Kristen Weber provides external technical assistance to jurisdictions working to address racial inequities. She leads CSSP’s Institutional Analysis project (IA), a qualitative review process to analyze laws, policies and practices that contribute to poor outcomes for particular populations involved with child welfare systems. Kristen has conducted IAs and written accompanying papers about child welfare system contributors to racial disproportionality and disparities in achieving permanency experienced by Black and Latiné children, youth, and families; systems’ responses to battered women and their children; and system contributors to the lack of safety and affirmation experienced by LGBTQ+ youth and families.
Kristen also focused on improving outcomes for LGBTQ+ kids through CSSP’s getREAL initiative that lifted awareness, built a network of child welfare jurisdictions focused on better serving LGBTQ+ youth and their families, and tested the collection and use of SOGIE data in support of the healthy sexual and identity development of youth in foster care.
Kristen currently leads CSSP’s contributions to the upEND Movement—an endeavor that CSSP co-created and co-launched with the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work to support the abolition of the current child welfare system that separate families and to develop and strengthen community-based approaches to keep families together.
Kristen serves as a faculty member for Foster America—a fellowship program whose mission is to improve the lives of America’s more vulnerable children by building a pipeline of leaders and innovators who will help transform child welfare systems. She has worked on several Quality Improvement Centers including the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence and Child Welfare and the Quality Improvement Center on Family Reunification. She also has served on teams monitoring federal consent decrees to improve the child welfare systems in Washington, DC and New Jersey. Previously, Kristen was a staff attorney/Skadden Fellow, Legal Services for Children in San Francisco where she provided formal and informal legal interventions to at-risk children and youth.