An international adoptee and former foster child herself, Katy learned personally what the child welfare system was doing right — and what it was doing wrong. In fact, homelessness and mental illness prevented her own birthmother for being able to parent. Katy knew from experience that disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities are disproportionately represented in the system.
In 2014, Katy started Minnesota CarePartner — a child welfare agency that addresses mental health and chemical health needs of children and families. She saw a need for in-home services for those who cannot make it to a clinic due to physical, mental, social, financial and/or transportation barriers. Due to the racial and attachment trauma of her experience, she is dedicated to helping others who have experienced trauma in their lives, along with a historical and systematic trauma lens. She is in recovery and commits her life to trauma healing and recovery.