President Obama appointed Ms. Chang as the Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau. Recently celebrating its centennial, the Children’s Bureau is the oldest Federal agency for children. Ms. Chang administers over $7 billion in Federal Programming to support the Nation’s child protection, Foster care, Guardianship and Adoption programs.
Prior to her appointment to the Children’s Bureau, Ms. Chang was the Senior Director of Public Policy at Casey Family Programs where she worked closely with state and county child welfare leaders to improve and enhance child welfare practice and with Congress on opportunities to improve national child welfare policy. Prior to coming to Casey Family Programs, JooYeun served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Her areas of expertise is in federal and state policy include child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption, children’s mental health, child welfare financing, and kinship care. She has authored several publications; worked to educate congressional staff about child welfare policies designed to protect children and support families; and identified and promoted best practices in child welfare and related issues. JooYeun is a member of the Maryland State Bar; a former board member for the National Foster Care Coalition and chair for the Policy Committee of the National Foster Care Coalition; and a former member of the Generations United Policy Committee. She received her J.D. from University of Miami School of Law where she was a Harvey T. Reid Scholar and her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.