Dr. Tracy Rawls has over 21 years’ experience working with vulnerable populations; and for the past 11, with children and youth in the child welfare system.
Tracy joined Cenpatico in 2010 and serves as the Vice President of Child Welfare. In this role, she has had the opportunity to lead a team of dedicated foster care advocates in the effort to improve systems of care for children in foster care. She is particularly focused on community providers, stakeholders; the needs of the children as well as those who care for them. Her goal is to integrate the Medicaid and Child Welfare world, and serve as a behavioral health parents to the systems.
For seven years prior to joining Cenpatico, Tracy served as the founding Executive Director of the Adoption Coalition of Texas, a grass roots nonprofit organization responsible for finding forever families for children/youth languishing in the system. Tracy has a passion for teens, those that tend to wait the longest and be the most misunderstood.
Most importantly, Tracy also has direct; personal experience with children in foster care as she adopted three (3) separate times – all teens. Thus, she has direct experience not only working with children in foster care, but in the realities of behavioral health issues, trauma and developmental delays, and approaches to help children heal.
With a Doctorate in Management, Tracy’s focus is on improving systems of care.