Jerry Milner, D.S.W., is the Associate Commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, Acting Commissioner for Family and Youth Services Bureau, and the Acting Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Before joining the Trump administration at ACF, he served as the Vice President for Child Welfare Practice at the Center for the Support of Families.
At the Center for the Support of Families, he assisted state and local child welfare agencies in evaluating their child welfare programs, and designed and implemented improvements in practice, policy and procedures. His work includes the use of data, implementation science principles, development of practice models, systematic problem solving and the direct provision of technical assistance to achieve organizational changes and practice improvements in child welfare.
Dr. Milner comes to ACF with direct state-level experience as well. During his tenure as state child welfare director in Alabama, he led efforts to reform child welfare practice according to system of care principles. In addition to those positions, Dr. Milner worked in the Children’s Bureau to implement and manage the Child and Family Service Reviews of state child welfare services programs.
He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Auburn University and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Alabama. Dr. Milner brings 43 years of practice, management and technical assistance experience in child welfare at the local, state and federal levels.