Jeff Katz

Founder, Listening to Parents

Jeff Katz is the founder of Listening to Parents ( and on Facebook), a national organization dedicated to eliminating unnecessary barriers that prevent children in foster care from being adopted. Jeff consults to states and non-profit organizations about improving adoption services and child welfare reform. He regularly speaks at conferences and parent group meetings.

Jeff spent 10 years as the Executive Director of Adoption Rhode Island, an agency that recruits families to adopt children from Rhode Island’s child welfare system. In that role he was active in many reform efforts on both a state and national level.

Jeff attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Public Service Fellow and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration. After completing his Masters at Harvard, Jeff served as a Fellow at the Kennedy School, where he developed the Listening to Parents Project, a national study of how prospective adoptive parents are treated by public child welfare agencies. He also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University.