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Jeff Katz
Jeff Katz is the founder of Listening to Parents ( and on Facebook), a national organization dedicated to eliminating unnecessary barriers that prevent children in foster care from being adopted. Jeff consults to states and non-profit organizations about improving adoption services and child welfare reform. He regularly speaks at conferences and parent group meetings.

Jeff spent 10 years as the Executive Director of Adoption Rhode Island, an agency that recruits families to adopt children from Rhode Island’s child welfare system. In that role he was active in many reform efforts on both a state and national level.

Jeff attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Public Service Fellow and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration. After completing his Masters at Harvard, Jeff served as a Fellow at the Kennedy School, where he developed the Listening to Parents Project, a national study of how prospective adoptive parents are treated by public child welfare agencies. He also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University.

Entries by Jeff Katz

Federal Legislation Can Remove Adoption Barriers

(29) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:24 PM

In November of 1995, President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted an event to honor National Adoption month. The most powerful moment came when a teenage girl from Oklahoma read a gut-wrenching poem about her desire to be part of a family. That speech so moved Hillary Clinton that...

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California Adoption -- Why Is It So Hard to Adopt From Foster Care?

(20) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 11:27 AM

Son in bathtub -- "Daddy look at me, I'm a chocolate milkshake with whipped cream (suds) on top, do you want to put a straw in me and drink me up!?!? " TEARS OF LAUGHTER!!!! :-)

That was a recent Facebook post by James Higgins, child advocate, adoptive father of...

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Roots and Wings -- What We Owe Children in Foster Care

(29) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 1:49 PM

It is said that the most important things we give our kids are both roots and wings. In a few short days, my youngest daughter will be heading off to college. As Samantha leaves the nest, I know that she has solid roots -- a family that loves her, a...

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Haitian Adoption: What It Says About America

(10) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 1:45 PM

The New York Times published a magnificent story about the Heaton family of Roca, Nebraska (population 130), who are in the process of adopting two Haitian girls, ages 7 and 2. Like 900 other Haitian children just flown to the United States, these children had been in the...

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Adoption Scandal: Interstate Barriers Keep Kids in Foster Care

(14) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 9:04 AM

For many years, I ran an agency in Rhode Island that recruits families to adopt children from the state's child welfare system. Like many similar organizations, we had a waiting child feature on a local TV station.

Following a "Tuesday's Child" spot about a 7-year-old black boy named Justin,...

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