Ann Flagg is the Director of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)’s Collaborative Centers for Policy and Practice. Since joining APHSA in October 2017, Ms. Flagg has overseen its policy and practice work in child welfare, child care, economic assistance, and workforce and family-supporting systems. She is the lead policy liaison with both the federal agencies and APHSA’s membership on child welfare issues, including implementation of child welfare finance reform.
Prior to joining APHSA, Ms. Flagg served in a variety of leadership positions in the Maryland Department of Human Services, providing leadership and process improvement support to the state’s child welfare, economic and emergency assistance, and child support programs, including high-profile initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act and Title IV-E waiver implementation. She also has more than ten years of management, program design, performance management, and external affairs experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including three years of implementing performance management systems in a child welfare direct service provider.
Ms. Flagg has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Towson University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.
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With the children of immigrants a growing share of all U.S. children, and federal immigration enforcement and other policies undergoing significant change, some state and local child welfare agencies are developing new ways to improve how they work with immigrant families. This report examines key cultural, linguistic, and legal challenges, and how agencies are adjusting staffing, training, placement, and other policies to tackle them.