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Louise Garnaut


Louise has proudly called Hong Kong home for 20+ years. She's been a member of AFHK since 2008 and immediately found that the parenting support and network to the wider adoption community offered invaluable guidance for her family's adoption journey. She joined the Steering Committee in 2010 organizing events. In 2013, she took over the role of Chair. In 2021, Louise moved to the Secretary position.

Louise is passionate about providing opportunities for supporting, connecting, informing, and educating in the adoption and the wider community. She is focused on advocacy projects and equal rights for adoptees and adoptive families driving programmes such as adoption parental leave, the privacy ordinance and access to personal information, access to roots tracing information, the citizenship rights of children placed in adoption in Hong Kong and the sexual offences law review. Much of this work has been possible with the assistance of students studying Human Rights in Practice at The Hong Kong University Faculty of Law.

Louise and her husband are the proud parents of two young adults: a daughter by birth and a son adopted as a toddler from Cambodia. In her business life Louise works as a property consultant. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Catherine Durant


External Liaison - Community Relations

Originally from Wales in the U.K., Catherine moved to Hong Kong in 2019. She and her husband are proud parents to their son, who they adopted in 2021. She began her involvement with AFHK through their information and support for “waiting parents” and then she supported AFHK as it’s Administrative Assistant before joining the Steering Committee. She has long had a personal interest in foster care and adoption and has learned much over the years through relationships with adoptees, children in foster care and other adoptive parents. Since moving to Hong Kong she has found the AFHK community invaluable in better preparing her and now continually equipping her to support her son and advocate for those touched by adoption.

Catherine’s professional background in the U.K. was as a legal advisor for NGOs and she currently works in Operations for a HK charity that supports migrant workers. In her “free time” she enjoys being a part of her church community and hiking remote parts of the new territories.

Alex Kumin Solomon

Waiting Families Coordinator & Education Advocacy

Originally from Boston, Alex moved to Hong Kong with her husband in 2017. She became involved with AFHK through their “waiting families“ program when she and husband started the adoption process in Hong Kong in 2020. Alex is a mother to a beautiful boy. Professionally, Alex has eighteen years of experience in the financial sector focused on the equity market.

Benita Ashby


Benita was born in Hong Kong. She finished her secondary school and undergraduate studies in the UK and worked in London for several years before moving back to Hong Kong.  She is currently a Senior Manager of the Asia Finance Team at a leading Australian retailer and a full member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.  She is married with two daughters - one biological and one adopted.  Benita joined AFHK as Treasurer in 2023.

Lucas Renzi

Audio-visual Technician


Lucas was born, raised, and lives in Melbourne, Australia. He was an expatriate 2012-2022, working as a trainer, yoga instructor, and primary school educator in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Laos. He is the primary carer of three beautiful children (two biological, and one adopted). Lucas heard about AFHK whilst living in Singapore and participated in monthly workshops when he moved to Hong Kong. He assists the adoption community through facilitating conversations between members and in an Australian Expatriate Facebook group, presenting AFHK's Australian visa webinar, and with his web and technical knowledge. Lucas highly values the invaluable guidance, ongoing education, advocacy work, and support network that AFHK offers its members and the wider adoption constellation. He encourages those interested in adoption to come along to an AFHK event and become members for the same reasons. Along with his wife, this car-free family of five loves the outdoors, and are advocates for all things health, judo, cycling, collective consumption, and reducing their carbon footprint. When Lucas can squeeze it in he supports, moderates and consults with various online and offline committees, adoption and education communities, and with small businesses and start-ups.

Vivian Ip

External Relations & Waiting Families Coordinator

Vivian is a registered social worker in Hong Kong. As a teenager, Vivian volunteered for a non-profit organisation serving pregnant girls facing crisis pregnancies and children in need of temporary and/or permanent care. She later joined this organisation, first as an adoption social worker, then supervisor. Vivian is passionate about adoption advocacy and volunteers her time to help adoptees and their families on their roots tracing journey. At AFHK, she dedicates her effort to connect AFHK with important external partners to help achieve important advocacy objectives.

Becky Holdaway

Adult Adoptee Coordinator

Becky is a Hong Kong adult adoptee who at 18 months was adopted into a British family. Hong Kong was home until she went to Secondary school and then college in the UK where she qualified and trained as a Nursery Nurse. Since 1997 she has worked in the childcare field in HK and the UK. Recently she has branched out into other work interests and she has her own business in trading/shipping. After joining AFHK in 2008 Becky came onto the committee in 2010. She is interested in bringing together and connecting adoptees from all over the world and more importantly adoptees from HK. She can often be found helping at AFHK functions and is a central point for adult adoptees wanting to know more about adoption in Hong Kong. Becky is grateful for the support, friendship and community that AFHK offers to those touched by adoption.

Janice Kwong

Social Work & Professional Community Advisor

Being a registered social worker in Hong Kong for more than 20 years and worked in Mother’s Choice for12 years as the Manager of the Adoption Services her last position, she currently works as a Senior Lecturer cum Fieldwork Coordinator for Bachelor of Social Work in Saint Francis University. During her time in Mother’s Choice, she worked to ensure that every waiting child is placed in a loving, stable & permanent family as quickly as possible, and helped them thrive during their lifelong adoption journey with their adoptive parents, no matter from Hong Kong locally or from the United States. Janice has been nominated by the U.S. Consulate, Hong Kong & Macau and joined the IVLP program in early 2023.

Maria Wong


Maria was born in Hong Kong. She finished her undergraduate studies in Australia before pursuing her MBA degree at University of Wales, UK. She is currently the Asia Regional Financial Controller of a leading British law firm and a full member of Institute of Public Accountants and Institute of Financial Accountants in Australia. She is married with one teenage daughter. Maria joined AFHK as Treasurer in early 2015. 

Teresa Lai Docherty 

Assistant Treasurer and Waiting Families Cantonese Speaking Group

Teresa is a born and bred Hong Konger!  She and her Scottish husband Mike first came across AFHK in 2011 as a "waiting family" when they were in the adoption process. They quickly became the proud adoptive parents of two children, Thomas came first, and then Megan.  Since 2012 Teresa has been volunteering with the organization, working on many events from start to finish and then establishing the waiting and newly adoptive families’ meetings for Cantonese speakers, a first for AFHK. She is committed to supporting these families throughout their adoption journey.

Teresa believes in the importance of giving back to the community and has continued her long and multi-faceted involvement with AFHK assisting with fundraising and overseeing its financial budget as the Assistant Treasurer for many years now.

Prior to becoming a mother Teresa worked in business management. She always enjoys meeting people from different parts of the world and traveling to get to know other cultures, people, languages, and life experiences is one of her favorite hobbies. 

Steering Committee Support

Debra Hu

Outreach, Programme & Admin Assistant  

Debra's journey has taken her from Taiwan to Canada and beyond, before finally settling in Hong Kong with her husband and two sons. With over 20 years of experience in hospitality and retail, she's now dedicating her skills and expertise to a new purpose.  She is passionate about tennis and serves as captain of two teams, in addition to volunteering on the HKLTL committee.  Debra is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in Cantonese. She's thrilled to be a part of the AFHK family and community.

Non-Steering Committee Team Members

Janice Henderson

Single Parents Co-Coordinator

Jan has been supporting the Single Parents group at AFHK now for over 12 years.  As a single parent with an adopted daughter, she is happy to share many years of experience with our AFHK members.

Liana Johnson

Single Parents Co-Coordinator

Liana has been a co-coordinator since 2021. She is a single parent of an adopted daughter. Liana is happy to talk about her experiences with adoption in Hong Kong, raising her daughter, or find someone who can help answer your questions.

Support Us!

If you have been connected by adoption or are interested in adoption, please partner with us by giving your time to volunteer with our steering committee or any of our other programs and initiatives. Chinese speaking volunteers are also needed to help support bilingual programs. For more information about volunteering with AFHK please visit our Volunteer Page.

We are currently looking for new people to join our team:

Social Media Support

Social Events Coordinator

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