Alexandra Citrin is an expert in child welfare policy and practice and its effect on communities of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and immigrant families. Alexandra has been deeply involved in working with states and national partners to understand the complexities and requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and identifying opportunities within the bill to advance child welfare system reform efforts both as it relates to prevention services and the reduction of congregate care. She currently leads the team providing intensive technical assistance to states developing and implementing prevention activities through FFPSA. Alexandra’s system-reform work also includes providing technical assistance to state and local child welfare systems through child welfare systems operating under federal consent decree and the Infant Toddler Court Team Program. She is a trained reviewer for the Child and Family Service Review and Quality Service Review. Her policy expertise includes child welfare system and finance reform, health care, and immigration—with a focus on using frontline practice—knowledge to inform equity-focused policymaking.
Prior to joining CSSP, she was a family advocate at the Center for Family Representation, Inc. in New York, where she engaged in direct practice with parents and families involved in the child welfare system; Alexandra was a Child Welfare Scholar at the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and a master’s degree in public policy from the Ford School.
Carrie Toy is a Senior Court Operations Consultant with Florida’s Office of the State Courts Administrator. Ms. Toy has worked in the early childhood field for over twenty-five years and has specialized in child welfare practice and policy for over thirteen years. Serving as Florida’s Court Improvement Program Director, Ms. Toy primarily oversees the statewide Early Childhood Court and Family Dependency Drug Court initiatives. Prior to assuming her current role, she worked for ZERO TO THREE as a technical assistance specialist and statewide community coordinator for the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and additional graduate level studies in Child Development at Florida State University.
Darneshia Bell offers over 29 years of experience working with young children. Her background includes intensive work with families in urban communities, years of experience in Early Care and Education which ultimately led to the development of a Pre-K 4 program. She joined ZERO TO THREE as the Arkansas Community Coordinator for the Pulaski County Safe Babies Court Team Project in 2009. In the continuous leadership of ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Bell has provided support for communities implementing the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach in many roles. She served as a Statewide Training and Outreach Coordinator and Quality Improvement Center for Infant Toddler Court Teams Technical Assistance Specialist subsequently becoming the Senior Technical Assistance Specialist in 2018. She currently serves the project as the Director of Practice and Field Operations.
Over the last 10 years with ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Bell has presented on the safety and wellbeing of infants and toddlers in child welfare on local and national levels. She has spoken regularly at state infant mental health and early childhood conferences, including: The National Birth To Three Institute; The Arkansas Early Care and Education Annual Conference; The Arkansas Home Visiting Network Annual Conference; The Arkansas and Oklahoma Children in the Law Annual Conferences; State CASA Conferences for Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington State; The Arizona Infant and Toddler Symposium and Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health Conference ; The ZERO TO THREE: Scientific Meeting for the Board and Staff of ZERO TO THREE; The National Child Abuse and Neglect Conference; The ITCP Annual Cross Sites Meeting; The Maryland Divorce and Separation Roundtable; Arkansas Foster Parent Association Annual Meetings; The American Bar Association Annual Conference; Multiple years for the ZERO TO THREE: National Training Institute; Arizona’s First Thing First Annual Conference; San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, Louisiana’s Together We Can Conference; The Virginia Crimes Against Children’s Conference and The Children’s Defense Fund Annual Conference.
Mr. Silloway has over 20 years of experience working to help make state and local governments more effective through analyzing public funding sources; engaging state and local human services agencies and nonprofits to use data to inform policy, funding, and strategy decisions; and improving performance management and measurement systems. Prior to his current position, Mr. Silloway managed the research division of Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, including overseeing all aspects of external research products and tools; and managing internal research aimed at informing evidence-based policies and practices in state and county governments. Mr. Silloway has worked for and as a consultant with non-profit and government organizations, including the Finance Project, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Maryland Executive Office of Budget and Management. Mr. Silloway holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.