The AOK Team

All Our Kids, Inc. is an organization of individuals who are passionate about foster care and adoption, and supporting families involved. Feel free to reach out to any of us!

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Dr. Marianna Litovich
Founder and Executive Director

mlitovich@FosteringAOK.org
Contact for: All Organizational Operation

Marianna Litovich is a parent, community psychologist, and civic-minded organizer. She is often scheming about ways to bring people together, build bridges, and strengthen her community. After a decade as a clinician in the public mental health sector and as a university professor, she now consults with community agencies and state departments to improve their programming in order to better support families with young children in Massachusetts. She is passionate about foster care and adoption, and grew up knowing she wanted to adopt children through the foster care system. In addition to steering All Our Kids through its inception and recent growth, she is also a foster parent ambassador for the Department of Children and Families and is on the board of the Massachusetts Alliance for Families, a statewide advocacy organization for foster parents. In 2016, Marianna and her family were named Massachusetts Foster Parents of the Year. Marianna was the 2018 recipient of the Champions for Children award from the Child Advocacy Center of Hampshire County, and an honoree as part of Business West's 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

Having now adopted twice and fostered numerous other children, she founded All Our Kids, Inc. in response to the reactions people around her were having: foster and adoptive families felt isolated, the public had a limited understanding of the foster care system, and everyone wanted to do something to make a difference. Marianna lives with her partner, Kelley, and four children in South Hadley, and she will never say no to an invitation for coffee.

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Melissa Barber
Program Director

mbarber@FosteringAOK.org
Contact for:  AOK Community Closet, AOK Connect

 

Melissa Barber is a proud foster and adoptive parent.  She lives in Hampden with her husband, Tom and their children, Ruby and Elliot.  Melissa grew up with her brother who was adopted at the age of five and has always known she wanted to adopt through foster care herself.
Melissa joined the AOK Board in 2018, and transitioned to a staff position in 2021. She strongly believes in the work we do for foster and adoptive families in Western MA, and is grateful for the opportunity to be part of helping this great organization continue to grow!
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Kyle Belanger
Board President

kbelanger@FosteringAOK.org

Kyle Belanger is a parent, activist, communications professor and media personality whose dedication to the advocacy for children stretches into each facet of his daily life. His experiences as a foster and adoptive parent have been chronicled on his widely-read fatherhood blog. His trans-racial, multi-cultural, super-vibrant family of four is 100 percent Western Massachusetts; they’ve rooted in South Hadley, and will be there forever.

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Anthony DeJura
Board Vice President

adejura@FosteringAOK.org

Anthony DeJura is a parent and advocate, as well as a Senior Assistant Director of a non-profit human services organization for adults with developmental disabilities. He is committed to fostering relationships within the child welfare system, and to supporting children and families with different abilities. Anthony sits on the Parent Advisory Board for the Department of Children and Families Western Region, where he uses his experience as a foster and adoptive parent to advocate for needed changes within the system. He lives with his partner, Rich, and their three active boys. He is proud to be a Board Member of AOK and happy to bring his partnering skills to build bridges within the child welfare system.

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Samm Delorey
Board Secretary

sdelorey@FosteringAOK.org

Samm Delorey (she/her) became a pre-adoptive foster parent without knowing any other foster parents or anything about the DCF system. Without the support and knowledge of the community Samm struggled with her role as a foster parent until she developed relationships in the foster and adoptive community. After meeting an AOK board member at a support group in 2018 she started to build connections with AOK and AOK Connect.

Passionate about creating positive representation of foster and adoptive families Samm wrote a children's book which features a family that emcompasses siblings in many homes and foster and biological families working together for the benefit of their children. Samm is the founder of the non-profit LoveBound Press, which seeks to publish books to increase representation of foster and adoptive families and elevate the voices of former foster and adoptive youth.

Samm is excited to join the AOK team and help support our families. She understands some of the unique challenges faced by our parents, and is so grateful to learn and share as part of this community.

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Tracey Trottier
Board Treasurer

ttrottier@FosteringAOK.org

Tracey Trottier is the parent of a child adopted through foster care. In high school, her best friend was a foster child who was aging out of the foster care system. This experience left an impression on Tracey and when she looked to expand her family, she followed her heart and became the preadoptive parent of a school age child.
She works as the Sr. Director of Assessment at Springfield Technical Community College. This has allowed her to stay in college forever as her friends foresaw in her early 20s. She is a data geek and likes using these skills for AOK. Tracey lives in Springfield, MA with her husband, Michael, their child, and their cat.
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Mary Kate Farley
Board Director

mfarkey@FosteringAOK.org

Mary Kate Farley-Dimino loves that she became a parent through fostering and adoption. She currently works in Organizational Development at the Consortium, a well-established human services organization in Holyoke, and she is especially grateful that in this role she’s encouraged to bring her whole self, including all her lived experience, to her work. In addition to her development work, Mary Kate loves learning and sharing about the peer-recovery movement, the wonders of neuroplasticity, and the benefits of complementary modalities such as yoga, meditation, and energy work for healing from trauma.

She first connected with AOK through the awesome All Our Kids Connect Facebook group, and believes deeply in the ‘people helping people’ focus of AOK’s mission to, among other things, “enrich community connectedness among foster/adoptive families in Western MA.” For fun, friendship, and therapy, Mary Kate enjoys performing in local community theatre musicals, as well as exploring all of our area’s natural beauty. She lives in Holyoke with her brilliant and loving 6 year old daughter and their sassy calico cat.

Elaine Phelps
Board Director

ephelps@FosteringAOK.org