Our Intake Team will help you begin your child's adoption process. We will work with you and your home study agency to ensure a smooth beginning and provide you with the information and support you need. When you apply to WHFC, your case will be assigned to Maryanne, Nicole or Lisa, who will help you complete the application materials, guide you in deciding which country you would like to adopt from and identify helpful resources. Once your home study is approved, you will begin working with your adoption program team. In addition, Christina is always available to answer your questions about government regulations and procedures. We are committed to doing all we can to help orphaned and vulnerable children find a forever family.
Maryanne Ludwig, MSW, LICSW
Director of Placement Services
Maryanne has been with WHFC since July 2000. She is a member of the Leadership Team and has always focused on how WHFC can best serve clients who live at a distance from our offices. She has traveled to many countries from which we place children. Prior to joining WHFC, Maryanne worked at a home for emotionally disturbed adolescents and as an expectant parent counselor. She holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Maryanne is also an adoptee.
Christina joined WHFC in 1996. She is an expert in how to meet the various regulatory steps involved in adoption, including US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Interstate Compact of the Placement of Children (ICPC) requirements. You may hear from her with requests for additional information as she navigates components of your child's adoption behind the scenes, and is always available to answer questions about your documentation of the I-600A or I-800A processes. Christina is also a wonderful resource for your family after the arrival of your child, and can assist with questions related to re-finalization (most countries), finalization (Korea, India, Philippines), the US citizenship process, getting a social security number for your child, and more. She holds an Associate Degree from Massachusetts Bay Community College.
Nicole Fischenich, MSW, LICSW
Philippines Clinical Program Manager and Adoption Social Worker
Nicole has been with WHFC since 2006. She specializes in attachment issues and trauma, and has a special interest in older child adoption and post adoption issues. Before joining WHFC, Nicole worked in a residential treatment center, community health center and several schools as a psychotherapist for children. Nicole has traveled to Ethiopia, China and the Philippines with families who were adopting. Adoption has been an important part of Nicole's life as her younger brother is adopted. Nicole received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lisa Lovett, MSW, LICSW
Africa Clinical Program Manager and Adoption Social Worker
Lisa, who joined WHFC in 1996, has worked with adoptive families for more than 20 years. Her clinical areas of expertise include older child adoption and multiracial families. As Africa Programs Manager, Lisa oversees the Ethiopia Program, whereby many birth and adoptive families maintain contact for years after their child's placement. She has also worked with children and families in the US foster care system.
Lisa's work is influenced by her personal experiences with adoption, including growing up in a blended multiracial family, and by what she is learning as a parent of two children. She enjoys watching children grow and helping families with developmental challenges. Lisa holds a BA from Stanford University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Texas in Arlington.