Guest Blog: Kathy Brodsky, Director, Ametz Adoption Program/JCCA

10 04 2010

By Kathy Brodsky, Director, Ametz Adoption Program/JCCA

Kathy Brodsky, LCSW, has been the director of the Ametz Adoption Program of Jewish Child Care Association since 1992 and a consultant to the program for seven years prior to that. In 2001, Kathy was recognized as an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. She lives in New York City and is the mother of two daughters, aged 18 and 21, who joined her family through adoption.

So there we were, Tom (Joint Council President & CEO), Rebecca (Joint Council Director of Programs and Services), Sue Kupferberg (Ametz Adoption) and me – finishing a lovely lunch in Manhattan. We had agreed to meet and discuss next years Joint Council Annual Conference. So many details to be worked out. Dates, conference format, conference chairs, and more. We were all up for the challenge.

Typically when we get together (I would assume its the same for most of us) the conversation wove in and out and around the conference. To list the other topics we covered is almost impossible, but I will try:

  • USCIS notices
  • The conference call on Haiti earlier in the day
  • Joint Council efforts to fund raise and expand networks
  • The incredible interns at Joint Council
  • How Tom and Rebecca never seem to rest.

And, of course, our blackberries and cell phones kept ringing.

We were just treating Tom to chocolate mousse and Rebecca to crème brulee, discussing riding the NYC subway to Penn Station for them to catch their train back to DC, when Tom answered another call. His face said it all. The next thing I knew, with only a nod of their heads – Tom is on one call, Rebecca is dialing another – another crisis in motion – another resolution on the way (we now know it was the current situation in Russia). They took it all in stride and started to discuss what calls they could make from the train, who got to nap “this time” and the 8 pm and 9 pm conference calls already scheduled for that night. What a team. Its like watching a scripted ballet. Amazing.

As a member of Joint Council, I can’t begin to tell you how comforting it is to have them at the helm. The captain and his first mate. Peter Pan and Wendy – traveling to magical lands and helping needy children.

It was our pleasure to treat these two heroes to lunch. To hear once again their devotion to the children of the world. To know that the weariness in their eyes and hoarseness in voices is a testament to their commitment.

We never stopped talking until they got of the subway at Penn Station to head back to DC. Never enough time. Always on the run. The life of a child advocate…

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