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Hi, I'm Amy Smith


Amy Smith

Permanency Planning Coordinator

Amy Smith, MSW, Permanency Planning Evaluation Coordinator & New Light Therapist, joined JPA in January 2020. Amy graduated with a Master of Social work from Rutgers University.


Amy is part of the team at JPA that conducts permanency assessments for children and families who are involved with DCFS. They interview participants, conduct caregiver/child observations, complete extensive document reviews, and complete a lengthy report that summarizes our findings and our recommendations for the families. In addition to her role as Permanency Planning Evaluation Coordinator, Amy is one of JPA's New Light Therapists. Amy is trained in EMDR, which is a technique that helps your mind and body process the effects of trauma.

Amy has over 20 years of experience working with people that have experienced trauma, including youth and families who have experienced involvement with the child welfare system. Prior to joining JPA, Amy worked in multiple child welfare and therapeutic settings providing direct care and assessment services to children and families. 


Amy is All in for Kids because: “To quote Frederick Douglass, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." We live in a complex world that places multiple demands on children and families, and it is critical that they be provided with resources to allow them to thrive.” 

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