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Debra Schilling Wolfe, MEd, has held leadership roles in the child welfare arena for the past 30 years. She has directed numerous innovative child welfare programs nationally, including the Crisis Nursery at the New York Foundling Hospital and Boston City Hospital’s Sexual Abuse Team. A former Director of Child Welfare Services for Catholic Social Services in Michigan, her extensive clinical background includes child and family therapy and clinical supervision specifically with child abuse and domestic violence cases. Ms. Wolfe served as Clinical Director for Our Town Family Center in Tucson where she developed new treatment models of child welfare prevention, intervention, and CPS diversion. She partnered with Arizona’s child welfare system to develop the nationally recognized Family Builders model of community response to child abuse and neglect reports. Ms. Wolfe served as President of the Arizona Association of Family Centered Practice and on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Family Based Services, chairing their annual Empowering Families national conference. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops on engaging resistant families, family-centered practice, child abuse and neglect issues, and community collaboration. Ms. Wolfe received Arizona’s Community Recognition Award and was awarded a Commendation from the Arizona Department of Economic Security for her contributions to the field of child welfare. She was appointed to the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth Citizens Advisory Committee and serves of the board for Mission Kids.
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Cindy Santos, MSW, Project Manager
Cindy Santos has joined the Field Center as Program Manager. In her new role, Cindy will be managing Project PENN, the Field Center’s Philadelphia Family Court-based outreach program, and the Interdisciplinary Evaluation Clinic. In addition, she will coordinate research projects, supervise MSW students, serve as the social work representative on the Field Center’s multidisciplinary team, and support other Field Center project and activities.
Cindy has earned BSW and MSW degrees, receiving her MSW from Columbia University after completing her practicum at UNICEF in the Division of Policy and Practice.
Locally, Cindy coordinated a US Department of Education mentoring grant at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. For the past four years, she has worked at the Philadelphia Children's Alliance (PCA) where she has been Philadelphia's only bilingual and bicultural forensic interviewer for victims of child abuse, facilitating multidisciplinary teams and providing clinical recommendations and forensic impressions. Cindy reduced her hours at PCA to take on the additional position of Training Director for the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services, managing a comprehensive staff training program for private sector child welfare professionals and representing this non-profit agency membership group in a variety of capacities. She has served on several workgroups, including the Philadelphia Department of Human Services Improving Outcomes for Children Capacity-Building Workgroup.
The Field Center is delighted to welcome Cindy Santos to its team of child welfare experts.
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Sarah Porter, Administrative Coordinator
Sarah Porter is the newest Field Center Member, joining the team in November of 2012.. Sarah previously worked in Alumni Relations at the Perelman School of Medicine. Here at the Field Center, Sarah oversees all events, publications, and daily duties.
Sarah is originally from Kansas.
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