Kathy Sacco



Kathy Carney Sacco is a child and family advocate with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. She is currently the Vice President of International Children’s Policy at First Focus on Children. She works on First Focus’ efforts to harness the power of governments, NGOs, and corporations to partner and help children all over the world to improve their well-being and reach their full potential.

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Kathy worked for nearly eight years at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues, shaping and leading policies related to child protection, intercountry adoption, and international parental child abduction. Previously, she facilitated foster care and intercountry adoptions for 13 years. In her work on various agency boards, Kathy advocated for ethical adoption practices and the expansion of post adoption services.


Kathy was adopted from Korea at age five along with her biological sister. She is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.