CREATOR | TRAINER | THOUGHT LEADER
James Freeman is a career Child and Youth Care practitioner and his leadership and training has contributed to the development of the field and improving the quality of care for children, youth, and families.
James has over thirty years of experience, including fifteen years as training director for a state-licensed and nationally accredited program serving kids and families affected by childhood trauma. His career has also included roles as director of a national program of camping and retreats for people with disabilities, educator and school administrator, afterschool program director, and summer camp counselor.
He has served in various leadership roles including as president of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board, editor for the International Child and Youth Care Network, and on the board of the Association for Children’s Residential and Community Services. He also served on an international working group which established standards in sport for kids participating in community-based initiatives alongside Olympic/Paralympic and World Cup events.
James holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a focus on developmental psychology, applied ethics, and human relationships. He has been honored with a career achievement award from the National Staff Development and Training Association and the President’s Award from the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice.
James has been married to Julie (an award-winning public-school teacher) for 25 years. They live in southern California where they are raising their three kids.
"James is a thoughtful, insightful and engaging trainer. He makes the material come alive and resonate with participants."
Okpara Rice, MSW | CEO, Tanager Place & Past President, Association of Children's Residential and Community Services
"James is bright, creative, and relates to people at all levels with an unusual level of genuineness, respect and kindness. I consider myself honored to be his colleague."
Frank Delano, MSW | President & CEO, Professional Package Training, Inc.
"Around the world James is regarded as one of Child and Youth Care’s most insightful practitioners, and has contributed significantly to the growth of learning in the field."
Martin Stabrey | COO, International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net)
"James is person-centered, relational, and values each student served in our public schools and programs. I’m grateful for his training which has been such an important part of my own education and leadership."
Bianca Siedenburg Hicks | Educational & Psychological Consultant
Eckles, F. & Freeman, J. (2021). A user’s guide to The North American code of ethics. In V. Mann-Feder (Ed.), Doing ethics in Child and Youth Care: A North American primer. Canadian Scholars.
Modlin, H., Freeman, J., Gaitens, C. & Garfat, T. (Eds.) (2021). Relational child and youth care in action. CYC-Net Press.
Grupper, E., Schneider, A. & Freeman, J. (Eds.). (2020). Better future opportunities for children and young people in multicultural societies: Presentations from the 34th FICE world congress. [Special issue]. CYC-Online, 259.
Freeman, J. (2020). Fear, uncertainty, and relational care in the face of COVID-19. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 19(3), 73-83.
Freeman, J. (2019). Forward. In T. Fraser & M. Ventrella, A tapestry of relational child and youth care competencies (pp. ix-x). Canadian Scholars.
Freeman, J. (2019). Maier’s ‘Core of Care’ revised. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 32(4), 13-34.
Freeman, J. (2019). Children in care in the United States. Jugendhilfe, 57, 49-53.
Garfat, T., Freeman, J., Gharabaghi, K. & Fulcher, L. (2018). Characteristics of a relational child and youth care approach revisited. CYC-Online, 236, 7-45.
Grupper, E. & Freeman, J. (Eds.). (2017). Together towards a better world for children, adolescents, and families: Presentations from the 33rd FICE World Congress & 2nd CYC World Conference. [Special issue]. CYC-Online, 226.
Freeman, J. & Garfat, T. (Eds.). (2017). Supervision in relational child and youth care [Special issue]. CYC-Online, 223.
Freeman, J. & Garfat, T. (Eds.). (2017). Training [Special issue]. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 30(1).
Tatum Martinez, K. & Freeman, J. (2017). Sharing wounds: Trauma in organizations. CYC-Online, 220, 2-4.
Charles, G., Freeman, J. & Garfat, T. (Eds.) (2016). Supervision in child and youth care practice. CYC-Net Press.
Freeman, J. (2015). Trauma and relational care: Integrating an awareness of trauma into the characteristics of relational child and youth care. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 25, 120-132.
Freeman, J. (2015). Developing social skills and relationships. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 23(4), 48-51.
Freeman, J. (2014). A multi-level evaluation of the impact of training on the therapeutic use of daily life events. CYC-Online, 180, 30-37.
Freeman, J. & Garfat, T. (2014). Being, interpreting, doing: A framework for organizing the characteristics of a relational child and youth care approach. CYC-Online, 179, 23-27.
Freeman, J. (2013). Reflections on daily life events in child and youth care. In T. Garfat, L. Fulcher & J. Digney (Eds.), Making moments meaningful in child and youth care practice (pp. 34-40). Pretext.
Freeman, J. (2012). From coercion to connection: Shifting an organizational culture. In T. Garfat & L. Fulcher (Eds.), Child and youth care in practice (pp. 152-160). Pretext.
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