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Today I will interview Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring Colby Berger. Ms. Berger, as a former educator, Colby earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, and later turned her focus to child welfare and social services earning a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Simmons School of Social Work. Colby came to AFC after working at The Home for Little Wanderers for seven years where she opened and oversaw a group home for LGBTQ teenagers, did clinical work in adoption and family stabilization team services, facilitated support groups for foster and adoptive families, and provided training and consultation nationwide on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Since she began her tenure at AFC in July 2009, AFC has more than doubled the size and scope of the organization's funding base, rejuvenated AFC's state contract, overhauled the organization's website, began a clinical internship program, developed new partnerships with local child welfare providers, hosted AFC's first ever gala event which raised $50,000, and engaged in board development which has led to 100% board giving.

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