Jenifer has more than 16 years experience directing, building and managing residential treatment facilities for youth and young adults. After 10 years of managing more than 20 group homes that were home to abused and troubled youth in the US, Jen and her husband Jeremy moved to Thailand to rescue children from sex slavery and provide a home and restoration to those exploited in a home environment for children to recover.
Jenifer oversees Thrive's first-class trauma recovery homes in Thailand, develops and runs outreach and vocational training programs such as A Ton of Rice.
She is also expanding the model of restorative aftercare to other Southeast Asian nations and in the U.S. so that many children can live in restorative environments.
Jenifer is a big believer that in order to provide the most effective aftercare for child survivors of trafficking, there must be a solid and quality standard of care set. Full restoration begins when care programs fully devote themselves to provide the best care possible. She wants to see all survivors of child sex trafficking and exploitation thriving in their new life!
Jenifer and Jeremy have adopted one son and are currently fostering four teenage girls. If you can’t find her, just look for the nearest coffee shop and you’ll find her sitting and dreaming about the future with one (or all) of her kids. Jen is an avid blogger and encourager and you can find her website and blog at www.jeniferkraus.com.