Foster Care Expert Nancy Rolock Appointed Associate Professor

Nancy Rolock headshot

On August 1, Nancy Rolock, PhD, joins the faculty of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In her position as Associate Professor, she will teach in the child welfare track of the social work master’s degree program and continues her research into building better services and supports for children and families involved in the foster care and child welfare systems.

“Nancy Rolock is a wonderful addition to the Mandel School,” said Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences. “With her commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice, she shares our faculty’s mission to lead social change and brings a wealth of experience into the classroom for our students.”

For more than 23 years, Dr. Rolock has researched child well-being, particularly those children who have experienced foster care and adoption. She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a five-year project, National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation, which is federally funded by a $23.4 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services to work in conjunction with eight jurisdictions across the United States to implement and evaluate interventions for families who have adopted or taken guardianship of children previously in foster care (and parents planning to adopt or become legal guardians).

She is also the Principal Investigator of a three-year project, Understanding Post Adoption and Guardianship Instability for Children and Youth Who Exit Foster Care, in which she is conducting a rigorous exploration of family experiences and outcomes after the finalization of adoption or guardianship. It is a federally funded by a $3.1 million grant from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at Health and Human Services.

Dr. Rolock was previously Associate Professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she had been on the faculty since 2013. She earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 and received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1991.