Rose Martinez Orsborn
For over 27 years, Rose Martinez Orsborn has provided dedicated services to children and families who have suffered the effects of abuse and neglect. She began her career as a frontline Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker in the Texas Department of Public Welfare. After 15 years of direct protective services work, including the positions of CPS supervisor and CPS program director, Ms. Orsborn served for two years as the program director for purchased services in the San Antonio region. In 1990, she was selected for her first administrative role and, ultimately, became the Region 08 Regional Director, the position she holds today. During her career as a leader for the San Antonio region, Ms. Orsborn has been responsible for a number of innovations and initiatives designed to improve services with available resources. One example is the CREST Project, a three-year kinship care demonstration project providing support, training, and financial assistance to relative caregivers. Ms. Orsborn, a collaborator, has been creative in her development of community resources and her ability to bring together partners to better serve families. Ms. Orsborn serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, as an advisory board member of the National Resource Center for Child Maltreatment, and as an advisory committee member for the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children. Ms. Orsborn acts as a leader and mentor in the child protective services field. Identified by many in the community as the first person to call, Ms. Orsborn conveys encouragement and support to those around her. Her ongoing dedication and outstanding contributions in the field of child welfare in Texas deserve recognition.