15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Nancy L. Rollins, M.S.W.
Division of Children, Youth and Families
Nancy L. Rollins, the Director of the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), assumes responsibility for child protective and child care/child development services, the Head Start Collaboration Project, and public administration and oversight of domestic violence services. She brings over 30 years of private and public sector child welfare experience to her work, reflecting such disciplines as child protection, juvenile justice, mental health, developmental services, health care, domestic violence, and substance abuse treatment. Ms. Rollins also currently serves as the President of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators.
Nancy Rollins advocates strongly for the development of an array of community-based services and supports to help reduce the dependency on more costly long-term institutional placements and assist individuals and families in gaining the skills necessary for their own self-determination. Early in her career, Ms. Rollins focused on community-based youth work, providing a variety of services and supports to adolescents. She now successfully leads a revitalized emphasis on serving youth in the New Hampshire child protection system. As a result, the New Hampshire DCYF has launched a new cadre of staff who specializes in adolescent work with an emphasis on moving increased numbers of older youth to permanency.
Notable about Ms. Rollins is her rare combination of knowledge and abilities, enabling her to balance the administration of the State's child welfare agency with a constant focus on the impact of the work of the DCYF on each individual child and family. Her skills in maintaining public awareness of child abuse and neglect foster a high degree of collaboration with community partners, as well as funding support from the New Hampshire State government.
Nancy Rollins has the ability to understand and explain every facet of the New Hampshire system of family support and intervention. Her unwavering dedication and inspiring leadership has brought genuine positive change to the well-being of children and families in New Hampshire.