Professional Child Welfare Experience: Since 2018
Mary-Kate Myers has over 15 years combined personal and professional experience with the child welfare system. Ms. Meyers has experience in supporting jurisdictions around child welfare systems and through the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process. She also has experience as an advocate, volunteer, teacher, and a professional in mental health and young adult support. Ms. Meyers is currently a Senior Youth Engagement CFSR Lead with the Capacity Building Center for States.
Ms. Meyers believes in using her knowledge, privilege, and voice to better the lives of others while strengthening families and communities through a combination of advocacy, support, resources, and knowledge. She has experience living in the Massachusetts Foster Care System until aging out of care and has participated in various youth mental health research projects. Ms. Meyers has been able to share her story through several panels, including the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project, L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health as well as being featured in Child Trends.
Throughout her professional career working in residential care, tutoring and mentoring youth, and educating young minds, Ms. Meyers has gained extensive skills in creative problem solving, conflict resolution, trauma coaching, advocacy, training skills, individualized service plans, and data tracking and analyzing.
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