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Kinship Navigator Supervisor, ACH Child and Family Services; Fort Worth
Chantel Bedlington is the Kinship Navigator Supervisor at ACH Child and Family Services. This program is funded through DFPS to help support and come alongside caregivers raising the children of family members and those of close family friends. Chantel was a kinship caregiver herself for several years when she and her husband became the temporary conservators of her niece and nephew. The experience of being a kinship caregiver and experiencing the struggles firsthand led Chantel to join the program in its first year.
She and her husband have 3 children both biologically and through adoption. Providing hope and security for children is very near and dear to Chantel’s heart.
Prior to leading the Kinship Navigator Program at ACH, Chantel served for 15 years in pastoral ministry, most recently as a chaplain at Cook Children’s Hospital providing counseling and support for hospital staff and families experiencing trauma. Chantel has a BS in Biblical Studies and a MA in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University.