MT. VERNON, IL — Caritas Family Solutions has hired local Mt. Vernon resident, Hope Carbonaro as it’s first-ever Executive Director of Child Welfare.
Carbonaro comes to Caritas with more than 30 years of clinical and child welfare experience in the public and private sectors. She says this position will allow her to use all her experience and apply it towards an ultimate goal, which is helping children find safe, permanent homes and heal from the trauma they have experienced.
Carbonaro completed her Masters of Social work with a Child Welfare specialization from SIU Carbondale. She spent four years working at the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), most recently as the Deputy Director of Intact Family Services. She also previously owned her own private therapy practice in southern Illinois and spent several years working as the Director of Foster Care for Caritas before moving to the state level.
Carbonaro added that as the State of Illinois is currently facing a social worker shortage, her goal is to also help incoming social workers experience the same passion and sense of fulfillment that she received from the profession. Learn more at caritasfamilysolutions.org.