Allison Clark spent 25 years in the legal and corporate field as a legal secretary for various law firms and then as an administrative/project assistant for such companies as Aetna, Cigna, University of Southern California, and First Interstate Bancorp. In 2003, Ms. Clark began her career as a child protection services social worker for the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). She worked in specialized units including Medically Complex/High Risk Newborns, Mental Health Adolescents, and Permanency, working directly with parents and children, as well as other professionals in law enforcement, schools, hospitals, and the judicial system. In 2013, Ms. Clark transferred to the Foster & Adoption Services Division of DCF, where she was a licensing and support worker for adoptive families. She was a member of the permanency placement team responsible for the selection and matching of children with adoptive parents. In addition, she is a certified trainer for the PRIDE and TIPS-MAPP curriculum for pre-adoptive training. She also provided DCF Mandated Reporter Training to community agencies, religious organizations, and schools. Because of her knowledge of CPS and the foster care system, and the respect of her peers, she was selected to be one of the trainers for the mandated division-wide FASU 101 Refresher Course.
In 2018, after relocating to Maryland, Ms. Clark joined Paths for Families as the Foster Care Adoption Specialist. In this role, she is the trainer for the pre-licensing adoption training. She also assists families with their search for children by providing counseling and presenting them at various national matching conferences. Once children are identified, she assists with obtaining necessary information about them from child placing agencies so that families can make informed decisions. She is the lead negotiator for contracts that guide the placement of the child. Ms. Clark provides administrative support and advocacy to the families once a child is placed in the home. In her spare time, Ms. Clark enjoys traveling, reading, taking long walks, singing in her church choir, and volunteering in the community.