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15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
CASA for Children of D.C.
District of Columbia
Shane Salter grew up in the District of Columbia foster care system. He now devotes both his professional career and personal time to improving the lives of abused and neglected children.
In 2002, Mr. Salter founded Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of the District of Columbia and now serves as Executive Director. CASA's volunteer advocates spend time with the child, make recommendations to the court in the child's best interest, and collaborate with social workers and attorneys to ensure that the child receives appropriate services.
CASA is only the most recent milestone in Mr. Salter's 15 years of senior management and volunteer participation on behalf of children and families. When an assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders, he supported oversight of District government agencies, including: Human Services, Health, Mental Health, Child and Family Services, Office of Aging, Parks and Recreation, Office of Human Rights, State Education Office, and Public Library System. As director of Foundation Giving, Mr. Salter played a leadership role in a Freddie Mac Foundation record investment of more than $100 million in nonprofit organizations serving children and families.
Mr. Salter also formerly served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Office of For Love of Children, a local nonprofit agency that serves more than 1,000 children and families annually. He led a full-scale restructuring of all agency programs and operating systems while overseeing programs in foster care, neighborhood tutoring, youth development, transitional housing, and alternative education for severely emotionally disabled students. For eight years, Mr. Salter served as senior hospital administrator and re-engineering consultant at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
In a volunteer capacity, Shane Salter has served as President of Adoptive Families of America, Vice President of Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment, and on the boards of the National Association of Counsel for Children and the National CASA Association. Shane Salter and his wife Gloria parent their three birth daughters together with the four children with special needs they adopted from the D.C. Child and Family Services agency.