Professional Child Welfare Experience: Since 2000
As the Center's Program Area Lead for Permanency, Ms. Clarke doesn’t just manage programs, she breathes life into them. Her deep understanding of the child welfare continuum, policies, and best practices forms the foundation for her innovative and evidence-based approach, ensuring that outcomes for children and families are not just improved but transformed.
Ms. Clarke has more than 20 years of experience on all levels of child welfare, beginning with front line work with runaway and homeless youth, providing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to adjudicated youth returning home, to roles in adoption, foster care, juvenile justice, protective services, training, and youth development. Her diverse experience gives her a comprehensive perspective that can help lay the groundwork for impactful and sustainable improvements around permanency.
During her tenure with the State of New York, Ms. Clarke led a transformative shift in her team's approach by incorporating a strength-based structure. In doing so, she not only improved outcomes but also alleviated burnout within her team, fostering an environment where everyone could thrive.
Ms. Clarke looks forward to leveraging her skills and expertise to further advance permanency outcomes for children and families on a national level. Her dedication to continuous improvement is a philosophy that propels her to further advance permanency outcomes for children and families.
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