Transitions was founded to provide non-judgmental adoption services to all people, regardless of the color of their skin, background, or circumstances. We have never turned a birth mother away, no matter what her circumstances. By the same token, we work with many kinds of adoptive families including singles, married couples, and same sex couples. Before we place a baby with an adoptive family, we ask the birth parents what kind of family they feel comfortable with, and strictly follow their wishes. Finally, we are proud to say we have never turned a baby away, no matter what the health issues. For example, we have placed babies exposed to HIV and drugs, babies born with spina bifida, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and prematurity. Be assured, we also place healthy babies for adoption. In short, we think of ourselves as an inclusive agency in every sense of the word.
Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing services in a respectful, caring way. Let us introduce you to the people who work here.
Founder and Director of Transitions
She has been working in the field of adoption for 30 years. She is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Delaware Valley Adoption Council, the Philadelphia and Montgomery County Bar Associations. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Women in Transition. She was a Philadelphia Municipal Court appointed mediator. She served as a master in divorce proceedings in Philadelphia. She was a member of the working committee of the Women’s Law Project on the civil rights of families considering adoption. She has lectured on adoption issues at the Resolve Conference, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, and the Montgomery County Bar Association. She has provided legal services to clients of the Senior Citizens Judicare Project, and clients of Women Against Abuse. She also spoke on the national public radio program “Radio Times” about transracial adoption. She has provided many in-services to hospitals and crisis pregnancy centers, and would be happy to do so in the future.
Emily Bell has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. For over 17 years, Emily has been working with children and families in various settings. She has extensive experience working with children with special needs through her work in a residential treatment facility and as a Therapeutic Staff Support. Emily was formerly the Assistant Director and Case Manager of a family homeless shelter where she had the opportunity to mentor many single parents in crisis. For the past 8 years, Emily has been working as an International Adoption Coordinator. In addition, she conducts domestic and international adoption home studies. Emily has lobbied in Washington in support of the Adoption Tax Credit. She is an active member of her church’s Orphan and Widow Team that completes various service projects to benefit children of the child welfare system both in our own backyard and throughout the world. She is big cheerleader for the work of The Cade Foundation and Help Us Adopt, and has spoken at various fundraisers for these adoption grant organizations. Emily and her husband are parents to a spunky boy and a sweet girl through the miracle of open adoption.
Cathy McNally has master’s degrees in public health and social work. For over a decade she provided homestudy services to various adoption agencies located in North Carolina and Maryland. She was a clinical social worker at the Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center covering both the NICU and OB/GYN units. She worked for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Family and Youth Services, working with families of high-risk infants. She was the Conference Co-Chair of the 1997 National Association of Perinatal Social Workers annual conference, “From Policy to Practice: The Survival of Perinatal Social Work,” in Washington, DC. She was the recipient of public health service grants which allowed her to participate in the 1987 and 1988 Public Health Social Work Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a featured speaker on adoption issues at the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers, the March of Dimes, Columbia Hospital for Women nursing conference, and Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference.
Debbie Meloni has a master's degree in social work, and she has over 15 years experience writing home studies. She has previous experience working as a perinatal social worker in a hospital setting. She is an invaluable, caring, professional, who is a wonderful resource to the families with whom she works.