Kristen Weber leads CSSP’s internal strategic vision for addressing equity internally at CSSP and externally provides technical assistance to jurisdictions working to address racial inequities. She leads CSSP’s team working on the upEND movement—a movement focused on abolishing the current child welfare system and reimagining care for children and families. For more information see www.upENDmovement.org.
She also 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. She has conducted IAs and written accompanying papers about child welfare system contributors to racial disproportionality and disparities in achieving permanency experienced by Black and Latinx 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.
Ms. Weber 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. She recently was a part of a technical assistance team on the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence and Child Welfare and also has served on teams monitoring federal consent decrees to improve the child welfare systems in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Weber 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.