Meet The Team

Elizabeth A. Dempsey-Strayer

Elizabeth A. Dempsey-Strayer

Post Adoption Specialist - York

Elizabeth Dempsey Strayer is a Post Adoption Specialist working in the York County area. Liz and her husband are parents to eight adult children, two of which are adopted. As a former elementary teacher and foster parent, she is passionate about helping children and their families navigate their way through challenging situations. Liz and her family enjoy ministering to others during mission trips, the most recent being to Jos, Nigeria.

Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed

Outreach Coordinator - York

Jessica Reed joined Bethany Christian Services in 2017 as a Safe Families for Children outreach coordinator. She previously worked for York County Children, Youth and Families and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work. Through Jessica’s experiences at Children and Youth she found her passion for keeping families together, which lead her to Safe Families for Children.

Lauren Pratt, MA

Lauren Pratt, MA

Post Permanency Case Worker & Therapist - York

Lauren Pratt joined Bethany Christian Services in 2016 as a post-adoption caseworker and adoption therapist. Previously, she worked with children and adolescents in a mental and behavioral health hospital. She has also worked as a permanency worker in foster care and adoption.