Meet Our Team

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Mary Beth King, MSSA; Executive Director 
Mary Beth King, MSSA is the agency’s Executive Director and works closely with the rest of our team to determine best practice policies for the agency and for the children and families we work with around the world. Having worked with several agencies prior to re-opening Frank, she now heads our Primary Provider program, coordinating with attorneys, home staff, and government officials in numerous countries. She is mom to three, including our occasional 'office assistant' who sometimes stops by to pull all the books off the shelves and push every button on the phone! She and her family completed their adoption of their son from China in October 2018.

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Alison Sandridge; Program Coordinator

Alison Sandridge coordinates the majority of our international adoptions in Africa, most notably in Sierra Leone, Congo, and Cameroon, and serves as a wonderful resource for families both personally and professionally. She is mom to four funny, kind, active children from Uganda, two of whom arrived to the US as teens. When not chauffeuring to track meets, football practice or basketball games, Alison is busy answering inquiries, checking in with our staff on the ground and helping families cope with the ups and downs of international adoption.

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Kelly Dempsey
Frank Adoption Center partners with Dempsey Law, PLLC and Kelly Dempsey, principal and owner of Dempsey Law, to handle the US immigration component of international adoptions.

Kelly is an accomplished international adoption attorney who has helped hundreds of families overcome obstacles in dozens of countries around the world.

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Chiquita Torres, Office Manager
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Chiquita is Frank’s Office Manager and often your first point of contact. She is an excellent guide to all incoming calls and inquiring prospective adoptive or foster parents. Additionally, she handles sending documents, forms and resources; keeping files up to date; and generally keeps our office running smoothly. Chiquita has a wide range of experience in child welfare, having worked in the NC Court system in numerous capacities. She is wonderfully patient, welcoming and is a valued calming presence in our office!

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Kam Awiszio, Foster Care Program Coordinator
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Kam has wonderfully taken the lead on Frank’s newly established Foster Program, coming in from the start to play a vital role in the program’s creation. Kam continues to work in developing and providing training to prospective parents and as well as working directly with families and children to ensure everyone feels well supported in navigating their new roles. Kam serves as a leader, a sounding board, and overseer of all aspects of our work in this new and exciting realm of care.