I am honored to serve as the CAC Board President after serving on the Board for the last three years. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of child abuse and I am finding my work with the CAC to be extremely rewarding. After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 1990, I worked as a Children’s Services Worker in Detroit Michigan for two years. In 1995, I obtained a law degree from Whittier Law School and started working at the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. There I spent 10 years providing legal representation to abused and neglected children in Dependency proceedings. In 2005, I became a Deputy County Counsel for the Dependency Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel’s office where I represent the Department of Children and Family Services in Dependency proceedings. In 2006 I was Certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Being asked to join the Board of the CAC was an honor as I was aware of their excellent reputation in the legal and social work community.
This is an exciting year for the CAC and I am thrilled to be a part of our change and growth. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary with a Gala in October. The move to our beautiful new facility has finally taken place. This facility provides a calm, peaceful home like setting for children and their families. It will also enable us to grow and provide more services to the children and families we serve. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the CAC, board membership, community involvement and giving. Thank you for celebrating our successes with us and for your support to help children who’ve been abused. – Maria Griglio