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Children's Services Management

Main Office Phone:  202-541-3081

Kristyn Peck, MSW, Associate Director of Children's Services

Ms. Peck 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.  Specializing in the intersection of immigration and child welfare, her experience includes developing and coordinating a national case management program for foreign-born victims of human trafficking at USCCB/MRS; as a Child Protection Specialist within the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) unit at the department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service as an advocate for the best interests of unaccompanied children.  Ms. Peck has testified in Congress and has served as a subject-matter expert at conferences in the U.S. and internationally.  She has a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Kathryn Kuennen, MSW, Assistant Director of Family Reunification 

Ms. Kuennen oversees a national program that provides home assessment and family preservation services to ensure safe reunifications of families separated by migration. 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.

Anne Mullooly, MSSW, Assistant Director of Foster Care

Ms. Mullooly is responsible for the vision and leadership regarding USCCB/MRS support of unaccompanied children in the U.S. by providing coordination of foster care placement and services for migrating and refugee children through a national network of Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) programs. Ms. Mullooly recently co-authored a book on the URM program, highlighting guiding principles and promising practices of this unique model of care. She has more than 15 years of professional experience spanning from clinical social work to developing and implementing national service programs for vulnerable foreign-born populations. Ms. Mullooly served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin.




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