Meet Our Staff
Co-Founder, Executive DirectorKelly 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 ServicesSarah 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.”
Foster Care 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 foster care and found her place working directly with foster families. 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 every one of my clients. Every day I learn something new from the brave women and men who pursue adoption.”
Foster Care Case Manager
Robyn has many years of experience working with children and families. Before Haven Foster Care, Robyn was a full-time nanny and worked in a daycare as their Lead Infant Teacher. Robyn recently graduated from Pennsylvania State University (World Campus) with an associate’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Robyn is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has an immense passion for helping children find their forever homes, whether through adoption or foster care. Robyn is a huge asset to the Haven team. Robyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and exercising.
“I am honored to be a part of Haven. There is something so inspiring about working with a passionate group of women. I have always had a desire to help others, especially children, and Haven has given me that opportunity. I look forward to learning all I can and helping build new families through foster care and adoption.”
Brie McMullin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with over 9 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 families to aid them in effectively coping with the challenges that foster care 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
Lauren grew up in Montgomery County and discovered her love for helping those in need when she was in her teen years after her cousin was born with special needs. She comes from a caregiver background working as a Home Health Aide for several years and is currently taking courses in Human Services at Montgomery County Community College. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and practicing yoga.
“The women at Haven welcomed me with open arms and gave me this wonderful opportunity to assist in the rewarding field of adoption and foster care. My position at Haven allows me to utilize my compassion for children and passionate interest in the human services field. I’m so honored and excited to be part of such a warm and enthusiastic team who truly go above and beyond what is expected to make a difference in the lives of children and families. I look forward to growing with Haven, making new connections with families, and learning more everyday about the field of adoption and foster care.”