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TFI employee promoted to Senior Vice President

Lubbock, TX (October 15, 2023) – The Family Initiative (TFI) is pleased to announce Melissa Wood as the new Senior Vice President of Clinical and Assessment Services.

Wood has over 23 years of experience in the foster care field. Before serving as the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Assessment Services, Wood was the Director of Intake and Placement for over 2 years. Prior to coming to TFI, she served as the Senior Vice President over Quality Assurance, Admissions, Clinical Services and Community-Based Care at a large Texas social services agency. She has also previously served as a VP of Quality Assurance, a child therapist, and a Residential Treatment Center Clinical Director.

“Melissa is a knowledgeable, dedicated member of the TFI team. She brings years of child welfare experience to the table. As an organization dedicated to staff development, I am proud to watch our team members rise and thrive, and I have no doubt Melissa will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role,” said Michael Patrick, TFI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President.

As the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Assessment Services, Wood will provide oversight of TFI’s Intake and Placement Department, as well as being responsible for managing TFI’s Clinical and Prevention programs, including Family Preservation.

Wood received her Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She received her Master’s in Counseling and Development from Texas Women’s University. She is a licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor.

In Fiscal Year 2023, TFI served more than 6,227 children in prevention, foster care, adoption, and residential services. TFI is actively recruiting foster families to provide a loving caring home to children in foster care. Foster parents are essential and vital partners who help TFI deliver quality services and support for children and families. To learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a foster parent, please call 1-833-7FOSTER.

TFI is a leading child welfare agency providing experience, compassion, quality services and care. We provide various types of services in the community and have more than 50 years of experience in providing child welfare services including foster care services, group home care, case management, independent living, psychiatric residential treatment center, behavioral health, adoption services, visitation services, and aftercare services. TFI has more than 1,000 employees providing quality services in five states.