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Melissa Rock
Birth to Three Strategic Initiative Director

Melissa Rock is the Birth to Three Strategic Initiative Director. In this position, she partners with community and public agencies to strengthen the systems that support families with very young children.

Description of Wins: Melissa was previously the Child Welfare Director, a position that she held from August 2010 – July 2017. As the Child Welfare Director, she successfully advocated for numerous bills that support older foster youth including expanding the tuition waiver for foster youth and making Maryland the first state to allow foster youth to keep their Social Security benefits in an account they can access when they transition out of foster care at age 21.

Topics Currently Covered: Melissa is focused on eliminating racial disparities in birth outcomes for black women, eliminating barriers for families to access infant and early childhood behavioral health services, increasing access for families to programs that strengthen attachment between parents and their young children.

Coalitions: Melissa is a member of the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN), is the Membership Chair on the Infant Mental Health Association for MD/DC (IMHA-MD/DC), is a member of the Baltimore City Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center (BCCCRC), Baltimore City’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review team (FIMR), the Reproductive Health Equity Alliance for Maryland (RHEAM), the Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee, and B’more for Healthy Babies’ Perinatal and Post-Partum Behavioral Health Network.

Education: Melissa graduated from The George Washington University Law School and from Brandeis University with high honors.

Preferred way of contact: Email