Jessica R. Kendall, JD, has over a decade of experience in law and policy research, writing and analysis, as well as providing capacity building and training assistance to U.S. federal, state, and local clients. She has conducted and directed research, writing and analysis on a broad spectrum of issues relating to vulnerable children and youth, including those in the child welfare, juvenile justice, status offense, education, and workforce systems.
Prior to joining ICF, Ms. Kendall was a staff director at the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, where she directed federal and grant-funded projects on a range of child welfare and justice topics, including those relating to father engagement, status offense system reform, child abuse and neglect registries, and youth exiting foster care. She is also an experienced litigator, having, for many years, represented children of all ages in child abuse and neglect proceedings in D.C. Family Court. She has authored or directed the publication of over 30 policy and practice books, articles and practice guides relating to court-involved children and youth and has spoken at numerous national and state conferences on issues affecting vulnerable children and families. Her publications include: The National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses; Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates; and Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes. She is also a member of ICF's Institutional Review Board.
Ms. Kendall has a JD and Certificate of Public Policy from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and a BA in psychology and political science from the University of Pennsylvania.