Serena L. Hanson, MSW is an alumni of the foster care system, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Counseling from Barclay College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University, both in Kansas, which is her home-state. After aging out of foster care, Serena began working in child welfare and giving back to the system that dramatically impacted her life.
After over 15 years working in foster care, and adoption, she has worked with countless foster and adoptive families to prepare for service, mentored youth in residential settings, supported children of all ages who are awaiting permanency through adoption, and worked with hundreds of CASA volunteers to advocate for children in the courtroom.
Serena is currently the Training Director for the Oklahoma CASA Association in Oklahoma City and is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Oklahoma – Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.
Serena also operates, independently, as a Child Welfare Consultant and Trainer and is an experienced motivational speaker, workshop and seminar facilitator, resource family developer, program administrator and advocate. She and her husband, Justin, live in Norman, OK with their four children - two boys, Shawn and Derek, ages 13 and 11 and two girls, Chloe and Sarah, ages 9 and 7.
Connect with Serena online at www.whenfostercaregoesright.com