The members of the professional staff at Adoption Options are licensed clinicians with expertise in all aspects of adoption. They bring years of experience to their work both individually and as a team. They are known for their sensitivity, knowledge, and strong ethics in working to help individuals and families through the adoption process.
Tara McAvoy, LMHC, has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and brings years of experience counseling children and families to her position of Adoption Coordinator. Her counseling career has included substance abuse counseling for pregnant and parenting clients, school-based mental health, and work as an adoption caseworker. Tara became interested in the field of adoption after the adoption of her son in 2016 and brings both personal and professional knowledge of the adoption process to her work at Adoption Options. Tara’s passion is in supporting all members of the adoption triad throughout the lifespan, and the understanding that adoption is so much more than the initial placement of a child but rather a lifelong process that is constantly unfolding.
Shelley Katsh, LICSW, has been on the staff of Adoption Options at Jewish Collaborative Services since 1997. She works with individuals and families exploring all aspects of the adoption process. In her tenure at Adoption Options, Shelley has seen hundreds of families come together through adoption.
Shelley also works with other adoption professionals on legislative issues affecting the adoption community. She has also been a trainer for the National Infant Adoption Training Initiative.
Marcie Ingber, who also works part-time as the Pantry Coordinator for JCS’s Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry, manages the administrative aspects of the program. Marcie manages RSVPs to events, takes online payments, and sends out information to prospective adoptive individuals/couples.