August 11, 2017
Wayne Carson, CEO, ACH Child and Family Services
“Foster Care in Texas”
Chairman of the Day: Derek Moffatt,
President and Financial Advisor, Moffatt Financial Strategies
Newscaster: Elliot Goldman
President, GL2 Partners
Wayne Carson has over 25 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles during his 15 year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of ACH Child and Family Services. The agency has expanded the number of children served from 300 per year to over 5000 per year, completed over $22 million of construction in both a new campus in southwest Fort Worth, and the Wichita Street Campus in east Fort Worth.
The mission of ACH is to “Protect Children and Preserve Families.” ACH offers 15 different programs to address child and family issues related to abuse, neglect, homelessness, and family conflict. Programs range from prevention initiatives to residential programs.
In 2011, Wayne assembled a team at ACH to explore ways to make specific, measurable improvements to the state’s foster care system, a system whose endemic problems are well known. Their planning resulted in a $30-million-per-year contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to launch Texas’ first urban Foster Care Redesign project in 2013. The program Wayne champions is better for children because it empowers communities to develop local capacity and be creative in the needs of its children. In 2014, ACH launched a new division, “Our Community, Our Kids,” to manage as Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for the seven counties making up Region 3b. Implementation over the past two years has demonstrated the power of this thoughtful model, and Wayne has testified dozens of times before the legislature and continues to successfully advocate for additional resources for an underfunded system. Thanks to Wayne’s philosophy that abused and neglected children who live in our community belong in our community, a clear plan to achieve meaningful change is evident.
Wayne holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and masters and doctorate degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the boards of the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, and the state board for the Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services. Wayne was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009, and Not-for-Profit CEO of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2015.
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