Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Rhonda Reagh, Greene County Children Services, Ohio

Magazine article Policy & Practice

In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Rhonda Reagh, Greene County Children Services, Ohio

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Name: Rhonda E. Reagh

Title: Executive Director

Years of Service: I've spent 31 years in child welfare, 12 in my current position as a local director.

Rewards of the Job: The rewards are numerous. I am privileged to get up each day and know that the work our agency does makes a significant difference in the lives of children and families. Not many people can say that about their work. I also enjoy mentoring and coaching new social workers and supervisors and being involved in state and national advocacy efforts related to child welfare issues.

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Accomplishments Most Proud

Of: Having my agency receive its COA accreditation and reaccreditation, being a pilot site for Ohio's Alternative Response Initiative and CAPMIS (risk and safety assessment) Initiative, our participation in Ohio's IV-E Waiver for 12 years, earning my doctorate and completing the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governments.

Thoughts About the State of Child Welfare: I am very hopeful for the future of child welfare as a field. While the demand for our services will likely grow in proportion to the poor economy and other family stressors, this is the time for us to be as innovative as we can be in including families and the community in child safety issues. …

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