ADOPTION-LINK STAFF
Noreen Davidson, Executive Director (MSW, LCSW)
Noreen Davidson is a licensed clinical social worker. Her background has been varied: she was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for many years. Noreen devoted her last years of teaching to pre-school handicapped children and their parents. She then earned a master's degree in social work, choosing to work in the employee assistance field for 10 years. During this time she also worked in a hospital setting providing pastoral care and focusing on the dying process. Noreen has biological twins and has adopted two African-American brothers who led her to the wonderful world of adoption.
Stephanie Francois, International Supervisor, Haiti Coordinator (MSW, LCSW)
Stephanie has been employed part-time with Adoption-Link since October 2007. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2001, and then obtained her Master’s in Social Work in 2007 from the University of Michigan. Stephanie spent one year living and working in an orphanage in Honduras and has a passion for international child welfare service. She has four years experience working in domestic and international adoption and has provided direct service to adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees. Stephanie enjoys living in Chicago and taking advantage of all the activities the city has to offer.
Elizabeth Forte, Domestic Social Worker and Licensing Supervisor (MSW, LCSW)
Elizabeth Forte has been employed part-time with Adoption-Link since 1996 as a home study worker and supervisor for the domestic home study program. She is the domestic home studies and licensing coordinator for D.C.F.S. foster family home care licenses. Elizabeth has had over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings which has included in-patient psychiatry, medical and rehabilitation hospitals, homeless shelters and community counseling centers. In addition to working for Adoption-Link, she has been employed with a local Chicago rehabilitation hospital for 17 years. Elizabeth received her Masters in Social Work from UIC. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Oak Park.
Erin Collin, Director of Operations(BA)
Erin has been employed part time with Adoption-Link since February of 2010 and has been involved in various Adoption-Link projects in the past. She has professional experience in marketing, client management, budgeting, billing, and managing multiple accounts. Erin and her husband are adoptive parents of two children, Ben and Grace.
Donnie Morey, Family Adoption Specialist (BS)
Donnie Morey has been employed by Adoption Link since 2003 as a Family Adoption Specialist completing international home studies, domestic home studies and post-placement reports. Prior to coming to Adoption Link, Donnie worked for over 13 years in the field of child welfare, focusing on providing in therapeutic foster care for individuals with special needs. Donnie currently works for Adoption Link on a part-time basis, and has made a new full-time career in selling real estate in Chicago's richly diverse neighborhoods. Donnie is originally from Oklahoma, but has called Chicago home since 1988. Donnie received his bachelor of science in psychology from Oklahoma State University.
Colleen Martinson, Family Adoption Specialist (MSW, LSW)
Colleen Martinson is a Masters level Licensed Social Worker. She has worked as a social worker since 2005 and began working in the field of adoption after graduating from the University of Minnesota with her Masters in Social Work in 2009. Colleen feels that she has found her niche in the area of adoption, as she loves to see both parents and children create permanent families through adoption. Colleen’s passion for learning about and working with other cultures has given her a special interest in international adoption. Colleen is married and enjoying her role as a first time mom to her daughter.
Heather Breems, Family Adoption Specialist, (MSW, LCSW)
Heather has been employed with Adoption-Link since May 2007. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2003 from North Park University and then obtained her Master’s in Social Work in 2007 from Loyola University in Chicago. Both of Heather's fieldwork placements were in child welfare and adoption. She has over six years experience in the adoption field. Currently she is working part time to allow more time to spend with her children. Heather has one biological son, one adopted son from Haiti with special needs and another son adopted through the foster care system.
Sarah Ushkow, Family Adoption Specialist, (MSW, CADC)
Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in social work, a professional license in clinical social work and a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling. She comes to Adoption-Link with experience working in the child welfare and mental health fields.
Adam Roby, Family Adoption Specialist, (BS)
Adam has worked in the field of child welfare for over 10 years, specializing in adoptions. He is currently a part-time contract worker with Adoption-Link. Adam received his bachelor of science degree in sociology from Winona State University.
Helen LoRusso, Family Adoption Specialist, (MA, LPC)
Helen retired from a large, private child welfare agency in 2013, after working there for 19 years. She worked as an adoption worker, and a child welfare specialist, but spent the last ten years as a therapist, working with children and families involved in the foster care system. She completed her undergraduate work at Carroll University, Waukesha,Wisconsin and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. A fourth generation Chicagoan, Helen is an avid reader, loves to cook, enjoys movies and classical music and spending time with her two adult daughters.
Andrea Dunbar, Intern
Andrea Dunbar is a social work Intern. She is pursuing her MSW degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Andrea earned her BA from The Ohio State University in psychology, and also completed graduate studies in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University. She is very excited to be completing her internship with Adoption-Link.
Kate Mariner, Intern
Kate Mariner is a cultural anthropologist currently conducting research for her dissertation on private agency adoption. She has worked with Adoption-Link since 2009, and is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Kate has a BA in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University and MA degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her clinical experience includes group and individual counseling and children's residential care. She has served as an intern at Children's Research Triangle and the University of Chicago International Adoption Center.

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