Jennifer Horsley began working at Little Flower in October 1995 as a caseworker in the adolescent unit in the Brooklyn office. Since then she has held several positions, such as adoption and Therapeutic Foster Boarding Home case planner (TFBH), Foster Care and TFBH Supervisor, Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Director and currently serves as a Foster Care Director in the Queens office. Jennifer is also tasked with co-coordinating and leading implementation of the strategic plan across the agency.
During Jennifer’s tenure as a PYA director, she worked on launching two new initiatives, the Exploring Your Future Career Day, which ran for three years, introduced Little Flower youth to a wide array of professions and allowed for one-on-one time with speakers. She also managed the startup of the Youth Ambassador Initiative, which we can see evidence of with the presence of youth interns around the agency.
In her current role as a Foster Care director, Jennifer’s job entails team work and the ability to problem solve. She works with committed and dedicated staff, foster parents, families and children and says you “must be very organized, have a good memory and a sense of humor. Your day will rarely go as planned.”
Jennifer loves her job and the fact that she is able to continue to learn and grow. There isn’t just one special memory or moment that comes to mind, but many. Whenever there is a youth in a unit she has worked in that has successfully achieved permanency, you are guaranteed to see her smiling. “It’s truly a great feeling.” She’s also very proud to work with the foster care staff because of their commitment to serving the children and families in their care.
When not at the office, Jennifer spends her time with her friends and family.