Cindy has worked in the field of child welfare for over 25 years as a social worker and clinician in the public and private sectors, focusing her work on children and families impacted by abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption. She trains and speaks to groups at the local and national levels, and is particularly committed to training, supporting and encouraging placement professionals to keep siblings together and to utilize creative means of maintaining sibling connections when placement together is not possible.
Cindy and her sister are graduate survivors of the Colorado foster care system. She is also a birth family member, having been searched for and found by her biological brother, who had been placed for adoption. She and her partner of 20 years are the proud adoptive parents of two boys who were in foster care in Los Angeles and experienced traumatic separation. Because of her own experience of being separated from her siblings and her sons’ comparable experiences, Cindy is particularly committed to training, supporting and encouraging placement professionals to keep siblings together and to utilize creative means of maintaining connections between siblings when placement together is not possible.
In addition to her work with NCAP, Cindy is a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, CA. She is also a former assistant director, clinician and parent educator at the Kinship Center, as well as a past director of Camp to Belong in Orange County, which is a member of an international organization that has been providing camp experiences for separated siblings since 1995. Cindy is available as an expert trainer and a consultant on issues including sibling connections and permanency-competent mental health services.
Cindy is available as an expert trainer and a consultant on permanency competent mental health services.
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