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Mary Beth King Executive Director

Mary Beth King — Executive Director
Mary Beth King, MSSA is the agency’s Executive Director and works closely with our Board to determine best practice policies for the agency and for the children and families we work with. Our combined experience totals over 15 years and includes work in countries throughout the world. We pride ourselves on both our knowledge and our passion; we are competent and confident in the work that we do, trusting that we are uniting children for whom adoption is truly the best option with families who will welcome them with open arms.



Deborah Baus Program Manager

Deborah Baus
Deborah is a former Board Member with over ten years of nonprofit experience, specifically in the areas of administration and fundraising. She and her husband have three adopted children and significant experience with both the international and domestic adoption process. Her passion for uniting children with families, along with her dedication to organizational integrity strongly complement our mission.




Kelly (Ensslin) Dempsey Board Members

Kelley O'Brien — Board President
Kelley O’Brien is director for strategy and innovation and adjunct faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Her areas of expertise include communication, grant writing, and strategic planning. She previously worked for ten years in the field of civic education, directing a statewide non-profit that served K-12 teachers. She and her husband have adopted two children from South Korea and have personally experienced the roller coaster ride of international adoption—its an emotional, but incredibly fulfilling ride.



Amy Hecht, PhD Amy Hecht, PhD
Amy is the founder and clinical director of the Hecht Ribas Group for Psychological Services. A graduate of Gallaudet University's PhD program in clinical psychology, Amy is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in adoption and families, GLBT families and disability. Amy and her wife, Claudia Ribas, are the proud parents of four beautiful children including a daughter adopted from Nepal in 2010. She is also a founding member of the Nepal Adoptive Families Association. As a member of both an extended birth family and an adoptive family Amy brings personal as well as professional experience to her passion for adoption and all members of the adoption constellation.



Kelley O'Brien Kelly (Ensslin) Dempsey — Legal Advisor
Kelly is an accomplished international adoption attorney who has helped hundreds of families overcome obstacles in dozens of countries around the world. She comes to this work through her personal experience adopting both internationally and domestically.

She is also the proud mother of three children. She has a strong personal and professional passion for international adoption, carried forward in her roles as mother of two adopted children and as an attorney who advocates for families who face challenges during the international adoption process. In addition to sitting on Frank Adoption Center's Board of Directors, Dempsey is also a proud member of the Both Ends Burning team and believes that significant change is needed to ensure that every child’s basic human right to a family is protected and promoted.



Frank Adoption Center
2000 South Main Street
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587



We are a leading international agency for adoptions or adopting children or teens, aging in range from six to sixteen. We have been professionally and reputably serving parents since 1994, and enjoy an excellent reputation. We are the only agency permitted to operate for adoptions in certain countries that were previously not open to US adoption agencies.
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