“Creating strategies to achieve improved and equitable outcomes for families and youth involved in child welfare systems requires authentic partnering with communities and young people with lived experience.”
Debra Jenkins-Kearney is a member of the Older Youth Team at Case Commons, where she provides consultation and technical support to advance authentic youth engagement and achieve improved outcomes for older youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
Debra is an attorney with more than 15 years of experience in the child welfare system. She began her career as a Law Clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, and worked as an Assistant City Solicitor for the Philadelphia Law Department’s Health and Human Services Unit. In 2005, Debra relocated to the Washington D.C. area to work as a staff attorney for the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. In this role, she provided consultation, training and technical support to judges, attorneys, social service agencies and other child welfare stakeholders to improve permanency outcomes for children in the foster care system. Debra most recently worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the D.C. Office of Attorney General’s Child Protection Section. In this role she served a 5-year special assignment in the D.C. Superior Court’s Family Drug Treatment Program and helped to create and implement training on child welfare and the legal process for new social workers employed by the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency.