Role: Program Area Lead, Family Empowerment and Youth Development
Areas of Expertise: Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), protective factors, youth engagement, youth development, child sexual abuse prevention, working with LGTBQ+ youth
Years of Child Welfare Experience: 13
As the Center’s Program Area Manager for Family Empowerment and Youth Development topic areas, Madison Sandoval-Lunn leverages over a decade of lived and professional child welfare experience to lead, coordinate, and manage efforts related to promoting and enhancing family, youth, and stakeholder engagement across the Center’s service delivery and further the Children’s Bureau’s vision and priorities.
She advances these efforts by partnering with Children’s Bureau staff and cross-Center teams, including the Center’s pool of family, Young Adult, and National Authority Consultants. Prior to this role, Ms. Sandoval-Lunn served as the Center’s Senior Young Adult Consultant Coordinator, where she managed and supervised the Young Adult Consultant pool. She enhanced the Center’s practice in engaging consultants with lived expertise by providing coaching and training and operationalizing the Center’s engagement approach and framework.
Ms. Sandoval-Lunn’s expertise spans a wide breadth of knowledge, skills, and experience, including serving on federal compliance review teams as a Child and Family Services Review and National Youth in Transition Database reviewer and trainer; providing training and technical assistance to states and jurisdictions; delivering child welfare training on promotive and protective factors, youth engagement and positive youth development, child sexual abuse prevention, and working with LGTBQ+ youth; and conducting research on the engagement of lived expertise to inform and improve federal policy, research, and practice.
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