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Kim is a program manager at North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), where she has worked for 12 years. At NACAC, Kim has managed 2 national projects – Advocates for Families First (2014-2017) and Community Champions Network (2006-present). All of her work focuses on projects that support foster, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship children and families. Her duties include legislative and family advocacy, policy analysis and recommendations, curriculum development, training and capacity building, technical assistance for support and advocacy organizations, and youth empowerment activities. She also contributes to Fostering Families Today and Adoptive Families magazines, as well as NACAC’s quarterly Adoptalk newsletter on a regular basis.
Previous professional experience includes eight years with Massachusetts Families for Kids, where Kim moved from part-time Family Advocacy Coordinator to Co-Director. While at MFFK, she established the Speak Out Team, a nationally recognized model for kin/foster/adopted youth advocacy, training, and awareness-raising. She also launched the Lifelong Families for Adolescents initiative with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and assisted in successful advocacy for post-adoption services in Massachusetts.
Kim serves on the boards of directors for Voices for Vermont’s Children, Treehouse Foundation (MA), Family Builders Network (national-US), and is a member of Voice for Adoption.
In her 29 years of child welfare work, Kim has provided training and consultation on child welfare, foster care, adoption, parenting, positive youth development, advocacy and leadership, trauma and recovery, and youth permanency issues both nationally and internationally.
She and her husband, Buddy have six children, four of whom were adopted as older children from the public foster care system. They maintain informal parenting relationships with two young adults who aged out of the foster care system.
Accomplishment Highlights * 30 years of experience in public child welfare agencies. * Experience managing statewide, national, and international (Canada) projects. * Experience developing curricula and training. * Experience delivering training for trainers.
* M.Ed., Concentration: Mental Health Counseling, Cambridge College, 1995.
* (Melinda – I do not have a Bachelor’s degree, I tested out when I applied for Master’s as an older
Certifications and Training
* Certified MAPP trainer.
* Training for Adoption Competency.