Patricia Chin is a Program Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she advocates for SOUL Family, a proposed legal permanency option designed by Ms. Chin and peers who have life experience in foster care.
Ms. Chin formerly worked for EPIC ‘Ohana Inc., where, in her role as Pono Process Lead, she assisted youth in foster care who seek mediation for grievances.
Since 2018, Ms. Chin has been a member of the national advisory committee of the Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative®. She is a Jim Casey Fellow (2016 cohort) and was honored as an outstanding young leader in 2017. The Treehouse Foundation Inc. named her a 2022 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Champion. Ms. Chin is an alumna of the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board on Kaua`i, where she gained experience in legislative advocacy and public speaking, including an appearance on PBS Hawai’i. Ms. Chin holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in psychology from the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu.
Ms. Chin has 6 1/2 years of life experience in the child welfare system and is passionate about ensuring visitations for siblings in foster care and opportunities for youth in foster care to engage in normal adolescent activities and experiences like their peers outside the child welfare system