Child Welfare Consultant
Rob Woronoff has worked with children, youth, and families for more than twenty-five years. He has worked as the Probation Training Program Director at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a program director with Just Detention International where he directed Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) implementation projects in jails and prisons in several states. As Director of LGBTQ Services with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in Washington, DC, Rob led national efforts to strengthen the capacity of America’s child welfare system to serve LGBTQ youth and families. He was Director of LGBTQ Services and Peer Programs at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston where he developed several adolescent programs including New England’s first group home for LGBTQ youth. He managed HIV prevention programming for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as well as the contracts of programs supported by the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. As an independent consultant (Rob Woronoff Consulting, robworonoff.com), Rob has worked with clients throughout the country including HRC’s All Children All Families project (lead trainer and co-manager), the Alaska Department of Human Services, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, the Council on Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the Judicial Council of California, the American Bar Association, the Devereux Foundation, the Maryland Department of Children and Families, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and many others. Rob is a member of the LGBT Sub-committee and chair of the training committee of the US Department of Justice/Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Rob was the principal author of Out of the Margins: A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Care, served as co-editor of the first LGBTQ special edition of the journal Child Welfare, was a consulting editor on the ACLU’s publication Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting, and has authored numerous published articles on supportive care for LGBTQ youth. His work has been featured in Time, The Advocate, CNN, and USA Today (among others). He has appeared as a featured guest addressing adoption by LGBT parents on National Public Radio’s On Point and Talk of the Nation. Rob has delivered presentations and speeches at more than 100 conferences and has provided training to thousands of social workers, foster parents, attorneys, law enforcement and corrections officials, medical and mental health professionals, and other advocates for children and families throughout the country. He holds a BFA degree in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS degree in Human Services Program Development from the University of Massachusetts. Rob was a licensed foster parent through Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC.