Karlene Edgemon works as MLJ Adoptions’ Director of Social Services. She leads the Social Services Department by monitoring home study and education requirements, reviewing out of state home studies, speaking one on one with families about their referrals and providing post adoption support. Karlene is always brainstorming new ways to support our adoptive families before, during and after their adoption.
Her favorite part of her job is having the privilege of witnessing the joy in a child’s face once they have been united with their forever family. Children in permanent families smile brighter, and remind Karlene that what she does, despite the obstacles and delays that occur, builds healthy supportive families for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Throughout her 25 year career, Karlene has been able to watch adoption transform the lives of children. She loves to share the story of a sweet little girl, who when she was born in Mexico was not expected to ever hear, see, walk or develop normally. With the support of her adoptive family, surgery, developmental preschool, hearing aids, glasses and adaptive equipment to help her walk she is doing everything the early predictors said she could not.
When she’s not working, Karlene and her husband, Randy, spend time with their two adult children, RJ and Ashlee, and their spouses, Emily and Colin. She enjoys reading mystery novels, scrapbooking, party planning, and traveling to new places.
Karlene earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee with minors in both Sociology and Human Services. She then attended Indiana State University where she completed her Masters of Science Degree in Agency Counseling. Over the past twenty years, Karlene has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and families with roles at 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care) for the Wabash Valley, Inc. and The Villages of Indiana, Inc. She has worked in family preservation, domestic adoption, special needs adoption, step-parent adoption, kinship adoption, post adoption services, parent education, family assessment, therapy, and case management.