Changing A State’s Approach to Child Welfare, with Darrell Missey
Darrell Missey’s path to leading the Missouri Children’s Division was an interesting one. He joined us to talk about his own life growing up in a family that experienced a mental health crisis; the group of grandmas that helped him run for judge; and the frank conversation that landed him in charge of a state with one of America’s highest foster care rates.
Darrell Missey is the director of the Children’s Division for the Missouri Department of Social Services. Missey was elected Associate Circuit Judge in Jefferson County in 2002 and was assigned the juvenile docket, which mostly involved foster care cases. He continued to handle juvenile cases involving foster children after he was elected Circuit Judge in 2014, until he became Presiding Judge and Administrative Judge of the Family Court in 2016.
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