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American Humane Association Appoints Robert Sawyer as Senior Child Welfare Fellow

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The American Humane Association has named Robert Sawyer a senior fellow of its Children’s Division. Sawyer has led the implementation of a number of progressive child welfare and child mental health reforms, including differential response in child protection and family group decision making in Olmsted County, Minn.

The 133-year-old American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Senior fellows in the organization’s Children’s Division are scholars, administrators and practitioners who have dedicated their careers to improving the status of children and have made important and foundational contributions related to American Humane’s initiatives in the field of child welfare. They are a key resource for American Humane and make direct contributions to the organization’s work.

Sawyer received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and has worked at the state and county levels in child welfare in Minnesota since 1977. His professional experience between 1967 and 1977 included a focus on community and residential children’s mental health services in Kansas, Michigan and Ohio. Sawyer has presented at state, national and international conferences and has co-authored articles on implementing differential response in child protection. He has provided training and consultation on transforming child welfare for local authorities in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Europe.

As senior fellow, Sawyer joins Dr. Len Dalgleish and Dr. Patricia Schene, senior fellows in American Humane’s Child Protection Research Center, and Michael Doolan, a fellow in American Humane’s National Center on Family Group Decision Making. Dalgleish, appointed in 2009, is professor and chairman of decision making in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Stirling University in Stirling, Scotland, and program head at HealthQWest, a research effort focused on decision making in health care. Schene, appointed in 2007, has worked for more than 30 years in the field of child and family services as a state administrator, private agency director, researcher and professor. Doolan, appointed in 2006, provides expertise to child welfare and youth justice authorities in U.S. and Canadian communities, and was formerly an adjunct senior fellow at the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. For more information about American Humane’s Children’s Division,

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Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

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