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2022 Spring Conference

Speaker Bio – Terry Clark

Terry Clark

President & CEO, PCCYFS

Terry has worked in the child welfare field for more than 28 years. He served as the Children and Youth Administrator for York County for almost 5 years, working collaboratively with service providers, county officials, juvenile justice agencies and other human service organizations to provide a broad range of services and supports to children and families in York County.

Terry started his career with Kidspeace, where he worked as a mental health worker in its partial hospitalization program before being promoted to a Crisis Prevention Specialist and then to a Facility Supervisor in the partial hospitalization program in Reading, PA. He then spent almost ten years working for Berks County Children & Youth Services in various roles that led to his promotion to the Director of In-Home Services and oversight of In-Home Services contracts with service providers. Terry also served as a state certified trainer for the University of Pittsburgh’s PA Child Welfare Program, where he wrote training curricula and trained new caseworkers, supervisors and administrators in preparation of meeting the requirements of being certified to work in child welfare. He also chaired the PA Dept. of Human Services (DHS) Risk Assessment Taskforce that lead to the creation and development of the PA Risk Assessment Model currently used by all 67 county child welfare agencies in Pennsylvania. 

Terry’s passion for working to improve Pennsylvania’s child welfare system led him to accept a position with PA DHS in 2002, as the Chief of Policy in the Office of Children, Youth & Families. In that role, he led the Policy, Planning and Program Division to promulgate regulations and policies related to ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children. While employed by DHS, Terry also had oversight of the Division of Operations and responsibility for ChildLine, FBI and Child Abuse History Clearances, Child Abuse Appeals, Child Abuse Expunctions, and PA’s three Interstate Compacts (ICJ, ICPC, and ICAMA). Terry also had oversight of DHS contracts for the PA Child Welfare Resource Center and the Child Welfare Education for Leadership Master’s in Social Work and Baccalaureate Programs. 

In his spare time, Terry is an Adjunct Professor at a local college, where he teaches undergraduate students in the field of human services and child welfare.

Terry has served on and provided leadership to a variety of boards, committees and workgroups during his career.  He previously served as a board member for the PA Children & Youth Administrator’s Association.  He was also elected President for two terms on the National Interstate Commission for Juveniles and was President for the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County.  Terry also served as a Governor appointee, representing Pennsylvania on the National Interstate Commission for Juveniles and a Governor appointee to Pennsylvania’s Special Education Advisory Panel. Most recently, Terry was appointed to a four year term by Governor Wolf to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC). JJDPC is the official juvenile justice planning and policy setting body for the Commonwealth of PA.