CHARLESTON, S.C., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Johnson, CEO of Neighbor to Family (NTF) announced the appointment of Dr. Kay W. Phillips as executive director of the organization's new Charleston, South Carolina sibling program. NTF is an organization that specializes in keeping siblings together when foster care is necessary. The South Carolina Department of Social Services has contracted with NTF to provide services to abused and neglected siblings in the Trident area. Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties make up the Trident.
Dr. Phillips, who will begin her duties at NTF on April 16th, was most recently the executive director of Children in Crisis, Dorchester Children's Center in Summerville, South Carolina. Her distinguished career includes teaching at the college level and private practice Employee Assistance Program counseling. Dr. Phillips earned PhD and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.
As executive director, Dr. Phillips will be responsible for organizing the new office from the ground up. She will recruit, train and manage a professional network of social workers, therapists and foster parents. Neighbor to Family is the nation's leading proponent of keeping siblings together in foster care. The NTF model also works to return children back to their birth parents as soon as possible or arrange for adoption into a caring family.
"We were very pleased with Dr. Phillips' decision to join the NTF family. She is a consummate professional and cares deeply about the children she works with," said Johnson. She is an innovator, a strong advocate of teamwork and a highly effective leader. She will be developing and leading a group of very special people who must have a passion for keeping siblings together.
State Representative Jenny Horne commented to Johnson about the Phillips appointment, "NTF and Dr. Phillips are perfect partners. She is totally committed to keeping siblings together and reuniting them with their biological families as quickly as possible. When reunification is not in the best interest of the children, no one will work harder than Kay to identify a permanent placement where the love and stability, critical to their growth and development is abundant."
Neighbor to Family Charleston operates from offices located at Rivergate Center 11, 4975 Lacross Road. The organization's national headquarters is in Daytona Beach.
Contact: James Patterson
Patterson Partners, Inc.
Greensboro, NC 27407
SOURCE Neighbor to Family