Who We Are

Moving in the Direction of Hope

FamilyForward’s highly skilled staff, evidence-based practices, and strong partnerships with leading educational institutions and researchers positions the agency to utilize innovative tools and practices to formulate better insights and achieve better outcomes for children and families.

Vision

FamilyForward leads the community in providing innovative solutions for advancing safer, healthier relationships for children and families.

Mission

FamilyForward moves vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families.

Founded

To better serve the community, Children’s Home Society of Missouri and Family Resource Center officially united to become FamilyForward on April 1, 2017. Together, the agencies have 169 years of experience helping children and families.

FamilyForward is a movement and the name for the merged entity of two of St. Louis’ most accomplished, leading-edge non-profit organizations. FamilyForward is the direction for hope and for new opportunities to build safer, healthier relationships for children and families.

6 Geographic Sites

6

Geographic Sites

182 Clinical, professional, and administrative personnel

182

Clinical, professional, and administrative personnel

483 Actively engaged volunteers

483

Actively engaged volunteers

100 Professional members on Governance and Advocacy Boards

100

Professional members on Governance and Advocacy Boards

Executive Team

Karen E. Nolte, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ahrens

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Neukirch, LCSW

Chief Program Officer

Eileen McGhee, MA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Craig T. Biehle, MSW

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Jessica L. Dederer, MHA

Chief Development Officer

Governance Board

  • Douglas R. Beach
  • Gwendolyn Belle
  • Megan Bittle
  • Greta Brown
  • Ken Cella
  • Wendy Chambers
  • Brian Clevinger, PhD
  • Michael Daming
  • Michael DiSalvo
  • Rachel D’Souza-Siebert
  • James Elder
  • Edgar Ellermann
  • Steven Goldstein
  • Matt Harvey
  • Salvador Hernandez
  • Jan L. Hess
  • Laura Holt
  • Matt Hunt
  • Pamela S. Jordan
  • Tom LaMantia
  • Timothy Leon
  • Gregg J. Lepper
  • Earl Ming
  • Juliane M. Praiss
  • Aki Puryear, MD
  • Christopher Reid
  • Sarah Salky
  • Susan Stith
  • William C. Stude