Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish recently announced the appointment of 10 individuals to serve on the county’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Advisory Board. Among them is David S. Crampton, PhD, associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
“Our school was founded by and for the Greater Cleveland community with the expectation that we would help train social workers who do very challenging work for our community,” Crampton says. “Our faculty members also provide direct support to community organizations who do this work. I am proud to be part of this legacy of service.”
Crampton, who has been on faculty at the Mandel School since 2002, has written extensively about Family Group Decision Making, which includes a plan for the care and protection of children at risk, developed in a meeting of family members, social workers and other interested community members. His research interests primarily focus on the evaluation of family-centered and community-based child welfare practices, with the ultimate goal of protecting vulnerable children through the engagement of families, communities and social service providers.
“David Crampton brings both expertise in child welfare services and a passion for helping children and their families. He has served DCFS in the past and is a wise choice for this important advisory board,” says Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.
The DCFS Advisory Board, created in 2018, furthers the cooperation and collaboration between DCFS and other child care agencies in Cuyahoga County and advises the division on policy matters pertaining services for children and families. The DCFS board will also study the effectiveness and need for services to children and families in Cuyahoga County and encourage the gathering of information.
Members of the DCFS Board consist of organizations and client populations who obtain services through division. The board also has among its members individuals who have demonstrated knowledge in programs for children, such as persons from the medical community, law enforcement, educational community and parent groups.