Newsmaker: Stephanie Y. Brown
Noteworthy: Brown was hired as an adoption and permanency specialist at Jewish Family & Children's Services. She works with children in the foster care system and prepares them for families wishing to adopt. Children who have been in the foster care system often struggle with abandonment, identity, shame and attachment issues, Brown said.
Family: father, Melvin Brown Sr.; stepmother, Emily.
Background: Brown previously worked for the Pittsburgh Salvation Army and Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families.
Education: Master of Social Work and bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh; Master of Science in professional leadership from Carlow University.
Quote: “One of the questions a lot of foster parents have is why, as a foster parent, do children not seem to appreciate what they do for me? Every child wants to be with their family, they want to be with their biological family. It's not that they don't appreciate what they're doing for them. ... They're speaking from what they hope is going to happen.”