Pat Reynolds-Hubbard, MA, MSPH
Pat’s distinguished career began in adoption/foster care and medical social work in the specialties of maternal and child health, family planning and pediatrics. She has served as director of medical social services at a large children’s hospital; was executive director of a preventive mental health agency supporting families and promoting the development of infants and toddlers; and was regional director of Children’s Home Society of California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pat also has used her practice and management skills to rebuild a distressed adoption agency to effectively promote adoption by African American families.
Pat – who is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Harvard University in social work and public health – also served as a program officer at the Stuart Foundation, where she did grant-making in the field of child welfare. She used that platform to help create initiatives including the youth permanency movement, Linkages (which created collaboration between TANF and public child welfare in California counties), support programs for former foster youth on state college campuses in California, and landmark early work to establish concurrent planning as a child welfare practice.
Pat spent several years as director of public child welfare in San Francisco County at a time when the agency was in serious crisis. She led a multi-faceted reform initiative that included building a leadership team committed to reform, engaging staff in creating and implementing ideas for change, collaboration with the health department to support case workers in managing the health and dental care of foster children, collaboration with the mental health department to develop better assessment and treatment for child welfare clients, collaboration with San Francisco State University to significantly expand training opportunities for social workers, developing a quality assurance unit to enable the Division to monitor its own performance, and engaging the community at large to collaborate with the Division, which led to the establishment of several family support centers in communities of color.
Youth Permanency Practice is one of Pat’s main areas of expertise. She was the founding director of the California Permanency for Youth Project, which provided consultation and support to counties interested in establishing permanent family connections for youth in the foster care system who were at-risk of aging out of the system without any family support. In collaboration with a number of creative child welfare professionals around the U.S., youth permanency practice was established and taught to child welfare workers throughout California. In addition, using the vehicle of national convenings, many states around the country were engaged in starting youth permanency practice.
Pat is available to consult in the areas of youth permanency practice; management and leadership in public and private non-profit child welfare agencies, including initiating and managing organizational change; and collaboration on grant-making and fund-raising development in child welfare.