MEET OUR POST-ADOPTION & ACT SERVICES TEAM

POST-ADOPTION SUPERVISOR

kristen mallory

Kristen Mallory is a social worker who has focused her career on services to families and children and feels fortunate to have worked with many families as they explore the unique challenges and joys of building their family through adoption. She joins America World with over 15 years of adoption experience, working with families through the home study process, directly overseeing intercountry adoption programs and supporting prospective adoptive families during referral and travel, as well as in the post-adoption period.

Kristen has worked with families adopting internationally and domestically and expectant mothers, as well as working with adoption and other human service agencies through their accreditation process in support of best practices and positive outcomes for families and children.

She holds a BA in International Relations and an MS in Social Work and lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter.

POST-ADOPTION ASSOCIATE

amy curtis

Amy Curtis serves as the Corporate Post-Adoption Coordinator for America World. She has the opportunity to walk with families through the post-adoption phase of their journey by helping them to love and care for their children after they return home.

Amy attended Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Social Work. She has a background in adoption advocacy; formerly serving in crisis pregnancy centers and ministering to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

She enjoys leading worship in her local church, cooking, and spending time outside in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with her family. Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, Colin, and they live in Virginia with their daughter, Piper.

ACT COACHES

Leslie Knight, Oregon & Washington Director of Social ServicesLeslie 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.

Samantha Fuhrman, NY Director of Social ServicesSamantha Fuhrman is a Licensed Social Worker and currently serves as Home Study Coordinator for the New York office and a counselor with the ACT program. Samantha has been on the America World team since 2012. She is especially interested in coaching families who have children who are struggling with attachment and also leading support and educational groups for families. Samantha is the Program Director of a state-funded post-adoption program on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and four children, by birth and adoption.

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.

REFERRAL TRAINING SPECIALISTS:

Abby Konyndyk – It is an honor to work for a Christian agency, where you can come together in prayer and fellowship, and play a small role in bringing families together. I have come to appreciate how blessed I am to grow up in a Christian family, and am pleased to work for an organization that is allowing other children the same opportunity. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and have previously worked in foster care and disaster response.

Diane Hood – Hello from the Peach State! My name is Diane Hood and I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College and a Master’s degree from Florida State University. My husband and I became parents in 1993 when a beautiful woman named Mary chose us as the parents of her unborn son. We went on to have three children by birth: two more sons and a daughter.

Since 1995, I have been performing domestic and international home studies, working with women in crisis pregnancies, and advocating for orphans around the world. Adoption is a calling and a passion, and I seek to honor God in this ministry. He has adopted us as His children and I feel blessed that He gives me the opportunity to help children and parents come together in forever families.

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