Samantha Fried, LCSW, brings seven years of experience in the child welfare system to her classroom. She began her career as a therapeutic case planner in the Treatment Family Foster Care Department of New Alternatives For Children, a foster care agency in New York City that serves medically fragile children and those with other special needs. She then spent four years as a Forensic Social Worker at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice, where she worked alongside attorneys to represent children in child protective and juvenile delinquency proceedings in Brooklyn Family Court.
Samantha is currently a Project Coordinator at the Center for Court Innovation for a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime of the United States Department of Justice. This national project seeks to create a package of interactive support materials for children, teens, their caregivers and the justice system practitioners who work with them to facilitate the provision of effective, developmentally appropriate court support services to children involved in state, federal and tribal court settings in criminal and civil cases.
Samantha is passionate about Child Welfare and Family Court reform, specifically an emphasis on an increased voice for children.