James Freeman, MA, CYC-P is an author, trainer, and speaker with over 25 years of experience serving kids and families through classroom teaching, school administration, after school programs, family camping, and residential care.
He’s a past president of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and former editor for the International Child and Youth Care Network. For 15 years James served as training director in the residential, education, and community care programs at a leading children's mental health service provider in southern California.
He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Biola University. He is a recipient of the 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 published dozens of articles and is editor of the forthcoming book Caring to Connect: Nurturing Hope in a Distressed World (2020). He also co-edited Supervision in Child and Youth Care and a special issue of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice on the topic of training adults who care for kids.
He led the 2017 working group which revised the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals and served on the 2010 committee to revise the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners. 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 and his wife, Julie, have been married for 23 years. They have three kids and live in southern California where Julie is an award-winning teacher in the local public school district.