Kelli began her career working as an after-hours social worker at Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta (CHOA), where she conducted psycho-Social assessments of children who presented to the Emergency Department due to concerns of child maltreatment. Kelli continued her career at CHOA by becoming a Forensic Interviewer at The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, which is a medical model Child Advocacy Center. As a member of a Multidisciplinary Team of Physicians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Social Workers and Forensic Specialists, they were tasked with the mission of providing Forensic Interviews and Forensic Medial Evaluations to children, ages 0-18 years old, who were identified as possible victims of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and witness to crime. It was at The Stephanie V. Blank Center that Kelli’s passion for working with survivors of commercial sexual exploration was ignited. She had the awesome opportunity to assist in the development of the center’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program, CSEC Multi-disciplinary team meetings, and CSEC book-bag initiative which provided bags, clothing and toiletries to CSEC survivors. In 2012 Kelli relocated to Charlotte, NC where she joined the team of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center as a Forensic Interviewer. To date Kelli has conducted over 2200 forensic interviews, presented at both national and local child maltreatment conferences, and have been a frequent guest lecturer at multiple high schools and Universities on the topics of Child Maltreatment, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Forensic Interviewing.
Kelli Wood, MSW, LCSW
BS, Georgia State University and MSW, Clark Atlanta University