MDHHS announces Children's Services Agency deputy director


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LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon today announced the appointment of JooYeun Chang as Senior Deputy Director for the Children’s Services Agency. Chang has over 17 years of experience in child welfare and human service practice and policy. 

Chang will lead MDHHS’ Children’s Services Agency, which oversees the state’s child welfare system, including Children’s Protective Services, the foster care system that serves approximately 13,500 children, adoption services and juvenile justice programs.

“The hard work of our staff has brought us to this threshold of great progress for the kids we serve,” said Gordon. “With JooYeun’s deep knowledge of what works, her diverse experiences, and her passionate commitment, we can help many more children achieve safety, gain permanency, and ultimately realize their potential.”

Chang is currently Managing Director at Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on improving the child welfare system. She has led work to identify, develop and disseminate information about the most promising best practices in child welfare, including work in partnership with Michigan’s Children’s Services Agency.

William C. Bell Ph.D., President and CEO of Casey Family Programs shared, “JooYeun Chang is an incredibly talented and committed leader and change agent. I have had the opportunity to work with her in a variety of ways since 2007, and over those 12 years, her commitment to the well-being of all children and families has remained her focus and has never wavered. Michigan will benefit greatly from her leadership.”

She previously served as head of the Children’s Bureau in the Administration of Children of Families. The Children’s Bureau is the first federal agency within the U.S. government to focus exclusively on improving the lives of children and families. In leading the Children’s Bureau, Chang administered more than $7 billion in federal programming to support national child protection, foster care, guardianship and adoption programs.  

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.   

Chang is expected to start her position on May 20, 2019. 

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