Judge Stephen Rideout (Ret.)

Stephen W. Rideout is a retired judge who consults with states and localities on projects aimed at improving court, agency, and community collaboration regarding child welfare matters so as to improve permanency outcomes for children in foster care. He also volunteers as a member of the Juvenile Grant Planning and Review Council of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.  During his tenure as Chief Judge of the juvenile and domestic relations district court in Alexandria, VA from 1989-2004, Judge Rideout worked in and with his community to find ways to improve foster care outcomes, reduce the court’s delinquency caseload and contested custody docket, and to increase the number of prevention and early intervention programs that supported young people and their families.

Nationally Judge Rideout has been involved in a number of efforts to improve child welfare outcomes and has received the 2003 HHS Adoption Excellence Award, the 2004 National CASA Judge of the Year Award, The 2005 and 2010 Mitchell Wendell Jurist Award from the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.

The 2006 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award for lay leadership from The Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va., the 2009 Foster Care Alumni of America Volunteer of the Year Award, and the 2012 Golden Apple award for Dorchester County by the Comptroller of Maryland for his volunteerism with the school system.