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Kathleen Kufeldt is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She has worked directly with children and fostered teenagers and has earned an international reputation. Her academic positions have included Assistant Dean in University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work and Chair in Child Protection at Memorial University of Newfoundland. During the Year of the Child (1979), Dr. Kufeldt organized the first Canadian conference for youth in care, planting seeds for the Canadian Youth in Care Network. Her overall goal is to improve the lives of children needing protection. She publishes extensively, and her research interests include participatory action, practice demonstration, and understanding of structural issues.