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Kathryn Kuennen, MSW, Associate Director of Children's Services
Ms. Kuennen provides leadership and vision in the design and implementation of USCCB/MRS's protection efforts for vulnerable migrating children. She oversees a national network of more than 200 diocesan and other community-based social service agencies providing family reunification and specialized foster care services to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children. She has over nine years of experience working with refugee and immigrant populations and programs. Ms. Kuennen began this career as a full-time volunteer with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked as a case manager at a shelter care program for unaccompanied, undocumented children funded by the Division of Children's Services at HHS/ORR and this direct experience provided a strong foundation for her continued work on behalf of unaccompanied, migrating children. Ms. Kuennen has a Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame.
Tosin Ogunyoku King, MSW, Assistant Director of Foster CareMs. King oversees foster care and other specialized placements and services for migrating and refugee children through a national network of Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) programs. Ms. King co-authored a white paper on the social and demographic trends of children referred to the URM foster care programs. She has more than 20 years of experience working with children and youth through direct practice, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and program administration through U.S., West African, and Danish projects encompassing child welfare, youth development, and community engagement. Ms. King served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea and Mali in West Africa before receiving a Master's in Social Work from The Catholic University of America. Ms. King's own childhood history as an unaccompanied and undocumented child in foster care in the United States inspires her commitment to strengthening and expanding services for unaccompanied and vulnerable children.
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