Madeline Reedy has taken the role of chief program officer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she will supervise and lead programs that directly improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County.
The center said those programs provide services that include reading and coordinating a multidisciplinary response for all Dallas County child abuse reports that meet agency criteria; neutral, legally defensible, and developmentally appropriate interviews of child victims and witnesses to violent crimes; ongoing case management and case navigation support; free evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health treatment; and data tracking, analysis, and reporting.
The organization said that Reedy is a critical member of the multidisciplinary team and that her role is essential to ensure an efficient and cohesive continuum of life-changing services for the community’s most vulnerable children.
Reedy will oversee:
- Multidisciplinary coordination
- Program outcomes
- Forensic services
- Family advocacy
- Mental health
Reedy started her career by working with Head Start and Youth Advocate Programs, learning how poverty impacts children, the center said. That experience led to roles with increased responsibility focused on youth and young adults in the foster care system.
Working to fight the causes and effects of poverty
Reedy has nearly 20 years of experience working within the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and brings expertise in contracts, evaluation, and financial management to ensure quality services are provided through evidence-based programming.
The center said that Reedy’s commitment to working in partnership with public agencies led to significant growth in budget and projects, such as expanding housing programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the Criminal Justice Division, while providing subject-matter expertise to various initiatives of the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
She has worked for CitySquare, a nonprofit that fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship, since 2005.
As the vice president of public policy and government affairs, Reedy provided the overall strategic direction for CitySquare’s external engagement with federal, state, and local government agencies and any elected officials and its staff, community leaders, and stakeholders.
She also was appointed the interim executive director of CitySquare Housing, a role in which she was responsible for the housing development arm of CitySquare through that separate 501c3 nonprofit.
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