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Susan Badeau

Director of Knowledge Management of Casey Family Programs

Susan (Sue) Badeau writes extensively on topics related to children, particularly those with special needs and is a frequent and passionate keynote speaker and workshop leader at state, regional and national conferences. Sue and her husband, Hector, are the lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents for more than 50 children in three states, and as a host family for refugee youth from Sudan, Kosovo and Guatemala. Recently, their 30th grandchild and fourth great-grandchild were born. They have won numerous awards for their work, including being recognized by President Clinton with an "Adoption Excellence" award, and receiving an "Angels in Adoption" award from Congress - both of these awards were for their work on behalf of adoption and children in foster care. Sue has a degree in Early Child Development and Elementary Education from Smith College. She has worked as a professional for thirty three years in adoption, foster care, juvenile justice and children's mental health in both public and private agencies and has developed curricula on many topics used to prepare professional child welfare staff, adoptive and foster parents, judges, attorneys and youth. Sue is currently Director of Knowledge Management at Casey Family Programs in Pennsylvania and recently served as a Senior Fellow within the Department of Justice.

Date Created: July 9, 2020