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Yolanda Martin, BSW
ADOPTION & FAMILY SPECIALIST
Vice President, Community Programs
Hello! I’m Yolanda Martin hailing originally from St. Andrew’s, Jamaica, West Indies. I am an Adoption & Family Specialist. I'm a mother of two girls, a daughter, the only girl of 4 children, and I'm a proud graduate of Georgia State University (Blue panther).
I initially started my social work journey in 2007 as a CPS investigator for all maltreatment assessment/cases and all facility, served as a Family Preservations Case Manager, worked in Intake, supervised intake and investigations for Division of Human Services, served as a part of the Georgia’s safety Response Team, worked at OPM-Risk Management Specialist and for the last 4 years I have served in the private sector.
I have served families and children for the last 11 years, and am interested in identifying, certifying, and helping to build foster and adopted families, to be exceptional resourced for our most vulnerable children, and being the best person I can be.
I am a social worker not just by degree, but for my dedication, commitment, and my ability to be a change agent in this field.
Emily joined CHRIS 180 in 2007 and has more than 17 years experience working within Georgia’s social welfare and mental health systems. At CHRIS 180, Emily has been an innovator of change, developing several successful programs to address the gaps in services for family and children, including the inception of the CHRIS Counseling Center, statewide intensive community-based wraparound services, the adoptions program, and reentry services for young adults. She chairs the DeKalb Local Interagency Planning Team and is part of several committees including the DeKalb Board of Health Coalition and Region 3 Crisis Collaborative. The Keeping Families Together department received the 2016 Program of the Year award from the National Center of Excellence and Innovation under her leadership. Emily earned her BS and MS degrees in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. She is a passionate advocate for at-risk youth and their families within the mental health systems of Georgia and is working to change the systems to better suit those that historically would fall through the cracks.