- Policy and Advocacy
Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, National Center for Children and Families
Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Ed.D, ACSW, has managed and provided organizational and individual consultation to numerous agencies and professionals serving diverse populations in a variety of settings. She has published and presented internationally on topics relating to substance abusing mothers, substance exposed infants, children in poverty, homeless women and depression, juvenile delinquency, child victimization, cross-cultural responsiveness, organizational development and systems reform in child and family welfare and juvenile justice. She co-edited the special edition of the Child Welfare Journal focused on African American families and children in the child welfare system and spearheaded the first national African-American Child Welfare Summit held in St. Louis in 1995, resulting in the monograph, Children in Social Peril: A Community Vision for Preserving Family Care of African American Children and Youth.
Currently,Dr. Brissett Chapman serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) in Bethesda, Maryland. NCCF (formerly known as the Baptist Home for Children) provides residential and community-based services for abused and neglected adolescents, for victims of domestic violence, and for homeless and impoverished families and their children in the Washington-Baltimore, National Capital region. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of Clinical Services, Research and Administration, Division of Child Protection, Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she led a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals. She also served as assistant professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and as Senior Consultant and Founding Director for the Child Welfare League of America’s Training Institute.
Educated at Brown University, receiving a B.A. in 1971, Brissett-Chapman co-founded the national award-winning Rites and Reasons Black Arts Society, under the membership of George Houston Bass, a protégé of Langston Hughes. Later, she obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, graduating in 1974. In 1980, she completed her Masters of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, and continued on to complete her Doctorate in Education in 1986 at Harvard University.
Dr. Brissett Chapman has received numerous prestigious awards and honors including: Rhoda Veney Award for Outstanding Child Welfare Administrator 2007, and 2004, the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award 2005, Dixon Implementation Monitoring Committee, Reform of District of Columbia’s Mental Health System (1998); Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Outstanding Contributions (1997); Who's Who in America (1993); Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, National Association of Black Social Workers (1992); Alumni Award for Outstanding Services, Brown University (1991); President's White House Fellowship, National Finalist (1982); Bush Foundation Fellowship at Yale University (1981-1982), Jeffery L. Pressman Fellowship, MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies (1981-1982); Internship, Office for Families, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Outstanding Young Woman in America Award (1980); and Regional Director's Award for Outstanding Service, New York State Division for Youth (1979).
Dr. Brissett Chapman serves on numerous Boards to include: Trustee Emerita, Brown University, District of Columbia Alliance of Youth Advocates, American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Child Welfare League of America, Inc., where she served as Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as past president of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter, National Association of Social Workers and the Child Welfare Institute Inc. She also served as Past President, Consortium for Child Welfare, the District of Columbia’s association of private child caring agencies and as a member of Brown University’s Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity.
Dr. Brissett Chapman has been an expert Panelist for the D.C. Superior Court, addressing service reforms for the juvenile justice system, and facilitates organizational change for numerous national and community based corporations in both the public and private sectors. She lectures at Howard University School of Social Work on Child and Family Welfare (Master’s Level) and on Small Group Theory and Leadership (Doctoral Level), where she was voted "Favorite Professor" by the 1996 graduating class. She is a fellowship recipient of Stanford University, School of Business’ Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. Under her leadership, the National Center for Children and Families was named “Outstanding Agency of 2002” by the Consortium for Child Welfare, having grown from an orphanage in 1915 to a comprehensive child and family services agency in the region, providing over nine programs, with an annual revenue of over $17 million, and a successful capital buildings campaign of nearly $13 million. NCCF now serves nearly 3,000 children, youth and families in the region.
Dr. Brissett Chapman received the 2005 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Lifetime Achievement Award, for consistent advocacy for change in policy and practice affecting vulnerable children and families. She also received the prestigious John Hope Award for Public Service from Brown University’s Alumni Association, and served as a Judge for the Miss Black USA’s National Scholarship pageant. In 2008, Dr. Chapman was awarded KFC’s 360° Pride Award at the Black Entertainment Television Honors Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Brissett Chapman is both a biological and adoptive parent of five and resides with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland.