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Dee Wilson worked for the public child welfare agency in Washington State from 1978 – 2004 in a variety of positions including CPS social worker, supervisor, area administrator, training director and regional administrator. After leaving the Children’s Administration in 2004, Wilson was Director of the Northwest Institute for Children and Families at the University of Washington School of Social Work from 2005-08 and then was director of child welfare training in the UW – SSW through 2009. Wilson is currently Director of Child Welfare Services in the Knowledge Management section of Casey Family Programs.

Dee Wilson speaks and writes on a wide range of child welfare issues including neglect, risk and safety, substance abuse and reunification, foster care outcomes, critical thinking and child welfare management.

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3 responses to “About

  1. Margaret Hobart

    September 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Dee
    I am a big fan of your research round ups and your policy advocacy around child welfare.
    I am writing to you because I am trying to help a survivor of dv whose child is in foster care. It is a long story, butshe has NEVER been a danger to her child, or been abusive to her child.
    The court ordered (finally) that the child could be returned home a month ago. but the system is dragging its feet.
    Now, as reunification is looming, her young grade school age child is acting out at the foster care home and at school, and being more emotionally volatile. The child welfare system is basically using this as a reason to extend their hold on the child, blaming it on the mom for instilling anxiety in the child (i.e., she said out loud to the child, as they were running late to return after a visit, that she could get in trouble with his social worker if she were late – which is true).
    I am flummoxed as to why the social worker would think that a child would NOT be anxious and emotional as the week of reunification approached, OR why they think that keeping the child in the system longer will be helpful, especially when the court already determined he could go home.
    Anyway, I am writing to you in hopes that you may be able to point me to research or even best practice guidance that validates that children’s rising stress prior to reunification is actually normal (I mean, kids get antsy around any large transition, don’t they? especially kids who have had the state mediate their relationship with their parent.)
    Can you help me? This mother has a hearing coming up next week and I am just looking for info that could help put the social worker’s concerns in perspective.
    Thank you so much in advance for any help you can provide.
    Margaret Hobart

     
    • Margaret Hobart

      September 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      also, I am sorry I could not find your email so posted the message here; would you be able to remove it once you get it? thank you.
      Margaret

       
  2. MCordova

    July 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Commenting in order to select new post notification only.

     

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