Meet Our Staff
Meg Sterchi | ACSW, LCSW
Executive DirectorContact Meg
Meg Sterchi, a founder and the executive director of ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the area of adoption. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and social work focusing on children and families, mental health, and education. For the last 20 of those years she has focused on working with birth and adoptive families, preparing and supporting them throughout the adoption process. She also has personal experience with adoption, as an adoptive mother. It was this personal experience that led her to open ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA.
Meg’s work focuses on the clinical issues surrounding private domestic and international adoption. Meg firmly believes that adoption is a loving alternative to an unexpected pregnancy and is dedicated to the education and preparation of adoptive families and to the continuing improvement of the public’s perception of adoption. She is guided by her philosophy that a major focus of adoption agencies should be to prepare, support and educate all parties involved in an adoption. Children are best served by parents who are well prepared to understand and deal with adoptive issues that arise throughout the adoptive lifecycle.
Meg was honored by the US Congress in 2013 as a CCAI Angel in Adoption. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She received her MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work and her BA from Purdue University.
Meg, her husband, David, and their two sons Grant and Gavin are blessed to be a family joined together through adoption. They enjoy biking, traveling, sailing, and other water sports together.
Jennifer Morrissey | MSW, LSW
Social Work SupervisorContact Jennifer
Jennifer Morrissey started working in the field of adoption in 1999 and quickly discovered her passion for adoption. She began working in domestic adoption, but when a need came for someone to take over the international programs, she quickly learned about the possibilities with international adoption, and what joy it was to find homes for orphaned children. Through her international work, Jennifer has had the pleasure and opportunity to travel around the world.
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She loves working with families in every stage of the adoption process, seeing them through the various stops on the adoption journey to becoming a forever family. She believes in the value of education, and being prepared to parent a child according to their individual needs.
Jennifer enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family. She and her husband, Lawrance, have three children, Aidan, Alyssa, and Eli.
Allison Montgomery | MSW, LCSW
Adoption SpecialistContact Allison
Allison Montgomery is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and her Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University. She worked primarily with children and families during her career in such areas as homelessness, mental health, and school social work prior to joiningADOPTIONS OF INDIANA in 2007.
Allison became interested in the adoption field as she and her husband began the process of their child’s adoption from China. She has developed a deep respect for the adoptive process and both the difficult and amazing journey it allows. She feels fortunate to have personal understanding of what adoptive parents experience. This has also helped her know how important it is to educate oneself on adoption and the possible needs of the adopted child.
Allison and her husband, James, welcomed home Maya in 2007 and are thrilled to be her parents. They enjoy time together as a family. Allison enjoys traveling, reading, sports, and has a deep passion and love for animals.
Amy NicholaS | BSW, LSW
Coordinator of Outreach & Supervisor of Expectant/Birth Parent Services:Contact Amy
Amy Nicholas received her Bachelors of Social Work from Indiana University in 1992 and immediately began working in the field of adoption and foster care. Amy has worked for licensed child placement agencies in Indiana, Illinois, and Colorado. She works primarily in outreach, education, and supervises expectant/birth parent services. Amy has a passion for educating the public and professionals about adoption and empowering her clients to make positive decisions. She values the impact that compassion, honesty, education, options counseling and support have on all members of the adoption triad. Amy brings both warmth and joy to Adoptions of Indiana.
Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their three children; Sarah, Stuart, and Eddie. She has become both a “Sports Mom” and a “Show Choir Mom”.
Laura Dever | BSW, LSW
Social WorkerContact Laura
Laura Dever is a graduate of Auburn University School of Social Work (Alabama). She has practiced in Indiana for the past 26 years working initially with elderly homebound clients and for the past 19 years, she has work at a Maternal and Child Services clinic that provides prenatal care to lower income pregnant women. Over the years many of the expectant women have chosen adoption. So, Laura is quite familiar with the adoption process through the eyes of birth mothers and has provided much counseling in assisting them with their decision making.
Laura has a passion for adoption. She is an adult adoptee and has a wonderful and loving adoptive family. She has not chosen to have a relationship with her birth parent(s) at this time, but was informed from the beginning of her adoption. She is open to possibly learning more about her heritage and background in the near future, however. She realizes that each situation is different, but from her own personal experiences, feels that it is important for honesty related to the adoption be forthright for the health and well being of the adoptive child and his/her family.
Laura and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Cliff and Clayton. They enjoy many activities such as sports, outdoor activities, and spending time at the beach.
Becky Messina-Graham | MSW, LSW
Expectant Parent ServicesContact Becky
Becky Messina-Graham focuses on birth/expectant parent services. In addition, Becky assists those clients who are making decisions about search and reunion with birthfamily. Becky earned a Bachelors in Social Work from Ball State and holds an MSW from Indiana University. She has a background in hospice and healthcare, as well as adoption. Becky is an adoptee of a closed adoption who met her birthmother and family several years ago. She is blessed to enjoy positive relationships with both birth and adoptive families and sees them often. Becky is married to Steve, who is a scientist, and has a three year-old daughter, Maya. She and her family love spending time walking and cycling around their neighborhood, Fountain Square.