CAROL F. BURTON, L.M.S.W.
BS and MSW Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Burton is the former Executive Director of Centerforce, a nonprofit organization in Northern and Central California whose mission is to support, educate, and advocate for individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration. Her responsibilities at Centerforce included the operation of the nationally recognized M.O.M.S. program, a partnership with Oakland Housing Authority to provide stable housing and wraparound services for formerly incarcerated pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. Before joining Centerforce, Burton served for six years as Associate Executive Director of the Osborne Association in New York City where she developed, strengthened, and oversaw all of Osborne's in-prison and community-based family and reentry services programs. In February 2003, she became a Certified Master Trainer in facilitating A Framework for Breaking Barriers, a cognitive behavioral approach developed by Gordon Graham & Company. In August 2004, Burton piloted the first marriage-education program for couples at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. She implemented the country's first comprehensive program and longitudinal study on children of incarcerated parents. Burton is the Co-Chair and Coordinator of Alameda County's Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and the immediate past Chair of Family & Corrections Network (FCN), the home of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI). She is an advisor for NRCCFI at Rutgers University at Camden. Burton has developed curricula and media material and served as an advisor on several initiatives including Sesame Street’s newly released “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.” She serves on the board of directors of P.O.P.S. the club, a high-school based club for students whose lives are impacted by prison, and she created and designed the P.O.P.S. training program. In 2013 Burton received The White House Champion of Change Award for her outstanding work on behalf of Children of Incarcerated Parents.