As Director of Child Welfare Policy at the Federation, Kadi oversees a variety of substantive policy and administrative matters impacting Federation membership and the child welfare system, focusing on foster care, adoption, residential treatment and juvenile justice, and including matters of health, mental health, education, and youth transitioning from care.
Kadi conducts strategic policy analyses, researches issues, and drafts reports for internal and external distribution. This includes development of the Policy Press, a bi-weekly newsletter updating member agency executive directors on the most current state budget and national policy news.
Kadi also works to support and identify opportunities for innovative partnerships with the public and private sector, universities, and government agencies to advance Federation outreach. Kadi coordinates with outside partners to identify areas of common work and consensus, and to advocate collectively for positive change for children and families. Kadi creates tools and resources for the advocacy efforts Federation members engage in, especially as they relate to the child welfare reform efforts underway as a result of the Children’s Rights lawsuit settlement agreement, and interaction with the Legislature.
Kadi joined the Federation staff in June of 2009 after completing a year-long internship at the Federation through the MSU School of Social Work Master’s program.