Theresa Kennedy returned to the Department of Children and Families as the Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Southeast and Southern Regions in January 2018. In her current role she provides guidance to Child Protection Investigators, Case Management staff and community providers related to the identification and service provision of Human Trafficking victims, as well as assisting with the development of legislation, policy and procedures related to this issue. In 1997 Ms. Kennedy was hired as a Family Services Counselor and during her time with the Department she was promoted to Family Services Counselor Supervisor. In 2003, Mrs. Kennedy accepted a position with ChildNet, Inc. and served as their first Service Center Director during Broward County’s transition to community based care. For the past five years Ms. Kennedy served as the Program Officer of Case Management, Adoption and Youth Services for ChildNet, Inc. Her areas of expertise include independent living services, missing persons, intake, case management, adoptions, termination of parental rights, performance management, advocacy, service and resource networking, and community partner development. Theresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fordham University, and is a Certified Child Welfare Professional. She is the former Co-Chair of the Statewide Independent Living Advisory Council and Florida Coalition for Children Independent Living Sub Committee.