Kathleen McNaught, J.D., is an Assistant Staff Director of Child Welfare at the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law. Kathleen provides training and technical assistance around the country on a variety of legal child welfare issues, in particular issues related to the educational needs of children in foster care. She is the Project Director for the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a national technical assistance and training resource and clearinghouse on the educational needs of children in foster care. She has authored several publications on the topic, including Learning Curves: Education Advocacy for Children in Foster Care, and Mythbusting: Breaking Down Confidentiality and Decision-Making Barriers to Meet the Education Needs of Children in Foster Care. Kathleen has also written on the issue of achieving permanency for older adolescents in care including a guide for judges and attorneys on the unique needs and issues faces by older youth aging out of the foster care system. Prior to joining the Center, Kathleen spent 7 years practicing law in the state of Maryland. She was a staff attorney for three years for Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau in their Child Advocacy Unit. She then went on to private practice, representing parents and children in child welfare cases, as well as in education, delinquency and custody matters. She received her J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law in 1994, and her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1991.
Kristin Kelly, J.D., is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. At the Center, Kristin works primarily in the areas of youth transitioning from foster care, youth empowerment, and the educational needs of children in foster care. She provides training and technical assistance across the country on these topics, including providing expertise around the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act through the Capacity Building Center for Courts. Additionally, she is a staff member of the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a national technical assistance and training resource and clearinghouse on the educational needs of children in foster care. She has authored numerous articles and publications including the education advocacy chapter of the National Association of Counsel for Children’s textbook, Child Welfare Law and Practice. Prior to joining the ABA, Kristin served as a guardian ad litem as well as a legal mediator in domestic relations cases. Kristin obtained her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.