Friday, June 22, 2012

CFSA's new deputy

Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez is the new Deputy Director, Entry Services at Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA).

What is Entry Services?   The short answer is that it is responsible for CFSA’s realigned front door.   It includes four administrations: Child Protective Services (CPS), Kinship Support, Clinical & Health, and Placement Services.

CFSA has shared Gasca-Gonzalez's background:

Gasca-Gonzalez brings strong management experience and a record of getting results for children and families. As part of child welfare reform and privatization efforts in Kansas and Nebraska, she has an impressive background in establishing and directing broad-based case management services that measurably improved outcomes for children, youth, and families.

During six years as Chief Program Officer for United Methodist Youthville in Kansas, Gasca-Gonzalez provided strategic direction for foster care and case management contracts with the Kansas Social Rehabilitation Services Department. She was charged with managing the child welfare system in the Wichita region, directing a staff of 300 in serving over 1,800 children. Under her leadership, the region jumped from meeting four out of 18 outcomes to meeting 15. She was also responsible for overseeing recruitment, training, and retention of over 500 foster homes.

Before joining CFSA, Gasca-Gonzalez spent three years as president of KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska, Inc., a new subsidiary of the Kansas-based KVC Health Systems. This resulted from award to KVC of child welfare and juvenile justice case management contracts from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as part of a statewide child welfare reform effort. Gasca-Gonzalez developed the infrastructure, including a staff of more than 500, to improve case management and service delivery to 4,700 children in 19 counties. She was able to meet 10 out of 12 outcome measures in less than two years.

Gasca-Gonzalez holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, the latter from Emporia State University. When you see our new Deputy Director, please give her a warm welcome to CFSA.

A related post is CFSA's strategic agenda and agency realingment.

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