Hope Kamer is a Policy Advocate over Family-Based Services. In this role, Hope is the primary staff to the Foster Family Agency (FFA) and Adoption Committees of the Alliance and works on public policy issues impacting FFAs, Adoption Agencies, and Wraparound providers.

Prior to joining the Alliance in January 2022, Hope was the Lead Policy Analyst at Seneca Family of Agencies. At Seneca, Hope supported the agency’s advocacy work across family-serving systems, including education, behavioral health, immigration, child welfare, and the juvenile criminal court system. Prior to working at Seneca, Hope worked as a Policy Associate at John Burton Advocates for Youth, supporting JBAY’s work to improve the quality of life for foster youth, former foster youth, and youth experiencing homelessness.

Before moving into public policy, Hope held direct service roles as a school social worker and a case manager for families experiencing homelessness. Hope is passionate about building safe, responsive, and family-directed care systems, including crisis response mechanisms for individuals with mental health needs that are alternatives to law enforcement.

Hope has a Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a Master’s in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, where she received the Excellence is Social Welfare Research Award.

Email Hope at [email protected]