Karen Worthington

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Karen Worthington is a Maui mama of two, a writer and editor, a children's policy attorney, and a consultant on child abuse, neglect and juvenile justice issues. She moved from Atlanta to Maui in 2010 to raise her daughters near family, her husband Mark Crowe grew up on Maui and most of his family lives here. Karen pursues her passions of social justice and writing through two complementary businesses: Karen Worthington Consulting, focused on childrenês rights and well-being, and Lightning Bolt Writing, a commercial writing business targeting clients in law, technology, health care and communications. Her work portfolio includes an eclectic range of projects such as: Serving as the coordinator for the Ho•'oikaika Partnership, a coalition of over 40 organizations and individuals working to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maui County. Teaching an online child advocacy class at UH Manoa. Conducting research, writing, and editing for a number of Hawaii and Georgia child-serving organizations. Writing blogs, white papers, newsletters, marketing collateral and articles for businesses and publications such as Mauimama Magazine. As can be seen from her Mauimama Magazine articles and other parenting publications, Karen enthusiastically studies and shares the latest research on children's nutrition, children's health, toxins in the home, and raising compassionate children. An area of special interest for Karen is the developmental needs of adolescent girls, especially in the context of trauma. A sampling of her writing on this includes her blog posts –Five Answers That Will Change the Future,” and –A Path from Girlhood to Womanhood for Girls in Foster Care.” The administration of psychotropic medications to youth is another area of research interest, culminating in the publication of the policy report, –Psychotropic Meds for Youth in Foster Care: Who Decides?,” followed by several national presentations on the topic. Karen believes that –service is the rent we pay for living,” as so eloquently stated by her heroine Marian Wright Edelman, and to live out this adage, Karen serves as president of the Imua Family Services board of directors and as a member of the EPIC •Ohana board. She also volunteers at St. John's Episcopal Church and her daughters' schools. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, playing games, yoga, walking, hiking, reading, arts and crafts projects, and going to the beach.


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