Following his recovery from a coma, near-death, institutionalization, and destitution from the effects of his bipolar disorder, Evan rebuilt his life and his relationship with his daughter. When Charlotte was nine-years-old, they co-founded Child & Family Connections to improve the lives of families like theirs living with serious parental mental illness.
What started as a part-time endeavor in 2010 became a full-time career in 2012 when Evan left a 20-year in the human resources field and co-ownership of an executive recruitment consultancy. To accept the reality of running an all-volunteer organization with no salaried staff, including himself, sold most of what he owned, moved into a one-room studio apartment, and dove in headfirst. As executive director, in addition to his fundraising and partnership development responsibilities, Evan fosters innovation, engages and inspires people, and guides CFC’s organizational development. In 2014, Evan and Charlotte were awarded the Community of Hope Award by the Devereux Foundation.
Evan says his journey has taught him to be more compassionate with others. He also shares that if we are willing to consider our mental health journey with an objective, strengths-based eye, we can identify the knowledge, skills, and tools we’ve developed to help us manage and even thrive. And by sharing our personal mental health narratives, we transfer our hard-learned coping, problem-solving, and resiliency-building skills to our children and families.
Evan earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a graduate of the executive leadership program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, and certified as a Peer Specialist by the City of Philadelphia. Evan is a recognized thought leader in the field of parental mental health and families. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global conferences, organizational events, medical schools, hospitals, and university classrooms.
His proudest accomplishment is raising his teenage daughter, Charlotte.
A thought leader in the field of parental mental health and families, Kaplan is a frequent keynote speaker at global conferences, organizational events, medical schools, hospitals, and university classrooms. Recent presentations include:
- Keynote Panelist: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
- Featured Presenter: The Creative and Comprehensive Advocacy for Parents with Mental Health Challenges, Boston, MA
- Featured Presenter: Convegno Prevenzione Del Rischio Psicopatologico, Milan, Italy
- Keynote Speaker: First Annual Children’s Behavioral Health Conference, Providence, RI
- Keynote Presentation: 4th International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges, Berkeley, CA
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