Thursday, December 25, 2014

Staff changes at CFSA

From an email:
A message from the Director, CFSA

CFSA Team and Partners:

I want to let you know CFSA has filled two important leadership positions that will maintain and further our many practice improvements.

Michele Rosenberg, who has served as CFSA chief of staff since February 2012, will become the deputy director for Program Operations effective January 11, 2015. She will oversee out-of-home case work, foster and kinship care, and placement, among other critical functions. Over her 18-year career in child welfare, Michele has risen through the ranks from social worker to top leadership, collecting national policy and practice experience along the way. Her recent work in managing implementation of the Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) grant and developing practice pathways to help social workers understand options based on screening and assessment outcomes shows that Michele is prepared to take CFSA practice to the next level. Her concern about and actions to begin to address secondary trauma in the workplace demonstrate she's in touch with front-line needs. Following her hands-on work in building the Office of Well Being, continuing to integrate attention to child well being will be a major focus for Program Operations under her leadership.

As we continue to infuse concern for well being throughout every aspect of a child's experience with CFSA, I've recognized a need to create a top leadership position to direct the broad scope of this critical work. I'm pleased to tell you that the new position of deputy director for Well Being will be filled by Marie Morilus-Black. Many of you know Marie and have worked with her at our sister agency, the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), where she has been the Child and Youth Services director since 2008. She has an impressive array of clinical, administrative, leadership, and human services skills gained over more than two decades in the mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice arenas. Marie earned her MSW at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and she is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R). She will join CFSA January 20, 2015.

With these key leaders in place, I continue to feel that I'm leaving CFSA in excellent hands. All of your contributions will be welcome and invaluable to continue moving forward in the new year. Thank you and all the best of the season to you and your family.


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