“Getting to Know Your DCF”
Nov 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Dee E. Nighswonger, LMSW, LCAC, NADD-DDS
“Getting to Know Your DCF”
What does it mean to be BOLD? Dee believes it is to bravely own your opportunities to lead a daring life of impact. That is what brought her to the Department for Children & Families (DCF). Engaging in leadership to achieve the mission of DCF to protect children, strengthen families and promote adult self-sufficiency requires everyone in the community to be BOLD. 
Dee has been a licensed social worker practicing in Kansas for over 30 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas. Dee is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor and NADD Certified Dual Diagnosis Specialist. She is a certified leadership coach and consultant and is the owner of eMErge Coaching LLC. Dee has served her community as an enthusiastic public servant, a volunteer, and an advocate but her greatest joy is being a grandmother. When she is not working, she loves road trips, playing golf and spending time on the lake. 
Today's presentation will be an introduction to the mission of Department for Children & Families and overview of all of the program areas under their umbrella.