WASHINGTON– Innovative leader and child advocate Dodd White has been named the new executive director for the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) and started work last week at the 120-year-old nonprofit organization. ECC offers a day treatment program serving emotionally-troubled children ages 5-12.
“Frederick Douglass said it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. My philosophy and approach is strengths-based and children first,” said Dodd White. “I will be focused on engaging the family and the community as part of treatment and growth for children coping with emotional trouble.”
White replaces Alan Korz, the longtime executive director of ECC, who will retire after a distinguished 52-year career helping emotionally troubled children. Korz has served as executive director of the Center since 1973.
“Preserving and building on ECC’s history of successful service to children, while cultivating a supportive, therapeutic and educational environment that promotes the development of children into their best possible selves is my primary objective,” said White.
White also believes that family involvement and support are key to helping emotionally troubled children, and these are core tenets of ECC’s approach. “I believe in the value and potential of children and families. I think we can all play an integral part in helping them access the skills and strengths that propel them to productive lives,” said White.
Child advocacy, mental health, youth development, strategic planning, performance management, issues resolution, program development, volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention, nonprofit development, sustainability and program implementation have been the focus of White’s career.
Over the last 20 years, he has worked with the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the Child Welfare League of America, Arlington County Department of Human Services, Port Hope Family and Youth Development Services, Florence Bertell Academy, Waterbury Hospital Crisis Intervention Services, Waterbury Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services and New Opportunities for Waterbury, Inc. He also founded and managed the FunSports All-Star Basketball Camp.
White has worked as a group home counselor, a family preservation caseworker, a therapeutic foster care caseworker, a psychiatric technician/school liaison, a mental health clinician, a school clinical therapist, a program and clinical director for an independent living facility, a social worker, a program manager and a regional program officer.
White holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He has a certification in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a certification in team management systems.
Since its founding in 1894, the Center has served children – first as a convalescent home for sick children, then as an orphanage. Since 1959 The Center has served as a treatment center for emotionally troubled children. In 1959 it moved from a partial residential program to an intensive day program.
After an on-site accreditation review last fall, the Center was awarded a gold seal of excellence by the Joint Commission for its compliance with national standards in behavioral health care. The Joint Commission began accrediting the Center annually in 1998. The Center has been fully accredited since 1978. It was first accredited by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children.
About the Episcopal Center for Children
The Episcopal Center for Children is a private nonprofit, nondenominational day treatment facility for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the Center offers a day treatment program for children who are 5-12 years old, and focuses on enabling children to return to the public school and the community, while being able to re-engage with their families and build a positive future for themselves. More information is available at ECCofDC.org.
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