We can see it

A future where every child has a permanent and loving home. Our passion drives our mission.

Our team

Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs


Dr. Jennifer Jacobs has spent a career in leadership and problem solving: in the Army, at a national lab, in government, and in business management. She is a West Point graduate and a former White House Fellow.

Jessica Stern


Jessica Stern has 20 years’ experience in project management and philanthropic fundraising. She is passionate about minimizing family separation and helping youth recover from childhood trauma.
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Cara Dobbins


Cara Dobbins has two decades of working knowledge of management, accounting, government contracting, and customer service. She brings her enthusiasm and deep desire to bring advancement into the foster system.
Vicky Conger

Vicky Conger

Director of Finance

Vicky Conger is an accomplished financial executive who has spent most of her career working in asset management. Vicky is also a Commander in the US Navy Reserves, currently holding the position of Executive Officer for a Carrier Strike Group. She is passionate about connecting vulnerable children to a brighter future.
Beth Tyson

Beth Tyson

Director Of Trauma-Informed Practices 

Beth Tyson, MA, is a childhood trauma consultant, 3x best-selling author, and a member of the CASA Advisory Council in Delaware County, PA. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology and is passionate about serving our most vulnerable children and their families. 

Cara Dobbins

Karen Coates, MSW

Director of Family Search & Engagement Training

Karen Coates, MSW, Associate LICSW, is a dedicated professional social worker with over 33 years’ experience working with youth and their families. She enjoys utilizing her knowledge, skills, and values to meet the needs of children, youth, families, and communities through social justice advocacy and compassionate strengths-based service.

Yubi Ventura, MSW

Product Manager & Trainer

Yubi Ventura, MSW, has extensive experience working in family search and engagement. She is passionate about leveraging technology to improve outcomes for marginalized communities.
Georgette Todd

Georgette Todd

Director of Outreach

Georgette Todd brings a dual perspective on social work. She not only identifies with the population we serve but she has over a decade of experience working to create better outcomes in foster youth-centric nonprofits and county agencies.

Katie Adams

Director of Training Content

Katie has extensive experience in visual and written communications and a deep commitment to improving foster care outcomes.

Ixchel Martinez, LCSW

Social Media Manager & Advisor

Social worker and trauma therapist, Ixchel is passionate about changing the foster care experience for the next generation.


Shawn Carpenter

Technical Advisor

Navy Veteran and seasoned cyber security executive passionate about keeping our most vulnerable children safe.
Denise Fountain

Denise Fountain

SE Regional Coordinator

A committed community leader, Denise is a fierce advocate for vulnerable children and their families. She is passionate about reducing childhood trauma and spends her time introducing our free technology resources to those who can use them in the Southeast.

Jelani Freeman

Strategic Advisor and CASA Liason

As a community leader, attorney, and motivational speaker who has dedicated his life to helping children, Jelani Freeman’s commitment grew out of his own experience in foster care. He has worked in multiple agencies that serve youth, and volunteers as a CASA in Washington D.C.

Paul Garrett

Technical Advisor

Paul Garrett has been in cyber security for over 15 years and has nearly 30 years of experience in software development. He oversaw classified systems and law enforcement data-sharing solutions for the Department of Justice. He went on to co-found a mobile security company, and he then turned his focus to child family matching. He contributes on both the product side as well implementation.

Julia Valentine

Julia Valentine

Strategic Advisor

As an experienced advisor to tech start-ups on product development and strategic partnerships, Julia Valentine brings a management perspective to growth initiatives. She believes that only by alleviating all children’s suffering, will the world transform and evolve.

Jevon Wilkes

Strategic Advisor

Jevon Wilkes has worked with and advocated on behalf of California’s disconnected youth for more than 14 years. His passion for serving vulnerable youth populations comes from his lived experience with homelessness and the foster care system.

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