Amy Templeman to Rejoin the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' Within Our Reach Office as Director

Current Within Our Reach Director Theresa Covington To Step Down At End Of Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20, 2019 – The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities announced today that Theresa (Teri) Covington, director of the Within Our Reach office housed at the Alliance, will retire at the end of 2019. She will continue to work with the Alliance and Within Our Reach in a consulting capacity. Amy Templeman, who served as the first director of the Within Our Reach office from 2016-2017, will rejoin the Alliance as director of Within Our Reach.

“Teri has done a magnificent job for us,” said Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance. “Her career is marked by many achievements and impact on the lives of countless children and families. She has played key roles in the drafting of legislation on the Hill and has played an integral role in elevating the Alliance and Within Our Reach’s impact on policy and practice related to child abuse and neglect prevention. We are delighted to have Amy rejoin our Within Our Reach office. Amy is a truly collaborative person by nature and an experienced result driven manager with over 20 years of public/private management experience.”

Teri Covington recently played a key role in the Alliance and Within Our Reach receiving a three-year grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with five jurisdictions on the analysis of child death reviews and the development of prevention plans based on the Commission’s recommendations. She will continue to work as a consultant to the project and Amy Templeman will replace her as project coordinator. Jennifer Jones, director of the Alliance’s Change in Mind Institute, will continue in her current role as project director. 

Within Our Reach is an office established at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to advance recommendations from the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). CECANF was established by Public Law 112-275 (112th Congress), the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. Its report, which was released in March 2016, was informed by the Commission’s two years of study on the issue and testimony from hundreds of experts across the country, including government leaders, researchers, public and private organizations that serve children and families, those who work on the front lines of child protection, and more. The work of Within Our Reach is made possible in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, whose mission is to provide, improve – and ultimately prevent the need for – foster care.

Amy Templeman served as the Executive Director for CECANF, which both Teri Covington and Susan Dreyfus served with as commissioners. Previously, she helped to establish the Office of Well Being at the District of Columbia's child welfare agency, where she conducted strategic planning and oversaw programs to address substance use disorders, domestic violence, education, housing, and child care. She gained research experience while working first at The Urban Institute and later at Johns Hopkins University, managing a community-based, participatory CDC grant resulting in better adolescent mental health. Earlier in her career, Amy implemented community health projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Malawi.

About Within Our Reach

Within our Reach is an office established within the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to further the recommendations of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). The Commission, which released its report to the President and Congress in March 2016, was formed as a result of the “Protect Our Kids Act.” For more information on the Commission’s work and a copy of the full report, please go to CECANF Archival.

About the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities   

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems and aggregate the very best sector knowledge. The Alliance accelerates change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential. Go to alliance1.org  for more information.