C. Lynne Edwards, MSW, LCSW
Lynne is a highly respected clinician, trainer, curriculum writer, policy developer administrator, consultant and advocate. Before joining NCAP, she held a range of senior positions in child welfare in the public and private sectors in Virginia for over four decades. Lynne is also an expert practitioner with children and families who utilizes a trauma-informed, strength-based therapeutic approach.
Lynne joined NCAP after retiring as CEO of Richmond-based C2Adopt and as a Senior Consultant at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). She collaborated in the development of Virginia's first risk-assessment policy in child protective services, participated in the development the state's first post-legal-adoption model, and served as the state's first Adoption Program Manager for VDSS. She has been instrumental in changing the face of adoption in Virginia, beginning in 1995 by placing children an agency had considered "unadoptable" and through her instrumental role in changing the state code to permit open adoptions.
She went on to become CEO of one of Virginia's leading nonprofit child-placing agencies, and brought attention to the impact of trauma on children in the public welfare system as a Senior Program Consultant in Child Protective Services and Prevention. She also collaborated in the development of Virginia's first risk-assessment policy in child protective services, redesigned the state's child protective services information system, and became a lead in the Train the Trainer for Child Protective Services statewide (a three-week training for all CPS workers). In addition, she developed the state's post-legal adoption model; helped launch a statewide, state-funded program for post-legal-adoption services; and helped develop the state’s trauma-informed programs in the nonprofit sector.
Lynne’s work has explored the relationship between adoption, trauma, child development and attachment, and has led to the development of a multidimensional protocol to assess the needs of adoptive families raising children who experienced early childhood trauma. She also developed "Modern Family," a psycho-educational support group for LGBTQ adoptive parents. In 2012, with Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now, she was one of the co-founders of a community-based Trauma Informed Network, which has now expanded to more than 50 members.
Lynne is available as an expert trainer and consultant for professionals, parents and caregivers on numerous topics relating to adoption and child welfare.