Pat O’Brien

Pat O’Brien is the Founder of You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption and Permanency Movement, Inc., and served as the organization’s executive director for its first 18 years. Pat has worked in the field of finding permanent homes for teens and young adults for more than 25 years. He also produces both a radio Read More

Cate Newbanks, MA

Cate Newbanks has 20 years of experience in child welfare administration and private association management. She has served as Inspector General of Illinois’ Behavioral and Developmental services system, designed and implemented the Child Welfare Behavioral Health Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In Virginia, she has served as the State Child Welfare Director, as well Read More

Adrian M. McLemore

Adrian McLemore came into care at the age of 6. For the next 12 years he would span three states, bouncing between his parents and the foster care system. Since emancipating from care, Adrian has focused his efforts on improving the system and improving the lives of youth in care. In 2004, he cofounded a Read More

LaTina Marsh

LaTina Marsh is an adoption officer for the Bureau of Consular Affairs-Office of Children’s Issues. She provides guidance, information, and assistance to adoption service providers and state adoption authorities regarding The Hague Adoption Convention, with a particular focus on adoptions from the United States. In addition, her portfolio covers The Hague Complaint Registry, Adverse Actions, Read More

Dr. Greg Manning

Dr. Greg Manning is a licensed psychologist in California and earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Manning provides training on local, state and national levels to professionals of multiple specialties and lay persons on a wide range of topics related to child welfare and mental health. He Read More

Lorenzo Lewis

Lorenzo Lewis is CEO of Dads Do Care and leader of the Fatherhood Initiative. He is trained in the areas of mediation, fragile families, domestic abuse, and veteran affairs. He directed the First Fathers Walk in Northern Summit County, sponsors the Dads Do Care Youth Men’s Basketball tournament, and holds positions or memberships with Summit Read More

Revonda A. Kirby, J.D.

Revonda A. Kirbyis the Director of Special Projects at the Louisiana CASA Association (LACASA) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She assists with the training and technical assistance needs of local CASA programs. She also works as a consultant to the Louisiana Court Improvement Project, designing, developing and facilitating statewide educational events for members of the child Read More

Sarah Kaye, PhD

Dr. Sarah Kaye has used research and evaluation to inform child welfare and children’s mental health services since 1998. She has worked with seven state child-family serving systems and more than a dozen community-based organizations to implement and evaluate evidence-based or promising practices. After completing a PhD in Family Studies at the University of Maryland-School Read More

Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs

Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs was appointed Special Advisor for Children’s Issues in 2010 by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ambassador Jacobs advances U.S. policy concerning international parental child abduction and intercountry adoption. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Jacobs served as Chief of Mission in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. She also served Read More

Ray Hoskins

Ray Hoskins has been involved in child welfare in a variety of roles for the last 15 years. He has been on both the Ohio and Indiana child welfare training staff, and has consulted with several localities and agencies on both older youth and adoption issues. He is currently the National Director of Staff Training Read More