Director of Families at Risk Programs for Step Ahead Integrated Development Foundation
Kimberly Quinley is the Director of Families at Risk Programs for Step Ahead Integrated Development Foundation. Since the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Kimberly’s vision to see churches in communities caring for their own orphans, vulnerable children, and widows led her to create a program called, “Keeping Families Together” partnering with Orphan’s Promise Asia. She also founded four child development centers caring for children from vulnerable families in tsunami-affected communities.
Kimberly’s passion for orphans and vulnerable children began 32 years ago when she moved to Thailand to serve in an orphanage for two years. She quickly understood that most children in Thai orphanages had families, which led her to do extensive research on international and Thai law supporting vulnerable children and the impacts of residential care in the lives of children. She delivers training all over the world on caring for at-risk, vulnerable children.
The Thai Government has asked Kimberly to help strengthen their commitment to alternative care through curriculum development and deliver training using the 2010 UN Guidelines on Alternative Care and serve on Thailand’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Coalition supporting the sub-committee on Alternative Care.
In 2007, Kimberly was honored to receive an award from H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand for her work serving vulnerable children after the 2004 Asian Tsunami.
Kimberly is married to her best friend and has four amazing adult third culture kids.