15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Child Protective Services
Stephanie Fogli-Terry, an Administrator in Rhode Island's Division of Child Protective Services, has over 17 years experience in professional child welfare, serving in a broad range of roles both as a line worker and supervisor. Her promotion two years ago to the position of Administrator was based on her years of outstanding work in both roles, as well as her clear ability as a leader and innovator in support of best practices in child welfare.
In her current role as Administrator, Ms. Fogli-Terry courageously displays an unwavering commitment to family-centered and community-based intervention, never losing sight of the Division's mandate regarding the safety and well-being of children and youth. During a period of change as to what exemplifies best practice in child welfare, she has worked diligently to educate herself and the entire Division about emergent best practices. More than an educator, Ms. Fogli-Terry utilizes the highest level of leadership, extraordinary intelligence, and an innate ability to work effectively within and across the client and provider systems in Rhode Island. She earns the trust and respect of her peers; Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) management; and, most importantly, the clients she serves.
Important personal qualities complement her work performance. Ms. Fogli-Terry has an infectious sense of humor that enables her to express her position and lead others in a supportive but firm way. Her generosity of time and effort with her staff continues to amplify the respect accorded her. Ultimately, of all these outstanding qualities, the most compelling and appreciated is the deep and enduring compassion she shows to every person she serves and every person with whom she works.
Throughout Rhode Island, the admirable professional and special personal qualities of Ms. Togli-Terry are recognized in her every day interactions. Her dedication, comportment, and hard work have served to change directly the face of how DCYF moves through and functions within the community. She continues to challenge herself and to learn about ways to raise the bar in exploring best practices. Stephanie Fogli-Terry is an extraordinary administrator, an important leader in systems change, and a tireless advocate in the difficult task of translating child welfare theory into actual practice, which means forever walking the tenuous line between the preservation of family and the protection of children.