My name is Judy Russell. I grew up in Richmond, KY and was raised by my great-grandmother. I was an infant when she became my caregiver at 70 years old. In my mid 20’s I became the kinship caregiver to my sister’s three children, who I eventually adopted. In my career, I worked for the Department for Community Based Services for 12 years in child welfare and adult protective services. After this, I worked at a high school for 10 years as a school social worker and worked with teens who were struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and school attendance. I currently work at an elementary school providing mental health counseling supports to children. I know many of the struggles and dilemmas that are faced as a kinship caregiver, but I also know firsthand how important it is to the children you care for. I hope that my experiences in my personal and professional life can benefit others as they provide support to the children in their care.