Meet Our Staff
Kelly Weidner grew up in Alexandria, VA with her parents and two sisters. Kelly found her calling in social work after working on a homeless teens project with the Covenant House in Washington, DC when she was a junior at Bishop Ireton High School. She headed to Pennsylvania to attend Villanova University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 1999. After graduation, Kelly began her social work career at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility, working with adolescent boys with behavioral difficulties for 5 years. She then became a teacher and taught for 5 years. Both of these positions played a key role in her transition to adoption. Kelly had extensive experience in adoption as a caseworker and supervisor at a previous agency and worked with hundreds of adoptive families as well as biological parent families. Kelly is a strong leader for Haven and a well respected advocate in the adoption community.
Kelly Weidner is a co-founder of Haven Adoptions, Inc and shares her passion for adoption with her co-founder, Sarah Magarity. Haven Adoptions has worked to create a new standard in the field of adoption and two years ago started their foster care division. In 4 years Haven has completed 29 adoptions, 22 foster care placements, and 32 assisted adoptions.
Kelly is a member of the National Association for Professional Women, on the Executive Committee of the Our Lady of Mercy Board of Jurisdiction and lives in Ambler, PA with her three children.
“After playing many different roles in social work over the last 19 years, I have found where I belong in the field of adoption. Every day I look forward to going to work, making new relationships and best of all, helping children find homes. It is truly a blessing to love what you do and I am so thankful for being a part of the foster care and adoption process for each and every one of our families.”
Co-Founder, Director of Family Services
Sarah Magarity grew up in Oreland, Pennsylvania with her parents and brother, Kevin. From a young age, Sarah envisioned her adult life to be working with children. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State University in Human Development and Family Studies which led her to her first social work experience through an internship before graduation. Sarah interned at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility for children with behavioral difficulties. Upon graduating, she accepted a full-time social work position and continued as a social worker at Carson Valley. While working full time, Sarah completed a two-year graduate program. Sarah graduated with a Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College and then moved on to pursue a teaching career for the next six years, working closely with students and their parents. After taking 2 years to stay at home to care for her family, Sarah began working for a local adoption agency. A few of her major achievements were creating the Embryo Adoption and Donation Program and starting a Surrogacy Matching Program.
Sarah Magarity is the co-founder of Haven Adoptions, Inc. and works hard to make the adoptive parent program the best it can be. Sarah’s warm and inviting nature helps make all of our new families feel welcome into the Haven family. Sarah has supported countless adoptive families throughout the adoption process and has ongoing relationships with many of them. Sarah has a passion for helping families reach their ultimate dream; completing their family. She feels lucky every day to work with close friend Kelly and their incredible staff to make dreams come true. Sarah lives in Oreland, PA with her husband and three children.
“There are many reasons why I love my job. The overall feeling of helping adoptive families fulfill their dream of being parents has to rank highest. There are many adoptive parents who start the adoption process because they want to complete their family. Being a part of that process is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. My passion for adoption stems from my experience and love of social work and education. Through years of being a social worker and educator, I have formed many meaningful connections with people. Adoption allows me to continue to connect with so many wonderful families and children. It’s the best of both worlds. There are many adoptive families with whom I continue to have a relationship with beyond the finalization of their adoption. When you travel through an adoption journey with a family, you experience very meaningful and intense emotions. You become close to the families you work with. I love receiving emails, phone calls and/or pictures from families I’ve worked with. The friendships and connections that I have through adoption are invaluable.”
Biological Parent Case Manager
Kayla Mazzotta has 7 years of experience in the adoption field. Kayla had the chance to explore the many different realms of adoption and found her place working directly with biological parents. Kayla’s warm and friendly nature helps make the people she works with feel comfortable and cared for. The individuals with whom Kayla works know that she is always looking out for their best interest. Kayla lives in Philadelphia, PA.
“I have the opportunity to impact the lives of individuals in my community by helping them make the best plan they can for their family. The experiences I have working with birth parents are intensely emotional yet highly rewarding. The people I have met along the way have taught me invaluable lessons about love and sacrifice. I am lucky to meet and connect with so many different people and I appreciate what I have learned from each one of my clients. Every day I learn something new from the brave women and men who pursue adoption.”
Kelly Thompson, MSW
Foster Care Case Manager
Kelly Thompson comes to Haven Adoptions with a strong passion for helping children, especially those who are in foster care. At an early age, Kelly decided she wanted to make a difference in the world. She was very active in her church community and enjoyed doing volunteer work. Kelly received her undergraduate education in social work at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and continued on to get her master’s degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, P.A. She has experience working at The Village Family Services in Southwest, Philadelphia. While working at The Village Family Services, Kelly carried a full caseload. She conducted home visits, supervised visits and advocated for the children and families she serviced. Kelly wants to be the face of change to the systematic challenges that children in the foster care system deal with daily. In her free time, Kelly finds joy in traveling, walking, singing, and being with friends and family.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”- Mother Teresa
Adoption Case Manager
Meghann Chiappa has a long history of working with families in many different capacities. For five years, Meghann worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), helping the families of military personnel to access and utilize any benefits for which they were eligible. While working at Veterans Affairs, Meghann obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked as an outpatient therapist at the Lenape Valley Foundation, providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. She truly enjoyed being a part of her clients’ journey to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
After having children, Meghann transitioned into the field of adoption. She worked for over two years at a local adoption agency and found it to be a rewarding and meaningful experience, which has helped her excel in her role as Adoption Case Manager at Haven. Meghann puts the needs of her adoptive parents first and is always looking out for their best interest. Meghann lives in Ambler, PA with her husband and 2 children.
“In my time working in the field of adoption, I have met truly amazing families. I consider it an honor to be a part of a family’s adoption journey. I am constantly inspired by families and their honesty, bravery, compassion, and resilience.”
Biological Parent Counselor
Brie McMullin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 7 years of experience in the behavioral health care field. Brie received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and has worked with a diverse population of people, varying in ages from children to adults, who struggle with mental health and/or addiction disorders. Brie is certified in cognitive therapy and has training in dialectical behavioral therapy. By utilizing an eclectic approach to therapy, Brie strives to provide adequate support to birth mothers to aid them in effectively coping with the challenges that pregnancy and adoption can bring.
“Since working with Haven Adoptions, I have learned how important it is to have a supportive and collaborative team to help all individuals, including birth mothers and adoptive families, throughout the adoption process. Since recently having my first child, I have developed a passion for helping create happier and healthier families. I want to thank all of my clients that allow me to be a part of such an amazing process!”