Carleen Joseph spent 6 years in care before aging out at 18. After leaving care, she struggled to find her footing. Recognizing that her story was not unique, she became an advocate for youth leaving care. Along with six other youth, the concept of the National Youth in Care Network was born. In 1993, she received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Concordia University. Subsequently, she attended McGill University where she obtained a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology. Carleen has worked as a School-Based Counsellor in Montreal and Washington, DC. In 2005, she became the Program Director at a youth wilderness program in Aspen, CO. She currently works as an Independent Child Welfare Consultant.