Nakisha “Kisha” Freeman, LMSW, joined NCCD in 2019 after serving 14 years as a social worker, first for the Texas Department of Family Protective Services and later for Casey Family Programs, providing in-home prevention services and permanency support services for children placed out of home and for young adults. This work allowed her to gain experiences and knowledge in working with youth and families through adoptions, kinship family support, and reunification with birth parents both pre- and post-termination.
Kisha has been trained in trauma-informed practices such as a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS), and the Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST). She has skills with navigating safety-organized practice tools, team facilitation, practice coaching, facilitating case consultations, developing tools to support child protection work, and continuous quality improvement processes.
Kisha has presented at national and jurisdictional conferences across the country regarding best practices targeted at older youth in foster care. She has partnered in community efforts to address disproportionality within child welfare systems, celebrating birth parents who successfully reunify with their children after they have entered the foster system. Kisha is passionate about working with an intersectional lens and creating equitable child welfare systems.
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