Lori's public and private child welfare experiences paired with her military training afford unique and relevant resources within the Child Welfare Institute. Lori's child welfare background includes direct practice in the areas of child protection, work with sentenced and detained youth in juvenile corrections, and adoption recruitment and training. In addition to her direct practice work, Lori is also experienced in the area of system change. Lori has participated in exciting systems change work in the areas of gender specific programming for young women at the Rhode Island Training School and the creation of Permanency Support Teams for Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Lori's social work and military leadership experiences merged to create unique and enriching results. As a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, Expeditionary Warfare and Master Training Specialist with a civilian social work background, Lori was chosen to serve in the United States Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa as Coalition Program Manager. Lori spearheaded an effort to improve and support relationships with our invitational officers from 12 East African, 1 North African and select Middle Eastern & European countries.
Lori also serves as the Coordinator for the Adoption & Foster Care (AFCC) Certificate Program. The AFCC is certificate is a program of post-graduate study in the area of permanency and adoption with a specialized focus on child welfare. The AFCC is administered through the Child Welfare Institute, in partnership with the Rhode Island College School of Social Work and Office of Continuing Education, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); Adoption Rhode Island; Beacon Health Strategies; Child & Family Services, and Family Service of Rhode Island. The AFCC requires completion of eleven core courses and three electives. Course are offer in a wo year cycle. For more information on the AFCC, please visit http://www.ric.edu/socialWork/afccindex.php.Lori's specific areas of interest and expertise include:
Lori welcomes opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in human services.