Our Staff

Jennifer Cotter

Associate Director

Jennifer Cotter works on development and implementation of SDM projects in child welfare, prevention services, economic support, and adult protective services. She provides ongoing support and technical assistance to jurisdictions across the United States as well as in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and Taiwan. She has been involved in the development of the SDM system in adult protective services and will be working closely with the National Adult Protective Services Association in developing the federally funded APS Resource Center.

Prior to joining NCCD, Jennifer was a social work case manager for vulnerable adults including those with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. She has experience developing a pilot healthcare program for the uninsured, working with survivors of domestic violence, and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer advocating for the interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. Jennifer has a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Recent publications from Jennifer Cotter:

Jennifer Cotter, Senior Program Associate, NCCD
April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to bring awareness to our racially lopsided child welfare system. Research has shown that children of color are more often reported, investigated and found to be victims of abuse or neglect compared to white children. One of the most overrepresented populations is Alaskan Native children.
Jennifer Cotter, Senior Program Associate, NCCD
“ SDM assessments are only as good as the information you gather” is a phrase I have used in many training rooms to emphasize the importance of connecting with families and engaging them in the interviewing, assessment, and planning process.