Jennifer Cardenas, MCM — Program Manager, Transition to Adulthood

Jennifer joined the Foundation for Foster Children in 2017 as the Transition to Adulthood Program Manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Jennifer is also a certified Career Development Facilitator and enjoys using her background and education to help adolescents and young adults identify their passion and pursue life-changing educational and professional opportunities.

Jennifer was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where she worked as an advocate and educational consultant for at-risk children. In 2012, she was recognized as a Light of Hope for children through the Forsyth County CASA Guardian Ad Litem program.  After finishing graduate school, she was an Advocacy Case Manager with CASA of Forsyth County until she and her family relocated to Florida in 2014. Jennifer was the Program Supervisor with the Take Stock in Children program for Seminole County Public Schools before joining The Foundation.

In 2000, Jennifer met her husband, John, while working with a group home for medically fragile infants in foster care.  She has continued to be a voice for children and shares that “joining The Foundation for Foster Children is a full-circle opportunity” from the time she first realized her passion for supporting children in out of home care. Jennifer and her husband have three children and their household is run by a paralyzed dog named Puddles.