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Kris is a fearless advocate for children’s rights.
In 2004, with the mentorship of Kids to Kids cofounder Joanne Mcsweeny and Kris’s mother, Kris opened two homes in Ventura County for at-risk youth. Since then, Kris has devoted her efforts toward providing a safe haven for girls to regain their strength.
As the founder and CEO of 4Kids2Kids, Inc., Kris operates two homes dedicated to treating local adolescent survivors of child sex trafficking.
Kris says, “4Kids2Kids provides safe homes for sex trafficking survivors where they can heal, keep hope alive, and work through their traumas of abuse, abandonment and neglect.”
Her vision is to offer a therapeutic and child friendly environment where survivors gain strength to help themselves and mentor others.
It is upon this vision that that “House of Hope” and “S.A.F.E. HOUSE” were opened.
In 2017, Kris was pronounced “WOMAN OF THE YEAR” by the Junior League of Santa Barbara. She sits on the Human Trafficking Task Force in Santa Barbara and the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (“C-SEC”) Collaborative for Ventura County.
Kris sits on the board of the Garza Rodriguez Family Services, which runs two homes for at-risk boys. She also sits on the board of Compass Ventura, a non-profit dedicated to improving mental health care for LGBTQ youth.
Kris is a licensed RFA Foster Parent with Ventura County. She is blessed with two grown daughters, a son Jimmy she was blessed to adopt and three foster daughters as well as six grandchildren.
Kris has a brother, Casey, and a sister, Lorie.
Karie is a speaker, survivor, and advocate for those who are affected by trafficking and associated in the anti- trafficking community.
Karie’s journey began in the late 1980’s at the age of 13 when her mother’s mental illness and addiction drove her to traffic her own daughter to support her meth habit. But, she was lucky, and at age 16, sitting in a treatment facility two states away, she felt she was one of the lucky ones to have a second chance a life. But, shame can be difficult to outrun, and forgiveness can be one step forward and two steps back.
She shares her story in hopes that we can come together as a community, in order to find support for in one another and long-term solutions.
Karie is the Office Manager of a Federal Law Firm in Southern California.