Kathy Sacco Vice President

Kathy Carney Sacco serves as Vice President, International Children's Policy at First Focus on Children. Prior to First Focus, 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.

Resources by Kathy Sacco

Policy Brief: The Importance of The OVC Set Aside Within PEPFAR

| May 4, 2023 |

“PEPFAR means the American people care about us.’ That wonderful phrase captured the sentiments I have heard from nearly every corner of Africa –

Fact Sheet: Children’s Protection Act of 2021 (H.R. 3716)

| November 11, 2021 |

What is at stake for children? Children are the cornerstone of the world – comprising a quarter of the U.S. population and a larger

Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| October 12, 2020 |

Updated on October 12, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it