YAKIMA -- Maureen McGrath has been named director of the Division of Child Welfare Services for Catholic Charities and the network of Catholic Family & Child Service agencies.
McGrath most recently has been agency director for Catholic Family & Child Service in the Tri-Cities.
In her new role, McGrath will be responsible for providing oversight, planning, leadership, cultivating agency partnerships and continued development of key child welfare service initiatives regionally across Catholic Charities' service delivery areas.
Highlighted child welfare initiatives are foster care and related services, kinship services (grandparents raising grandchildren and other next of kin), family education and support services, pregnancy and parenting, Family Connections Demonstration Project in partnership with Children's Administration to promote safety, well-being, and permanency for children.
Catholic Charities' county network consists primarily of Chelan, Douglas, Yakima, Kittitas, Grant, Benton and Klickitat counties in Central Washington. However, other adjacent counties also will be served.
"Maureen has a pronounced passion for children but particularly so for those children most in need," said John L. Young, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima. "This appointment acknowledges Maureen's dedicated work on behalf of children and Benton and Franklin counties and allows her to use her abundant skills and great caring throughout Central Washington."
McGrath has more than 20 years of extensive experience in mental health, social services and administration.
Her background and accomplishments include co-authoring and co-managing the Family Connections Demonstration Project, a Fostering Connections and Adoption and Safe Families Act Grant through the Children's Bureau.
She also is Eastern Washington's appointed provider representative to the Washington State Transformation Design Committee, in which she carries the responsibility of developing the framework for performance based contracts for child welfare services in the state of Washington. In addition, she is a member of the Council for Children & Families' Grant Program Committee.
McGrath began her new position Nov. 1. She will continue to work from her CFCS office in Tri-Cities, although she will be traveling throughout Catholic Charities' network as needed.