Role: National Authority Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Prevention, permanency, change and implementation
Years of Child Welfare Experience: 36
In her role as a consultant and subject matter expert at the Center, Elizabeth Black helps develop publications and learning experiences on building prevention-oriented systems. She also works directly with states to help build their capacity for primary prevention.
Ms. Black currently serves as the Director for Child Welfare Practice for the Center for the Support of Families (CSF), where she is the CSF lead for conducting a review of North Carolina’s child welfare system and developing recommendations. She was previously the Executive Director of the Office of Child Permanency at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in Nashville, where her work focused on ensuring that children are safely and permanently cared for within their own families and communities.
Ms. Black served as part of the Permanency Innovations Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Team (PII-TTAP) that used implementation science to improve outcomes for children in foster care. She is a member of the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Team in the Kenny A. v. Deal Consent Decree between Georgia’s child welfare system and Children’s Rights, Inc. Ms. Black also provides support to leaders in Mississippi’s child welfare system and to the CSF team providing support and technical assistance in the state. Additionally, she is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Alia, a Minnesota-based nonprofit aiming to inspire change within child welfare throughout the United States.
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