Senior Associate & Technical Director for Changing the Way We Care
Beth has over thirty years of experience working across a range of contexts, including U.S. child welfare. She is currently the Technical Director for Changing the Way We Care, a global initiative to promote family care for children. Beth has worked with governments and non-government actors, alike, with a focus on developing strong child protection and care systems. Her work centers around care reform, social work practice, holistic early childhood development, and family strengthening. Beth has experience in qualitative evaluation, policy development, program design and management, designing standards and guidance, and curriculum development and training. Beth has learned from her twelve years as the Family Support Director for an American community-based organization and from her own parenting. She brings this learning to her work. As Technical Director to Changing the Way We Care, Beth proudly leads program implementation and learning across six countries, three regions and with global partners. She sits on the senior leadership of the initiative and manages a large team of technical advisors. Beth has contributed to many publications and resource documents in the care and protection sector. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development.
Experience and Expertise
Child Protection Systems
Early Childhood Development
Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Social Service Workforce
Violence Against Children
Capacity Building, Training, and Curriculum Design
Policy, Guidelines, SOPs, Strategic Plans, Action Plans
Mapping and Assessment
Monitoring and Evaluation
Program or Proposal Design
- United States
- South Africa
- Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual was produced for Faith to Action and aims to provide practical guidance and tools for churches, faith-based organizations, donors, and others who are transitioning care for children away from residential care to care within families. (2016)
- The Role of Social Service Workforce Development in Care Reform is a working paper, produced by the Better Care Network and the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, explores the topic of social service workforce strengthening as it relates to child care reform. (2015)
- Institutionalisation and deinstitutionalisation of children 2: policy and practice recommendations for global, national, and loca actors This paper, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health (2020) is part of the Lancet Group Commission on the institutionalization and deinstitutionalization of children. Worldwide, millions of children live in institutions, which runs counter to both the UN-recognized right of children to be raised in a family environment, and the findings of the accompanying Lancet systematic review of the physical, neurobiological, psychological, and mental health costs of institutionalization and the benefits of deinstitutionalization of child welfare systems. This paper presents the evidence-based recommendations of international experts in reforming care for children and promoting family-based alternatives to institutionalization.
- Lost in Translation: Cultural Interpretations of Family in East Africa and Implications for Children’s Care, journal article with Kelley Bunkers and Karen Smith Rotabi, Brown University Journal (2018)
- Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families SOPs, Toolkit and Training Curriculum for Social Workers, development of the package and training of trainers for Catholic Relief Services (2017), unpublished.
- Assessment of Formal and Informal Guardianship in Moldova, assessment and report to the Government of Moldova for UNICEF Moldova (2015), unpublished. Guidelines for Alternative Care in Liberia (2014)
- A National Vision for Specialized Child Protection Services, Ministry of Social Protection and Family Republic of Moldova (2016), unpublished.