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Michael W. Wagner, LMSW

Michael W. Wagner, LMSW

The Children's Aid Society
Director of Permanency
Bronx, NY, USA


Michael W. Wagner, LMSW

Michael W. Wagner is the Director of Permanency for The Children’s Aid Society (CAS).  He provides directorial supervision of Adoption and Family Team Conferencing programs for CAS and coordinates In-service staff training for the Adoption and Foster Care Programs of CAS, a role held for 9 years.  He has been a social worker in child welfare services for 31 years, the past 25 with CAS.  He has worked as a residential child care worker, a caseworker in emergency foster care, a sociotherapist and as a trainer for foster care and preventive staff, for homemakers and for resource families.  In his role as Director of Permanency he has been responsible for programs in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx and from Family Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care to Homefinding and Foster Home Development before his present position.  In 1996, as Coordinator for Group Work Services, he developed and facilitated a parenting group to help birth families work more successfully towards reunification with their children in foster care entitled “Families for Reunification.” In 1997 Families for Reunification: Partners in the Plan was presented at the 19th Annual Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Group (now the International Association of Social Work with Groups – IASWG).  The paper was selected for inclusion in the proceedings from that symposium and published in Crossing Boundaries and Developing Alliances through Group Work (Lindsay, Turcotte & Hopmeyer (eds.), Haworth, 2003).

He has continued to collaborate with colleagues to promote family to family practice, services to improve family visiting and practices to promote permanency.  Wagner received his BA degree in psychology from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO, and his MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work (HCSSW), New York, NY with a concentration in social work with groups.  He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and has been certified since 1998.  He serves as the Secretary of the IASWG and serves on the Association Executive Committee and Board.  He has presented papers and lectures in local, national and international conferences on a wide variety of child welfare topics.  He serves as a field instructor for social work students at schools of social work including Hunter, NYU, Columbia, Cornell Urban Scholars and Fordham.  Wagner is a former PLI faculty and a former adjunct professor at HCSSW.

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