Newark Advisory Board Member
Kareemah Harris- Baker is currently a Program Support Supervisor with NJ Department of Children and Families’ Office of Adoption Operations. In this capacity, she serves as consultant regarding policy and regulation relative to planning for children with a permanency goal of adoption. Kareemah’s experience includes investigating cases and planning for children who have been victims of abuse/neglect, the supervision of frontline and supervisory staff, and the facilitation of the agency’s Qualitative Review (QR) process. The QR is administered via the Office of Performance Management and Accountability and is the agency’s process for assessment and evaluation of system performance, as it relates to supportive services provided to families.
Kareemah believes that in order for any young person to be most successful, there should be a multidisciplinary approach to ensure support of the whole child. A product of many youth enrichment programs provided by the city of Newark, she is passionate about including the voice of the child in planning processes, while collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure best outcomes.
Kareemah received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Seton Hall University, and her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration in Newark, NJ.