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Foster Care Reform Analyst

Jessica BarnettFoster Care Reform Analyst

Jessica Barnett is a researcher dedicated to advocating for the safety and future of America’s most vulnerable children.

As a policy analyst at The Center for The Rights of Abused Children, Jessica is responsible for researching and promoting reforms that protect abused children in foster care.

With what began as a childhood dream of opening a home for abandoned children, Jessica is now inspired by the countless young people overcoming heartbreaking adversity—and this drives her to create systemic change that helps prevent abuse and protects the lives of these children.

Before joining The Center for the Rights of Abused Children, she worked as a senior policy analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation, focused on expanding accountability in state government and promoting criminal justice reforms. Now a senior fellow, she helps individuals overcome their criminal records and access life-long success within their communities. She is particularly proud of helping pass 2019 justice reinvestment reforms creating a fairer, more efficient criminal justice system in Pennsylvania, and for advocating for a more restorative, ethical juvenile justice system.

Jessica routinely volunteers with local nonprofits for at-risk populations and women overcoming abuse. She also dedicates her time to the non-profit, Greenlight Operation, which focuses on fighting human trafficking and helping women heal from the trauma.

Jessica holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Messiah University and a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she can be found behind a thick book of classic literature, planning her next trip with friends, and shamelessly gushing over her adorable nephews and niece.