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Sharon Harris

Advocate Manager (P/T) serving Bedford

Email: sharon@cvcasa.org
Phone: 540.586.4932 x3205

 

I have worked with children and families for nearly 40 years.  I began my professional career working at Crossroads House in Lynchburg when it first opened. Crossroads was a crisis residential facility, serving both male and female teens, working with their parents and community partners (to include the court system) in an effort to keep children safe and to assist them with improved functioning in the community.  Three years later, I moved to the Court Service Unit of the 24th Judicial Court District in Campbell County, to work as a juvenile probation/parole and intake officer.  In this capacity, our unit was considered to be the “right arm” of the Court.   I maintained this position for over 24 years.  Upon resigning that position, I moved to the Campbell County Department of Social Services where I supervised the Child Protective Service Unit (intake, investigations and family assessments) for four and one half years and then moved to supervise the Foster Care and Adoptions Unit for eight years.  Our unit was recognized as one of the top six performing agencies within the State of Virginia for the finalization of timely adoptions.  In 2015, I retired from Social Services.  My retirement was short lived as I began working one month later for the state Department of Social Services as a Family Services Trainer.  I traveled all over the state of Virginia and trained new and experienced workers in Child Protective Services, Ongoing Child Protective Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Domestic Violence and other classes related to assisting our youth achieve timely permanency, safety and strong wellbeing.  I am passionate about the children of our Commonwealth being safe, having emotional and physical well-being and being part of a permanent family. 

Family obligations interfered with my ability to continue to travel to the extent I had been doing with the training position, so in September of 2017, I once again retired.  I quickly learned that I missed, so much, feeling purposeful and working with children and families and those who work so hard to support them.  So CASA seemed like a perfect place to find myself!   I am excited about this opportunity!