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Debra Schilling Wolfe, MEd

  • Executive Director, Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, & Research

3815 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179

Debra Schilling Wolfe, MEd, is the founding Executive Director of the Field Center. She has held leadership roles in the child welfare arena for over 30 years and 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 and intervention. 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, one of the first differential response models. 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. Ms. Wolfe’s background includes speaking engagements, training, and writing on critical topics in child welfare. She received numerous commendations for her contributions to the field of child welfare, has. Ms. Wolfe is serving her second term on the Montgomery County (PA) Office of Children and Youth Citizens Advisory Committee and was a member of the founding Board of Directors of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center.

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