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Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.
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Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of The Children’s Village, The Institute’s Center for Child Welfare Research at the Children’s Village Institute, and the President of Harlem Dowling. The Children’s Village and Harlem Dowling provide a broad continuum of programs including evidence-based support for families, shelters for homeless youth and immigrant children, alternatives to incarceration, non-secure detention, adoption and foster care services, alternative schools, affordable housing, and specialized services for more 11,000 children and families annually.

Dr. Kohomban is a noted expert in child welfare and his leadership successes have been noted by The New York Times, NPR and other publications. In their story discussing the child welfare crisis in New York, City Limits magazine identified Dr. Kohomban as a leader with a “clear vision for the future.” In his book, From Pariahs to Partners, How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, author David Tobis describes him as “one of the most parent-focused, reform-minded, and effective administrators in the field of child welfare”. In 2013 Dr. Kohomban was honored by the Child Welfare League of America for Exemplary Innovative Service Resulting in Positive and Successful Outcomes for Children and in 2011 by the Alliance for Children and Families with the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field.

Dr. Kohomban currently serves on the boards of the Child Welfare Watch, Child Welfare Organizing Project, Alliance for Children and Families, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems, and Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Washington D.C. based American Youth Work Center which publishes the periodical Youth Today, and Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel. He has earned a reputation as a leader who effectively blends human services with accountability and a pragmatic business sense. Dr. Kohomban is the author of a number of articles and a nationally recognized speaker on topics of organizational leadership, system reform, and family-focused service delivery.

Dr. Kohomban is a vocal advocate for juvenile justice and child welfare reform. He provided expert testimony to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force which, together with support from The Vera Institute of Justice, produced a blueprint for juvenile justice reform in New York State. He is a member of the Westchester County Department of Social Services’ Advisory Council, NYC’s Division for Youth and Family Justice Advisory Board, and co-chair of the New York State Strategic Plan Action Committee Local Continuum and Coordination Structure on Juvenile Justice. Dr. Kohomban received his undergraduate degree from Teacher’s College in Kansas, his Masters from Long Island University, New York and his Ph.D. from the School for Leadership in Virginia.

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Survival Is Not Enough: Help Children Thrive, Not Just Survive

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Co-authored by Lia T Schwartz, Senior Communications Officer at The Children's Village

In the January 8 edition of Time magazine, Marianne Page and Ann Huff Stevens conclude that "Despite the Statistics, We Haven't Lost the War on Poverty." We may...

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It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:38 PM

As a high school senior, Vaughan Thorpe stole a pair of Gucci loafers and was convicted of robbery, trading his prom and high school graduation for a prison sentence. Thorpe was a good kid, working to support his family and excelling in school, but his terrible choice derailed everything. Only...

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New York: The Tale of Two Cities

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 5:39 PM

When Bill de Blasio moved into Gracie Mansion, he became mayor of 59 community districts that constitute New York City. As he eloquently described during his campaign, these districts comprise two distinct cities that have very little in common.

For example, just 8* of the 59 districts make up...

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