After advocating for society’s most vulnerable and helping to execute effective systems to support them, Don Warner, ACSW, LISW-S, has announced his intention to retire from Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc. in April 2022, giving the agency sufficient time to find a successor. He has served as Executive Director for 20 years.
Under Mr. Warner's leadership, Oesterlen saw tremendous successes such as earning and maintaining national accreditation, as well as creating and expanding therapeutic services and programs. On top of this, he has been an invaluable leader within The Ohio Children's Alliance, serving as a board member and as board president during his tenure. His demonstrated commitment to vulnerable children and families and his fierce advocacy efforts helped to transform state child welfare policy.
Most recently, Mr. Warner has been involved with FFPSA implementation in Ohio, which marks one of the most significant nationwide child welfare transformation efforts in history. An influential voice for common-sense reforms, Don has provided crucial leadership in reimagining residential treatment in the wake of this new federal legislation.
His efforts to elevate the child welfare field have not gone unnoticed as his many honors and awards attest. In 2014 alone, Mr. Warner earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, as well our distinguished George Stevens Award for his executive leadership.
The Ohio Children's Alliance wishes him well; although he will be missed, he has left an indelible mark on children services in Ohio that will endure to the benefit of generations to come.