In 2011, I became the new director of a 130 employee Child Support agency. This was just weeks prior to our agency’s application for a three-year, $5.4 million Administration for Children and Families federal grant. I was new to the Child Support program and suddenly thrown into the deep end putting together a team of ten area non-profit agencies to serve 1,800 low-income fathers each year. Without the right partners, our chance for failure was great, and failure would mean not only the loss of revenue and positions in my agency and others, but a lost opportunity to provide meaningful fatherhood related services to thousands of indigent men in difficult circumstances.
For my agency’s success, the right partner was Angela Turner of AMTC & Associates. Angela demonstrates reassuring professionalism across the spectrum of social services grant program evaluation and management. With her guidance, we put together the rest of our ten-entity team and won the grant award. This took considerable expertise, and oftentimes adroit political and interpersonal skills in managing the personalities and non-profits involved, as well as being cognizant of their own histories and interrelationships.
When we were confronted in the first year with challenges in obtaining sufficient referrals to meet the grant numbers, Angela led our development of a plan to identify the problem and fix it. We’ve met our goal numbers in nearly every metric since that time and have never missed reporting deadlines. The grant program has resulted in thousands of low income men receiving services in the areas of healthy marriage, responsible parenting and economic self-sufficiency, which has brought them closer to their goals of being capable and involved parents. For my Child Support agency, it’s meant consistent increases in our performance and repositioning Child Support as an active social service partner in the community, serving all members of our participant families.
That successful three-year grant program has since been renewed for subsequent years. The opportunity to interact with other grant recipients at Federal Grantee conferences greatly enhanced my confidence that we had a strong, highly organized and professional partner in Angela. Her national reputation within social services grant operation circles served my agency and our grant well. She knows everybody, and they know her and her work. I enthusiastically recommend her work.