is KCSL’s Adoptive Family Specialist for the From Heart to Home Infant Adoption program. Jennifer graduated from Wichita State University in 1993 with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She is licensed by the state of Kansas. Jennifer is so excited and happy to be back working in adoption for KCSL. She first came to KCSL in 2007 and worked in the adoption field as a Wendy Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter for children who need an adoptive home that have been in foster care and need more individualized and specific recruitment in order to find them a family. She then moved to a position at KCSL as a Resource Home Social Worker providing support to foster and adoptive families affiliated with KCSL until July 2012. She then took a position as a Case Manager at the Workforce Alliance as to gain further experience working with low income youth with barriers who needed support and resources to complete their educational and career goals.
Jennifer has over 20 years of social work experience and 15 of those are in foster care and adoption. She began her career at Gerard House, a maternity home for unwed mothers. She provided counseling to clients in the areas of parenting education, life skills, independent living, budgeting, and maternal, fetal and child development. She also assisted clients with secondary education, vocational training, employment and obtaining new living arrangements. Jennifer also worked at Lutheran Social Services as an Adoption Social Worker when privatization first started in the state. She wrote home studies, helped match families with children available for adoption, taught MAPP classes and also managed a caseload of children who were going to be adopted. This experience started her passion for adoption and working with both families and children. She has a big heart for adoption and is proud to work in the field to help families through the process.
Jennifer is also a wife of a firefighter and a mother of two. She is also a big animal lover and would rescue every dog and cat that needed a home if she could. She enjoys living in the country and working out in the yard and fixing up her old farmhouse. Jennifer is also a big fan of watching Wichita State Shockers basketball and Steelers football.