Allison is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of child welfare and children’s mental health. She specializes in Attachment, Trauma and Permanency/Adoption. She brings 25 years of experience from all aspects of the non-profit sector including executive leadership, program development, board/staff training and engagement, and philanthropic partnering. Allison is a clinician, educator and advocate who is passionate about creating Systems of Care that are permanency competent and strengths based.
Allison has authored 10 Things Kinship Caregivers Need, Kinship Parenting Toolbox, 2015, The Dance of Permanence, Fostering Families Today, 2011, Becoming Your Foster Child’s Emotional Tutor, The Foster Parenting Toolbox, 2012, and is a co-author and master trainer of ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals (48 hrs of clinical training) and co-author and master trainer of Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting the Child of Loss and Trauma (21/hrs). Creator of The Ten Things Your Child Needs Everyday; a DVD training tool to assist parents/caregivers with specific strategies to strengthen their attachment relationship with their child. Complete vitae available on request.
Allison provides training, speaking and consultation services on a wide range of topics including strengthening Systems of Care, children’s mental health issues, trauma-informed care, adoption clinical competence, family assessment, adoption/permanency, developmental trauma, attachment, family attachment therapy, kinship care, transitional age youth and others. She has presented at national, state and local mental health and child welfare conferences including the Child Welfare League of America, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, San Diego County Children’s System of Care Training Academy and the prestigious Georgetown University National Symposium on Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care.
Adam Pertman, President and Co-Founder
Allison Davis Maxon, Executive Director
Joyce Taylor, Research and Evaluation Director
Co-Founder and Executive Director Emerita
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