Cecilia Rivas

National QPI Implementation Manager

Cecilia Rivas, LCSW joined the Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative in April 2020 as the National QPI Implementation Manager. Before joining YLC she served as Director of Intervention & Resource Development at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS). At DHS, she rebuilt and led the Philadelphia Quality Parenting Initiative; bolstered resource parent recruitment and retention; and improved wellbeing services for children, particularly access to mental health care and the reduction of antipsychotic medication. Cecilia also has frontline child welfare experience as a case management supervisor. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she provided trauma therapy to children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems in Chicago, IL. Cecilia is a Florida native now based in Philadelphia.


MSW, University of Central Florida (2011)
B.A., History & Women’s Studies, University of Central Florida (2009)

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