16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Lisa Durbin, MSW
Lisa Durbin has dedicated her professional life to the prevention of child maltreatment and the protection of Kentucky's children. A tireless advocate, she strives to realize the best interests of children and does so with humor and grace. Committed to the children of Kentucky and to the ethical standards of social work practice, Ms. Durbin currently leads the Child Safety Branch in the Division of Protection and Permanency, the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. Each day she addresses a myriad of crises with dedication, intellectual curiosity, and a caring spirit.
Ms. Durbin assumes the lead on the Department's Kinship Care Initiative, working to educate staff and community partners on the complex issues involved. Additionally, she is involved directly in Kentucky's quality assurance efforts through her case review and Program Improvement Plan (PIP) related activities. As Child Safety Branch Manager, Ms. Durbin supervises 12 staff members in a variety of program areas, including: Child Protective Services (CPS) program specialists who provide technical assistance to social work staff across the State on investigations and in-home cases, nurses who provide medical information to field staff on abuse/neglect issues and who manage the Medically Fragile Program, overseer staff who provide program oversight to Family Preservation and Reunification Programs statewide, and staff who handle Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CB-CAP) monies and programs that promote prevention of child abuse and neglect across Kentucky.
Currently, Ms. Durbin serves as a board member of the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, which assists local teams on the investigation and prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse cases. She continues to work on Kinship Care issues, PIP/Child and Family Services Review issues, and in the development of an improved worker information system and assessment tool. She served as a member of the Child Victims Trust Fund Board for three years to assist in child sexual abuse prevention in Kentucky, as well as participated actively in Kentucky's Child and Family Services Review process.