Leslie Rozeff is a clinical social worker and administrator 20+ years experience working in service of children and families. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. During her career, she has worked in both public sector and private, non-profit settings as a therapist and clinical director of community-based mental health and residential treatment programs. Prior to this position, Ms. Rozeff worked for 9 years as the Director of a university-based Child Welfare Training Institute.
She has provided training, consultation and technical assistance to community-based agencies and human services systems particularly in the areas of organizational improvement, systems integration and development of family-centered practices. She has served on numerous committees and initiatives focusing on improving service delivery to children and families and has been a featured presenter and trainer for national conferences on child welfare and children’s behavioral health.
Currently, Ms. Rozeff is a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she is the Director of the Child Welfare Academy. The Academy operates in partnership with the Maryland Department of Human Resources to provide pre-service and in-service training to Maryland’s public child welfare workers, supervisors, and administrators, as well as foster, kinship, and adoptive families. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator for the Maryland KEEP Program and is a consultant with the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC). In this role, she has recently worked on projects with child welfare systems in North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Her areas of special interest include reducing reliance on residential care for children in the foster care system, improving organizational effectiveness in systems serving children and families, and developing effective strategies for translating child welfare policy into practice.