Melissa started her career in child welfare in 2000 working for Children’s Administration (CA) after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare through the University of Washington’s (UW) School of Social Work (SSW). Melissa received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) with a child and family focus, also from UW-SSW, in 2003.
Within CA, Melissa fulfilled a variety of roles including Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator, working with families under voluntary contracts, supporting families through the Superior Court Dependency process, supervising Child & Family Voluntary Services (CFWS) & CPS, facilitating Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) and Child Protection Team (CPT) meetings, and helping in the training of staff in a variety of areas.
Melissa is passionate about helping support the professional development of child welfare staff and the families that care for the children in out-of-home care and is excited to be a part of the Alliance partnership. Melissa strongly believes that providing quality professional development opportunities is critical to keeping children safe and promoting healthy families.