“Do what you need to do to progress, but don’t forget who you are while you’re doing it.” –Travis Lloyd, Speaker-Poet-Author

Speaker, Trainer, Researcher, Author - Child Welfare Expert

Available for:Keynote Motivational Speaking, Child Welfare Program Development and Consultation, Workshps, Seminars

Chris Downs Profile

“The best work adults do with or for young people is work driven by and led by young people themselves, not by adults.”
- Dr. Chris Downs


Chris is available for youth conferences, corporate events, and child welfare program development.  Chris specializes in Changing Lives through motivational speeches and workshops while offering innovative practices that are proven to enhance older youth services and outcomes.


  • Positive Youth Development:  Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • What really DOES work in foster care?
  • Revolutionizing Services to America’s Youth
  • Creating Lasting Permanency for Older Youth
  • Re-Engineering Child-Servicing Systems to Work Together Effectively
  • Unique Challenges and Solutions in Working with Sexual Minority Youth in Foster Care