Georgia CASA is one of my favorite non-profits and in this episode, you will meet Jen King, Georgia CASA's dynamic and passionate Executive Director. Now serving 156 out of 159 Georgia counties, the more than 2700 CASA volunteers support children in care.
Jen and I talk about the support CASA's provide to hurting children and how the organization sees themselves as a healing partner for hurting families. Jen emphasizes the need to see the strengths of families that find themselves involved in the child welfare system and to understand that just like many of us, they have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACES). "When families are in crisis, it's important to offer hope and healing and not to villainize them," says Jen. Georgia CASA is leaning in to addressing disparities and ensuring that all children in care receive the support you need. We also talked about what communities can do to support families in care and the policy work Georgia CASA is doing with their partners.
Bio: In May 2018, Jen King was selected to succeed Georgia CASA's longest serving Executive Director (18 years) as the 5th director in the organization's 30-year history. Jennifer 'Jen' King, served as the Program Operations Director, coordinating training and support services for local CASA affiliates, including 200 staff, 500 board members and 2700 volunteers. Her leadership over the past 20+ years has helped to propel the statewide CASA organization into a dynamic, well-respected network. With degrees in nonprofit administration and child development, Jen has dedicated her career to making connections with and on behalf of children and families, alongside advocates and nonprofit leaders, and the larger community. She has worked with United Way of Greater Atlanta, National CASA, and many groups and committees involved in strengthening communities.
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Music: Zach Price
Produced by: Zach Price