For 27 years Chris Kirchner, MSW, has been the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA), overseeing the collaborative investigation of child sexual abuse cases in Philadelphia. Her outreach and advocacy on behalf of sexually abused children have tremendously impacted the way that this issue is dealt with throughout the region and nationally.
Chris provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of PCA work including program, fund raising, governance, administration and evaluation. She also oversees PCA’s federal project, the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC), which provides training and technical assistance to communities in the northeastern United States that are interested in developing or maintaining a Child Advocacy Center. Chris trains locally and nationally on the topic of child sexual abuse, and the importance of a collaborative response.
Chris believes that by offering a one-stop program where children come for a coordinated investigation and all necessary follow-up services, PCA ensures that children receive the best possible response when they have been abused. Chris sees PCA’s mission as making sure every child has the opportunity for protection and healing.
In 2015, Chris received the Alan Lerner Child Advocacy Award from the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research along with Philadelphia Chief of Police Charles Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams and former DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.
Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. Outside of work, she enjoys running and yoga, as well as time spent with her family, hiking, and traveling.