HOPE HAVEN CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

WELCOMES JOHN JAMES AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Directors of Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center is please to announce their selection

of John James as its Executive Director effective Monday, November 16, 2020.

 

“Hope Haven has a wonderful opportunity for growth at this juncture, and a leader is

needed who understands who we are now, someone who understands who we are now,

someone who understands the Children’s Advocacy Center model and someone who

is very knowledgeable in all aspects of child welfare. John James is that person,”

stated Kathleen Stieffel, Board President. “Mr. James comes highly recommended from

the state level and is the right person to guide this organization and nurture the

important relationships needed to promote the growth of our programs and our future.

We have renewed hope and look forward to great things under his leadership.”

 

Family focused with deep leadership capabilities, James, husband to Christina and

father of three is already a well-known and highly respected member of the

non-profit community. With almost thirty years’ experience in child protection in

Alabama and Mississippi, he brings a solid foundation to continue the growth and

outreach of Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center.

 

County Court Judge Trent Favre says of James, “I was so excited to hear the news! I think

John will be a great addition to Hope Haven given his extensive background in child

welfare, and I am looking forward to working with him. In my previous experience with him,

he has demonstrated that he is a very capable and knowledgeable leader.

He is an effective communicator and problem solver. I promise to work

closely with him to ensure his success but more importantly, the success of Hope Haven.”

 

James began his career in Mobile, Alabama in 1993 and worked in several different

capacities in Alabama over the next twenty-five years. He spent his last three years in charge of Alabama’s nationally

recognized foster care and CPS systems. He retired from the state of Alabama and was hired by the state

of Mississippi to serve as the Field Operations Director for the eleven coastal counties. During his tenure, Mississippi implemented many reforms and has received national recognition for the reduction

of over 1,200 children in foster care in his regions alone along with a record number of adoptions. Mr.

James has extensive experience working with Child Advocacy Centers throughout Alabama and

Mississippi as well as the National CAC in Huntsville, Alabama.

 

James stated, “I am honored that the Hope Haven Board of Directors selected me for this position, and I

look forward to serving the children and families of Hancock and Pearl River Counties. I look forward to

working in the community to strengthen our work and to find potential new avenues for expansion. It’s

a very exciting time for me, and I cannot thank them enough.”

 

Lorraine Werner, Administrative Assistant and Family Advocate for Hope Haven for over fourteen years

has very capably served as Interim Director since July of this year. “We are fortunate to have someone

of Mr. James’ caliber and experience step up to lead Hope Haven,” says Werner, “We are at a critical

moment, and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our programs and continue to

grow.”

 

Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for victims

of childhood trauma and abuse. Its mission is to be a haven of recovery and a path to justice for children

and their families. As the only Children’s Advocacy Center serving Hancock and Pearl River counties,

Hope Haven provides immediate intervention services to children and families affected by traumatic

events, specializing in providing forensic interviews, family advocacy, child sexual abuse prevention as

well as direct assistance to families in need.

 

Hope Haven also leads a multi-disciplinary task force (MDT) comprised of District Attorney, Joel Smith,

Assistant DA, Chris Daniel, Cynthia Chauvin of CASA, members of law enforcement, Child Protective

Services (CPS), Youth Court and medical professionals who collectively promote a strong collaborative

effort seeking justice for victims of abuse and their families.

 

Hope Haven has positioned themselves as a community leader advocating for abused and neglected

children in South Mississippi and are proud members of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, the

National Children’s Alliance and the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

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