Oronde A. Miller is a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC. Prior to this, Oronde was Chief of Staff at the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Marylandís public human services system, and a Senior Director of Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs, where he was responsible for providing consultation and support to state and local public child welfare systems throughout the United States.Prior to this role, Mr. Miller was Director of Systems Improvement Methodologies and was responsible for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative child welfare systems improvement work efforts and the Technical Assistance Unitís disproportionality work efforts. Previously, he was manager of Casey Family Programsí Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Reducing Disproportionality and Disparate Outcomes for Children and Families of Color in the Child Welfare System, a national systems improvement effort addressing race, culture, and child welfare practice and policy and involving 13 public child welfare agencies nationwide.
Prior to joining Casey Family Programs in March 2005, Oronde worked in the NationalCenter for Research and Data at the Child Welfare League of America, where he was responsible for the evaluation of the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids, a multi-year national adoption initiative of the U.S. Childrenís Bureau.He also worked for several years as a Research Associate for the NationalCenter on Permanency for African American Children in Washington, DC.
Orondeís professional experience includes direct service, program development and management, community engagement as well as child welfare and educational system reform efforts.Before working in child welfare, Oronde was involved in similar urban public school system reform efforts addressing race, cultural socialization, teacher training and institutional bureaucracy.Oronde earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Master of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from HowardUniversity in Washington, DC.Oronde is a Ph.D. candidate in the Developmental Psychology program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at HowardUniversity.
Oronde Miller is the second of two sons born to an interracial couple in a rural town in north central Ohio. At just several months old, Oronde and his brother were both placed by their white mother in the countyís public foster care system.Attempts by their African American father and paternal family to retrieve them from the foster care system were denied during the following weeks. Before being placed with their permanent adoptive family in Detroit, Michigan, they had experienced multiple foster care placements, as well as one disrupted adoptive placement. At one point, Oronde and his brother were briefly separated during an emergency foster care placement in Michigan. Their final adoptive placement in Detroit, Michigan was arranged and finalized through Homes for Black Children (in Detroit), at that time the nationís first and only independent African American adoption agency.
It was during his latter graduate school years at HowardUniversity that Oronde gained a more complete awareness of his and his brotherís experience with the child welfare system.He and his brother intensively researched their personal history, and Oronde immediately sought to understand the complex political, social, racial and cultural dynamics as they play out in child welfare, particularly adoption, foster care, and kinship care.He is now committed to working closely with child welfare systems and organizations in their efforts to more effectively support children and families in need.
Oronde's passion is in working directly with individuals and organizations to better understand and support holistic and culturally-centered child and family development and socialization, processes of schooling and education, family dynamics, and traditional African conceptions of character formation and development during childhood. During his spare time, Oronde operates the Institute for Family and Child Well-Being, and its comprehensive online resource repository (www.ifcwb.org). This Institute and online resource repository are completely independent of Oronde's work at Casey Family Programs.Oronde has (co-)authored several scholarly journal articles, and has consulted with a number of child welfare and educational organizations throughout the country. He has also spoken before dozens of audiences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and South Africa. He currently resides in the Washington, DC area.
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