Thursday, July 7, 2016

Mesa County Department of Human Services Announces New Child Welfare Division Director

Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) proudly announces Kari Daggett,
MSW as the new head of the Mesa County Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Division.  The selection was made after an intensive national search and selection process.

“Kari brings 17  years of expertise and experience as a case manager, supervisor, and most recently Child Welfare Division Manager,” says Tracey Garchar, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services. “Kari brings excellent leadership and vision to our Child Welfare Division and a deep sense of commitment to the children and families in Mesa County.  She has served our community in many different capacities and leadership levels, and has great perspective and experience.”

In her new leadership position Daggett will be responsible for leading 80+ child welfare professionals. She will be tasked with maintaining and further growing community partnerships, setting the vision and strategies for keeping children safe in Mesa County.  She will continue to strengthen efforts to work with kin and extended family as safe alternatives to foster care placements, whenever appropriate.

“My vision for Child Welfare is to continue to support and lead our cohesive and high performing team of trusted professionals, who value collaboration with our families and community partners to ensure children are safe and achieve timely permanency, “comments Daggett. Understanding the numerous facets of child welfare and its decision making processes is difficult, and at times confusing and frustrating. I plan to work with our community partners and leaders to forge a stronger and deeper level of understanding and commitment to addressing the issues that lead to abuse and neglect. Our Division and Department goal is to become not only a reactive system, but a proactive system that protects our most precious resource our children.”

Daggett has been with MCDHS since July 1999 she has progressively earned increased leadership roles with the Department of Human Services. She values community partnerships having served on the Court Best Practice Team for the 21st Judicial District.  In 2009, she received the “Excellence in Practice” award from the Colorado State Department of Human Services. Daggett earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Western State College and her Masters of Social Work Degree from Colorado State University.  

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