Kristina Rosinsky is a research scientist II in the child welfare research area at Child Trends. She leads Child Trends’ biennial Child Welfare Financing Survey, which serves as a comprehensive guide to child welfare agency expenditures in the United States. Ms. Rosinsky has also directed other child welfare financing-related projects at Child Trends, including a project that deeply explored one state’s approach to child welfare financing, and a project focused on the financing of services and supports for older youth transitioning out of foster care. In addition to her substantial work on child welfare financing, Ms. Rosinsky currently directs a project focused on how human-centered design can be used in the human services context.
Beyond her ample project management experience, she has expertise conducting quantitative analyses, producing analysis plans, writing reports, developing surveys and site visit protocols, leading focus groups and interviews, and summarizing qualitative findings. Ms. Rosinsky is an experienced Stata programmer and has a strong background in a variety of descriptive and multivariate statistical methods with experience analyzing administrative child welfare data. Ms. Rosinsky is also the Quality Control Coordinator for the child welfare program area.
Before joining Child Trends, Ms. Rosinsky worked at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University, where she managed the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative—a $1.3 million federally funded project designed to help states translate juvenile justice research into practice. Previously, at CJJR, she managed certificate programs designed for local, state, and national leaders from juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other child-serving agencies. Ms. Rosinsky earned a Masters of Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where her thesis was a quantitative analysis of the relationship between enrollment in publicly funded preschool and fourth-grade math test scores. She also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics. Her undergraduate thesis explored the impacts of U.S. family planning policy on international development and earned high honors.