Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
This author participated in a special PPN project on the topic of child abuse and neglect prevention.
J. Paige Greene
Richland County CASA, South Carolina
Jennifer Paige Greene was born and raised in Southwest Virginia in a small community called Pound, Virginia. Ms. Greene embraces her roots and can truly be called "a coal-miners daughter"!
Following graduation from high school, Ms. Greene obtained a BSW degree from East Tennessee State University. Her career in child advocacy launched in 1983 when Ms. Greene began employment with Fauquier County Department of Social Services in Warrenton, Virginia. From the onset of this career through present day, Ms. Greene has remained steadfastly involved in child advocacy. While employed with Fauquier DSS, Ms. Greene worked primarily in child abuse / neglect investigations and family preservation where she had the privilege of serving thousands of children.
In 1998, Ms. Greene moved to South Carolina and began immediate work with the South Carolina Department of Social Services where she worked until November 2003. While with SCDSS, Ms. Greene devoted her career to recruiting Resource Families for the department, adoption services and providing statewide technical assistance with resource development.
With desires to expand her career outreach, Ms. Greene joined Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates in November 2003 as a CASA Supervisor. Before being appointed as the Executive Director in 2004, Ms. Greene also served CASA working as Volunteer Manager and Program Manager. Through her leadership, the Richland County CASA organization has realized significant growth in volunteer resources as well as fund development. Ms. Greene's vision for CASA was to become a diverse, culturally competent organization that had the capacity of serving 100% of the abused / neglected children before the Richland County Family Court. Currently, the RCCASA organization is serving 100% of the children, has increased their volunteer resources by over 200%, and been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for their diversification progress. RCCASA is considered a best-practice model for child advocacy throughout the state of South Carolina. The organization was awarded the 2007 National CASA Diversity Award.