Sarah Pauter, MPPA
Sarah Pauter is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal Families, a nonprofit organization that provides pregnant and parenting youth in foster care and juvenile probation access to education and other resources which promote healthy relationships, sexual development, and positive parenting skills. After spending 17 years in the child welfare system before ultimately emancipating, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Sarah has dedicated her life and career to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and youth, even testifying before Congress and the California Senate on mental health treatment options for young people in foster care. Prior to launching Phenomenal Families, Sarah was the Program Director of the Family & Youth Roundtable where she developed and enhanced public child-serving systems through policy formulation and implementation. Her efforts were recognized by the San Diego County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council which honored her with their annual STARS award. As a BHETA and PCWTA trainer, Sarah offers a variety of expertise on family and youth leadership, mental health treatment for foster youth, and policy initiatives impacting the child-serving systems. Sarah also serves on the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, California Pathways to Well-Being Community Team, and the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission.