Rebecca M. Robuck is a policy expert and social worker with a passion for leveraging policy and system reform to improve outcomes for children and families. As the Policy Director for ChildFocus,she manages ChildFocus’s policy-focused work, including projects related to the intersections between substance abuse and child welfare, preventing child abuse and neglect, trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), issues impacting older youth in foster care, and girls and young women “at the margins” of society.
Previously, Rebecca was a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), where she handled a range of social welfare issues impacting children and families, with a special emphasis on child welfare. In supporting Rep. Cooper’s innovative approach to child welfare, she developed deep relationships with the legislative, research, and advocacy communities and was encouraged to think expansively about new strategies for child welfare reform by reaching out to key constituents and stakeholders.
Rebecca holds Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. During her time in graduate school, she worked with the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, where she helped build systems to ensure that children in the Philadelphia child welfare system receive appropriate physical and mental health services. Rebecca also worked directly with at-risk children and families as a case manager at Episcopal Community Services (ECS), a social services agency in Philadelphia. She also wrote for the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, highlighting significant social innovations in the Philadelphia region.
Rebecca lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband John, their two daughters, and their dog.