Human Services Council Staff

Kari Pesavento

Kari Pesavento

Program Director, Children's Connection

About Kari Pesavento

Kari Pesavento, the dedicated Director of Children’s Connection, brings nearly two decades of invaluable experience in crisis intervention to her role. Her professional journey commenced at an in-patient treatment facility focusing on individuals grappling with mental health and addiction challenges. Subsequently, she assumed the pivotal role of Director of Operations at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education.

In her current capacity, Kari oversees the day-to-day operations and case management at Children’s Connection. Drawing on her extensive expertise in legal frameworks and child protection systems, coupled with her compassionate nature, Kari fosters a supportive environment that puts families at ease. Her adeptness at collaboration is evident in her facilitation of seamless teamwork among Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members.

Beyond her direct responsibilities, Kari plays a crucial role in community education through the SCAN program, conducting informative trainings. Her commitment to the field extends to her position on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Children’s Alliance, where she actively contributes to strategic decision-making. Furthermore, Kari serves as an appointed member of the Governor’s Task Force for Justice of Abused Children’s Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation Committee, demonstrating her dedication to advocating for justice and the well-being of abused children.

With Kari Pesavento at the helm, Children’s Connection benefits from a leader whose wealth of experience, compassionate approach, and collaborative spirit significantly impact the organization’s mission and effectiveness in serving the community.


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