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Meet Board Member Valerie S. Tanner

Social Worker/Adolescent Specialist with the Department of Children and Families. 


She primarily works with preteens, teens, and young adults to prepare them for independence (post-secondary education or workforce). A few of my many responsibilities include monthly visits, attend court hearings, PPT meetings, transportation, prepare legal documents treatment plans and more. 


Valerie obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service 2002 and Master’s Degree in 2006, both from Springfield College. 


She was born and raised in New Haven, CT.  My mother migrated from the Dominican Republic and my father moved to New Haven from Georgetown, South Carolina.  She is bilingual/bicultural. She attended New Haven Public and Parochial Schools. Valerie was employed by Yale-New Haven Hospital for 19 years before starting my career with DCF.  Valerie has four brothers,  three sisters, two sons and one daughter, one grandson, six granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. 


Giving back to her community is very important to her.  She taught Sunday school later transitioning to Church School Superintendent. She is currently volunteering as a T-ball coach with Dom Aitro Pony League in New Haven.  Most of all she enjoys fostering children in need. 


Valerie truly live her life by the Book of Roman’s Chapter 12, which tells us how to please God and love one another. “Don’t be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good” we live in a “selfie” world today.  Valerie's morals, values, character, and ethics all remain the same in her professional and personal life. 

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