Kenney joins PCSAO to oversee strategic initiatives
Mike Kenney joins the staff of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio this week in a new position as director of strategic initiatives.
Kenney is the co-founder and former executive director of Kinnect (formerly Waiting Child Fund), a Cleveland-based nonprofit that continues to lead innovative statewide initiatives that improve permanency outcomes for children in foster care. His leadership led to rapid expansion in Kinnect’s programming related to family finding, kinship navigator services and permanency for older and LGBTQ youth. During his time there, Kenney spearheaded five highly regarded statewide convenings designed to bring vision and transformation to the children services system. He is also a sought-after trainer, coach and speaker.
“My career in the field of child welfare began with a focus on permanency, and my commitment to strengthening families and communities has grown every day since,” Kenney said. “I have a passion and drive to improve the education and support provided to our front-line staff who work each day with vulnerable children and families.”
At PCSAO, Kenney will oversee the association’s role in the new Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and implement strategic modernization initiatives related to practice and safety culture. “PCSAO’s membership will benefit from Mike’s vision, drive and inspiration,” said PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser. “His skills in implementation science and change management will be critical as Ohio confronts transformational changes in children services this year.”
A 2000 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kenney has also had stints in the Cleveland Heights School District and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. He is a past president of Family Builders Network, a national professional child welfare membership organization, and former board member of Voice for Adoption in Washington, DC.