Writer Consultant Youth Advocate

I am a scholar, writer, and consultant dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.

I provide online training (virtual summits & webinars), 1:1 consultations, program development & evaluation, and qualitative data analysis. 


Ph.D. in Special Education

Secondary Special Education and Transition

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2014

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to embark on a world-schooling adventure with my teenage son and our two dogs! Our journey took us Mexico for a short visit, but Mexico had other plans. We stayed.


In Mexico, I found inspiration and the luxury of time required to create content to help bridge the gap between research and practice. I finally had the time to write the book that has been in my mind for years!


My young adult novel – My sorrow. Mi Libertad – 

which shares a teen’s turbulent journey through foster care and her triumphs as she  “ages out” of the system, will hopefully in print in 2020!

Stay tuned! 

Virtual Summits

Are you a foster/adoptive parent or caregiver? 

Fostering Success Virtual Summits provide foster/adoptive parents & caregivers with additional tools and resources needed to help the children and youth in your care succeed. 

The full summit features interviews with 20 experts in child welfare, child/youth development, and alumni of foster care from the United States and Canada. For more details see: https://fosterparentsummit.org/

Trauma Focused Mini-Summit

7 experts share powerful tools and resources to help create conditions for healing the trauma experienced by the children in your care. For details see https://trauma.fosterparentsummit.org/

Fostering Success 

Virtual Summits for Foster/adoptive Parents and Caregivers

Full Summit features 20+ experts from the United States and Canada shared their knowledge. Premium passes entitles 1 person to a 12 hour training certificate and access to the videos for 1-year.

Trauma Mini-Summit features 7 experts. Premium passes entitles 1 person to a 4 hour training certificate and access to the videos for 1-year. 


Short Fiction

“Why don’t you brush your teeth?” I asked him. Why did I need to have these kinds of conversations with a 50-year-old man, I asked myself. In response, he trembled until his body transformed into impenetrable black smoke.

I was 22 years old and lucky if I weighed 100 pounds, but I was scrappy. Fearlessly, I boarded a plane to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. 

I dragged myself up the steep mountainside. Fake it until you make it and pretend everything is ok, I told myself. I immediately regretted wearing sandals. Why do hiking sandals even exist? Hot jagged rocks kept poking the bottoms of my feet.

Select Peer Reviewed Articles

Harwick, R., Unruh, D., & Lindstrom, L. (2020). What helps or hinders the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities who experienced foster care? An ecological approach. Child Abuse and Neglect.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104310

Harwick, R., Lindstrom, L., & Unruh, D. (2017). In their own words: Overcoming barriers during the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities who experienced foster care. Children and Youth Services Review. 73, 338-346.

Harwick, R., Tyre, A., Beisse, K. & Thomas, C. (2015). Intervention targets for youth with disabilities in foster care. School Psychology Forum. (9)1, 5-20.

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