Kevin Campbell is an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model, a set of strategies now utilized throughout the United States and Canada to establish lifelong supports for youth in foster care. Prior to developing Family Finding, Kevin was an administrator, director and vice president in the social service sector for over 28 years.
Kevin continues to develop strategies to address the epidemic levels of loneliness that youth in foster care experience while waiting for a chance to go home to their relatives or to be adopted. He has helped over 10,000 youth achieve permanency and continues to help up to 80 foster youth per week through his advanced permanency trainings and technical assistance with agencies nationwide. To date, he has worked with over 200 jurisdictions across over 40 states and Canada. You can learn more about the trainings Kevin offers here.
Kevin also played a major role in the passing of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, one of the most significant pieces of child welfare legislation in the last 15 years. Kevin worked with Congressman Jim McDermott regarding the inclusion of Family Finding in the Federal bill. The bill passed the House of Representatives on September 17, 2008, and passed unanimously by the Senate on September 22, 2008. It was signed into law by President Bush on October 7, 2008. As part of this expansive child welfare reform bill, it is now required that every child entering foster care must receive Kevin’s innovative Family Finding strategies. On September 29th, 2011, President Obama signed the Children and Family Services Improvement and Innovations Act which also included Family Finding as an innovative strategy crucial to improving America’s child welfare system. Family Finding was also presented to the United States Supreme Court by Judge Leonard Edwards, recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.
Kevin’s work has been featured in dozens of national publications including being twice been featured on CBS’ 60 MINUTES with Lesley Stahl, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time Magazine. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary From Place to Place, a film on the realities of aging out of the foster care system. Kevin continues to speak on the issue of youth permanency throughout the United States and Canada and has published numerous articles on the subject.
Kevin collaborates with Seneca Family of Agencies, a non-profit California based agency that seeks to improve the lives of families and their children in the area education, mental health and child welfare. Together they work to provide training and technical assistance on the implementation of Family Finding.
I am thrilled to announce the first-ever training exploring the integration of Signs of Safety and Family Finding! This 4-day workshop will fill fast so book early to join Andrew Turnell, and Kevin Campbell at the beautiful Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN on October 21-24. Click Here to Learn More and Register.