 years. She has worked in schools, clinics, homes, as well as overseas orphanages, group homes and centers for adults with disabilities. Her specialties include working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism, and those adopted from international orphanages.




Important Note:  This is not a crisis intervention service.  If you have an emergency, please contact 911.