Serena L. Hanson, MSW

Serena L. Hanson, MSW is an alumni of the foster care
system, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family
Counseling from Barclay College and a Master’s degree in
Social Work from Newman University, both in Kansas, which
is her home-state. After aging out of foster care, Serena began
working in child welfare and giving back to the system that
dramatically impacted her life.  

After over 15 years working in foster care, and adoption, she
has worked with countless foster and adoptive families to
prepare for service, mentored youth in residential settings,
supported children of all ages who are awaiting permanency
through adoption, and worked with hundreds of CASA
volunteers to advocate for children in the courtroom.

Serena is currently the Training Director for the Oklahoma
CASA Association in Oklahoma City and is an Adjunct Faculty
at the University of Oklahoma – Anne & Henry Zarrow School
of Social Work.  

Serena also operates, independently, as a Child Welfare
Consultant and Trainer and is an experienced motivational
speaker, workshop and seminar facilitator, resource family
developer, program administrator and advocate. She and her
husband, Justin, live in Norman, OK with their four children -
two boys, Shawn and Derek, ages 13 and 11 and two girls,
Chloe and Sarah, ages 9 and 7.

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