Karin Malm

Karin E. Malm

Senior Program Area Director, Child Welfare at Child Trends Inc

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Location:
7315 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 1200W, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
HQ Phone:
(240) 223-9200

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Experience

Research Associate  - Human Services and Population Center

Education

B.A. degree  - economics , University of Iowa

master's degree  - family studies , University of Maryland

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Karin Malm, MS, Director for Child Welfare and Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends

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Karin Malm Karin Malm Senior Research Scientist and Senior Program Area Director, Child Welfare, Bethesda, MD Karin Malm is a widely published expert on the full breadth of child welfare programs and policy. She has 25 years of experience conducting research and evaluations on issues including adoption and kinship care, foster care, family preservation and support, child protective services, and nonresident father support and engagement. Beyond her many reports and briefs, she was one of the primary authors of the 2003 book Kinship Care: Making the Most of a Valuable Resource. Ms. Malm serves as a senior advisor on Child Trends' evaluation partnership with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a large-scale effort by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to help young people successfully transition from foster care. She served as Principal Investigator on the earliest large-scale, comprehensive evaluation of adoption recruitment (the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Initiative of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption) and directed rigorous evaluations of intensive relative search and engagement interventions (Family Finding). Ms. Malm was also the author of a groundbreaking report, "What About the Dads? Child Welfare Agencies' Efforts to Identify, Locate and Involve Nonresident Fathers," published in 2006. The report prompted funding for a federal Administration for Children and Families Quality Improvement Center on Non-resident Fathers and Child Welfare. She was also the principal investigator for federal contracts involving the development of two national surveys: the National Survey of Adoptive Parents and the National Survey of Children in Non-parental Care. Blogs by Karin Malm External Publications by Karin Malm

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Karin Malm
Senior Program Area Director for Child Welfare and Senior Research Scientist Education: M.S., Family Studies, University of Maryland Read More Share This Karin Malm photo Karin Malm Senior Program Area Director for Child Welfare and Senior Research Scientist Education: M.S., Family Studies, University of Maryland Karin Malm has over 20 years of experience conducting research and evaluation of child welfare programs, including adoption and kinship care, foster care, family preservation and support, child protective services and domestic violence collaborative efforts, and nonresident father support and engagement. She recently served as the principal investigator on an experimental evaluation of the Wendy's Wonderful Kids adoption recruitment program, the primary initiative of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In addition, she directs several experimental evaluations of an intensive relative search model, Family Finding, increasingly being implemented by child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for foster children. Over the years, Karin has studied many aspects of kinship care and is currently examining kinship diversion practices and developing the survey instrument for a National Survey of Children in Nonparental Care. She is the co-author of Adoption USA: A Chartbook based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Karin also authored What About the Dads?

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