Alissa began her career in child welfare in 2000 working as a case manager and then program manager for a private child placing agency working primarily with Behavior Rehabilitation Services foster care and Family Preservation Services. In 2007 Alissa began working for Children’s Administration as a Child/Family Welfare Services (CFWS) Social Worker. Alissa gained additional experience in Child Protective Services Investigations and Family Voluntary Services and then began supervising a CFWS unit in 2012. In 2014, Alissa transitioned to Family Assessment Response (FAR) Implementation Lead, and lead the Sky Valley office through implementation of the FAR pathway. Alissa joined the Alliance Learning and Development team in 2015 and is excited to contribute to the development of curriculum for the child welfare workforce and the foster parents & caregivers caring for children served by public child welfare.
Alissa graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2000 and with a Masters degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2007. Alissa is passionate about early childhood development, adverse childhood experiences, and the effects of toxic stress and trauma on development.