Resource Development Associates

Lark Baum-Kailasam, M.S.W., M.S.

Program Associate

Lark brings over a decade of experience across a broad range of public and private sector agencies serving the needs of children, families, and adults in the fields of child welfare, adult mental health, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. At RDA, Lark serves as a child welfare subject matter expert, contributing her wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience with foster care, adoptions, family maintenance, family reunification, and child welfare legal advocacy from several different professional perspectives. She also provides support to criminal justice, behavioral health, housing, and service integration projects.

Prior to RDA, she worked locally with Anka Behavioral Health, EMQ Children & Family Services (now Uplift Family Services), Koinonia Family Services, the East Bay Children’s Law Offices and Contra Costa County Children & Family Services, but has also gathered experience in other states and abroad. Lark also spent over two years as a social worker in in England, where she learned about the fresh and innovative ways the English have addressed child and family welfare issues.


  • M.S.W., concentration in mental health and M.S. in Human and Community Development – University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Select Projects

  • Child & Family Policy Institute of California Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking Evaluation
  • Sacramento County Child Protective Services Procedures Manual
  • Santa Clara County Mental Health Services Act Evaluation and Technical Assistance
  • Sonoma County Human Services Department Workflow Analysis
  • Yolo County Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Plan