Dr. Sharen Ford is the program director for Focus on the Family’s adoption and orphan care efforts. In this role, she helps raise awareness of the need for adoptive families to provide loving and stable homes for the more than 100,000 waiting children in the U.S. foster care system. She also makes post-placement resources available for adoptive families.
Prior to her current role, Ford worked for child welfare services at the State Department of Human Services where she served as the manager for permanency services. She also has previous experience teaching middle school, high school, adult and remedial education courses.
Ford has spoken at a variety of conferences on adoption and orphan care issues including the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) annual conference, Bethany Christian Services’ annual conference, the White House Conference on Adoption and the Federal Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Conference.
She has also done radio, print and TV interviews with various media outlets such as Bott Radio Network, CBN TV and The Denver Post.
Ford has won a number of awards including the Paul Singer Award from the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute; the Adoption Activist Award from the North American Council for Adoptable Children; the Adoption Excellence Award from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services; and the Minority Adoption Leadership Development Institute Award.
Ford received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Benedictine College, a Master of Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Cornerstone University.
Married since 1991, Ford lives in Aurora, Colo., with her husband. She has one daughter and loves watching her grandson play sports. She also enjoys traveling and wants to see Egypt, Rome, Israel, Australia, and Fiji. She hopes to go on mission trips to Africa, as well.