Staff Spotlight: Meet Kylene Dalton Koons

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Director of Care Coordination and Innovation, Kylene Dalton-Koons, enjoys the ability to use her creativity to implement system changes. Kylene is responsible for the Care Coordination team who research and develop innovative programming to support foster care services in Kent County.

Kylene is grateful for WMPC’s commitment to thinking outside the box and making a better future for children. “Through innovation and collaboration, we can create lasting change that will ultimately have an impact on generations to come,” she said.

Learn more about Kylene:

What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role?
As the Director of Care Coordination and Innovation, I oversee the Care Coordination team, research and develop innovative programming to support foster care services in Kent County, convene systems-level workgroups, and ensure that all players are ready to problem-solve challenges.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to use creativity and innovation to propose system improvements and offer flexible solutions. Getting to work with a talented group of professionals who share a passion for lasting systems change is an added bonus.    

On the flip side, what is the most challenging part about your job?
The most challenging part of my job is to remind myself that change takes time and can create resistance. It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate small successes along the way.

What inspired you to want to work for WMPC?
With an ambitious mission that involves creating better futures for children, who wouldn’t want to work at WMPC? As mentioned above, it is exciting and inspiring to think creatively about how to solve problems and create lasting change.

What is one thing you wish people knew about foster care?
I wish people understood the role of trauma within the foster care system and how it manifests itself through all systems – legal, mental health, education, etc. It’s important that we adapt our approach to maintain a trauma-informed outlook.

How has your position at WMPC and your experience in the nonprofit industry changed your perspective?
Working within the nonprofit industry, you are challenged to think outside the box, many times due to limited resources. WMPC affirms and celebrates creative processes. Our staff reminds us to see what would be the outcome if the answer to all challenges was “yes,” and I’m grateful that I get to practice this perspective daily

What is your hope for WMPC and the Kent County foster care system?   
My hope for WMPC and the foster care system is to continue thinking outside the box and work towards creating a better future for children. Through innovation and collaboration, we can create lasting change that will ultimately have an impact on generations to come.   

To get in touch with Kylene, please email: kdalton-koons@wmpc.care

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