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Rachel White
Child Welfare Policy Director

Rachel White comes to Advocates for Children and Youth after a stint at Infinity Counseling Group as an intensive in-home counselor for at-risk youth.  Rachel worked collaboratively with the clinical director, case managers, service providers and other supports to assess and provide for the psychological/emotional, social, academic, medical, needs of each child in her care.  Before this appointment, Rachel was an advocate supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she recruited, trained and supervised a team of 20-30 court appointed advocates and assisted them with case plans for effective advocacy for children and families.

Rachel also taught courses on child advocacy and child welfare policy at Montclair State University.  She also brings to the job extensive clinical experience that includes work in the North Carolina Court system, Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Child Advocacy Clinic.  Rachel also held legal internships in New York and Virginia.

As the child welfare director, Rachel’s responsibilities will include developing strategies to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families involved in Maryland’s child welfare system.  She will also collaborate with child welfare stakeholders across the Maryland to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families involved with state’s child welfare system.  Rachel assumes the position from Melissa Rock, who is now the Director of Zero to Three Strategic Initiative in Baltimore City.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Winston-Salem State University and her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University.