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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Wayne Carson

Dr. Wayne Carson
Dr. Wayne Carson

The School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington proudly salutes alumni Dr. Wayne Carson for his dedication and service in protecting children and empowering them to be stable, healthy and productive citizens.

Dr. Carson is the chief executive officer at ACH Child and Family Services in Fort Worth, a nonprofit agency that serves children and families in crisis. Since 2000, Carson oversees management of all programs for the agency.

“My vision is to continue what we have done for over 100 years, protecting children and preserving families,” Carson said. “The work we do is essential. Without a safe and stable home, it is difficult for children to accomplish anything. We know the community is counting on us to get it right and will continue to work hard to do what we can to help children in our community grow up in a safe and loving family.”

Under Carson’s leadership, ACH Child and Family Services lead the first urban implementation of a statewide effort to restructure the foster care system in Texas. Carson played a key role in evaluating best practices across the United States, developing new technology and innovations to improve the delivery of foster care to children in North Texas.

Tarrant County has the highest reported child abuse and neglect cases out of all other Texas counties according to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“Child abuse and neglect impacts all of us. When kids aren’t safe at home, they struggle learning in school. They struggle staying healthy. They struggle being good employees, and perhaps most sadly, they struggle developing relationships with other people,” Carson said. “The good news is that these kids can also become amazing, resilient, inspirational members of our community if they get the right treatment at the right time.”

Carson’s dedication and diligence in serving youth was recognized by UTA with the Distinguished Alumni Award and Fort Worth Business with the 2015 CEO of the Year honor for a nonprofit agency. His desire to advocate for people in need motivated Carson to advance his education and professional career in social work and human service.

Carson received his master’s degree with emphasis on anger control treatment in 1987 and his doctoral degree in the area of organizational change management in 2002 from the School of Social Work at UTA.

Prior to becoming CEO at ACH Child and Family Services, Carson worked as a civil engineer and served as a house parent to teenage boys at the agency before embarking on his life’s calling of protecting children and mending broken families.

Carson is a former member of the School of Social Work’s Research and Community Outreach Advisory Council.

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