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A little over a year ago, I pulled up to the bustling White Rose Grill in York County for a lunch appointment with local non-profit leader who I was meeting for the first time. I was feeling a little nervous, hoping I’d be able to pick Rick Azzaro, Executive Director of Voce, out of the crowd. We connected and Rick’s positive energy and kindness quickly put me at ease. With a lingering sense of comfort and belonging, my relationship with Voce began that day.
Family Design Resources announced a transformation to bring its multidisciplinary expertise to public and private human services agencies throughout the country. Now known as Voce (pronounced vō-chāy, which means voice), the organization offers consultation and training to human services agencies throughout the country in the areas of trauma and loss, adoption and permanency, diversity and inclusion, and individual and family well-being.
In 2012, we were a happy family of five. My husband, Joe, and I were the parents of three beautiful children, and we had decided our family was complete after the birth of our youngest daughter, Hannah. Everything was great as it was. Our kids were involved in sports and school and growing fast.
In this exclusive interview, Deborah Wilson Gadsden, Voce training specialist and author of A Changing Perspective on Child Welfare: From Teen Mom to Seasoned Professional, talks about the forces that propelled her to share her account of growing up and growing in the social work field with a national audience of social workers. Deborah’s writing captures her humility, insights, wisdom and grace spanning nearly five decades of service to the child welfare field.
FDR has joined with the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) to strengthen mental health services provided to adoptive families in Pennsylvania by administering the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) developed by C.A.S.E.
Carly King, LMSW and Nicolee Hiltz, Ph.D. will draw from their experiences as adoptive parents and a seasoned trauma professionals to train the first Training for Adoption Competency course offered to Pennsylvania clinicians.