“Family to me is not just a word, it’s a feeling. Those who make me and my children feel blessed, loved, appreciated, respected, helped, needed and embraced are family.”
Eastern Region Program Manager
(800) 805-2505, ext. 8
Kim Velasquez has a personal interest in working with parents to strengthen their families. As a teen mom, Kim understands firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate the system, build trusting relationships and remain resilient. Having to enter the workforce at an early age to care for her daughter Yasmine, Kim exited high school after 9 th grade and earned her GED at the age of 16. Determined to set an example for Yasmine, Kim enrolled in Camden County College at the age of 21. In 2004, Kim welcomed her second child, Aaron. In 2005, Kim graduated with honors receiving her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with a History Concentration. Kim continued her education at Rutgers University-Camden where she earned her Bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2007.
Kim’s entry in the workforce post college was in the private sector working as a Legal Assistant. Feeling disconnected from her passion to help families, Kim decided to pursue a career in the public sector. She began working in nonprofit in 2009 in Philadelphia in Case Management assisting families in the child welfare system. Feeling dismayed by the lack of resources available to her clients, Kim transitioned from case management to community outreach as a Strengthening Families Coordinator. It was in this work that Kim became exposed to and transformed both professionally and personally by the Protective Factors Framework.
In 2015, Kim joined Be Strong Families as a consultant on the East Coast. In July 2016, Kim was brought on board full-time as a National Training Coordinator and Executive Assistant to President & CEO. Kim serves on the event committee of New Jersey’s Christian Pentecostal Church of Camden’s Annual March Against Child Abuse and provides consulting services for Bird’s Nest Youth Mentoring in Philadelphia, PA.