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Longtime TFI employee promoted to Senior Vice President

The Family Initiative, Inc. (TFI) is pleased to announce Pam Richardson, LMSW, as the new Senior Vice President of Foster Care and Residential Services.

Richardson has more than 26 years of experience in child and family well-being services, most of which have been with TFI.

Richardson began her career as a youth care worker with Kaw Valley Residential Center in Pittsburg, Kan. She was later promoted to educational coordinator and worked with Kaw Valley until joining TFI in June of 2000. She has held various roles with TFI, including foster care worker, foster care supervisor, foster care director and vice president of foster care.

Richardson has served on many internal and external collaboratives throughout her career, as well as implemented new programs to enhance the quality of care within TFI.

“I am proud to witness the growth Pam has made during her many years with TFI and look forward to watching her thrive into the future. I have no doubt her expertise in child welfare and dedication to strengthening families will help her excel in this new role,” said Michael Patrick, TFI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President.

In her new role, Richardson will oversee and manage foster care programs in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as residential programs in Kansas and Texas. She will also oversee the expansion of service in Missouri and continue to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to drive quality, growth and positive outcomes for children in care. Her new role will also involve strategic planning, program development and operational management to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to children and families.

Richardson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. She is licensed by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board in Kansas.

In Fiscal Year 2023, TFI served more than 6,227 children in prevention, foster care, adoption, and residential services. TFI is actively recruiting foster families to provide a loving caring home to children in foster care. Foster parents are essential and vital partners who help TFI deliver quality services and support for children and families. To learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a foster parent, please call 1-833-7FOSTER.

TFI is a leading child welfare agency providing experience, compassion, quality services and care. We provide various types of services in the community and have more than 50 years of experience in providing child welfare services including foster care services, group home care, case management, independent living, psychiatric residential treatment center, behavioral health, adoption services, visitation services, and aftercare services. TFI has more than 1,000 employees providing quality services in five states.