Kayleigh Wichman joined the Child Bridge team in early 2018 serving as the Director of Community Outreach and Family Support in Billings. She is a native Montanan having grown up in Big Timber.
Kayleigh has an experiential understanding of all aspects of foster and adoptive care. She is a former foster youth and experienced an extremely difficult early childhood. From 9-12 years old, she was in Montana foster care, and was adopted into a wonderful Christian family when she was 12. Kayleigh’s adoptive parents had two biological sons, and opened their hearts and home to 14 other children through adoption. The Wichman family fostered over 70 children during their 22 years as foster parents, many who still keep in touch with them. While in the Wichman family, Kayleigh came to know Jesus, deciding that she wanted more light and purpose in her life.
Kayleigh went on to earn a B.S. in Psychology at Northern State University, in South Dakota. She recently completed her Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychology with an emphasis on child development, from Southern New Hampshire University. Her thesis project researched and emphasized the effectiveness of supportive agencies (like Child Bridge) on the foster care system and healing trauma for children.
She joins Child Bridge from State of Montana Child and Family Services where she served in the trenches of child welfare. Kayleigh spent 5 years as a Child Protection Specialist investigating reports of child abuse and neglect and working with families on case management to provide services to promote reunification; 1 year working as a Family Resource Specialist to train, support and license foster families; and 2 years working in adolescent mental health as a therapeutic program manager.
Kayleigh says, “Foster care has always been a part of my life.” She has a deep passion for supporting the foster care system and in particular foster parents and has dedicated her educational pursuits and career for the purpose of helping people succeed at parenting traumatized children.