Meet Our Staff
Kelly Weidner has a 17 year history in the social work field. Kelly’s experience started at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility, working with adolescent boys with behavioral difficulties. She then became a teacher and taught for 6 years. Both of these positions played a key role in her move to adoption. Kelly has extensive experience in adoption as a caseworker and supervisor in her past agency and has 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-founders, Sarah Magarity and Maggie Norrett. Haven Adoptions has worked to create a new standard in the field of adoption. Kelly is a member of the National Association for Professional Women and lives in Fort Washington, PA with her husband and three children.
“After playing many different roles in social work over the last 17 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, creating forever families for our clients. It is truly a blessing to love what you do and I am so thankful for being a part of the adoption process for each and every one of our families.”
Director of Family Services
Sarah Magarity has over 10 years of social work and adoption experience. Sarah’s social work experience started while working at Carson Valley School, a residential treatment facility for children with behavioral difficulties. Sarah then moved on to pursue a teaching career for the next six years, working closely with both her 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.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 parent(s) 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 way beyond 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 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.”
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 Masters 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.
Adoption Case Manager
Patti Cruz is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with families in transition. Patti started her career working in Los Angeles with newly immigrated women and children in an agency providing preschool and ESL Classes. Patti worked first as a preschool teacher and then as a counselor. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Patti started work as a domestic violence counselor in a local children’s hospital. Patti loved working with the men and women coming to her for counseling and crisis support. She also became an excellent trainer; educating professionals and community members about the importance of talking about violence at home. It was through doing this work that Patti became skillful at asking the difficult questions!
Patti obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Licensed Social Worker. Patti is an Adoption Case Manager and loves working with all of her Haven families. She is compassionate and friendly and cares very much for all of the adoptive parents she works with. Patti lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.
“I wanted to join a team that was dedicated and passionate about their work and I found this with the Haven team. Since joining Haven, I have been amazed at the love and honesty that both birth parents and adoptive parents have been able to openly give. Parents trust us with their fears, hopes and dreams for their children- it’s truly an honor to be doing this work.”
Biological Parent Case Manager
Kayla Mazzotta has 4 years of experience in the adoption field prior to joining the Haven Adoptions team. Kayla had the chance to explore the many different realms of adoption and found her place with working directly with biological parents. Kayla’s warm and friendly nature helps make all the women she works with feel comfortable and cared for. The women whom Kayla works with love their relationship with her and know that she is always looking out for their best interest. Kayla lives in Philadelphia, PA.
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of women in my community by helping them make the best plan they can for their family. I really enjoy meeting and connecting with so many different people every day and appreciate what I have learned from each one of my clients. I am so grateful to work with such a strong and selfless team at Haven Adoptions.”
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 in 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!”