Tribal Child Welfare and Permanency Specialist
Sonya LaCoute-Dana (Passamaquoddy, Pleasant Point ( Sipayik) Maine) serves as the Tribal Child Welfare and Permanency Specialist for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. She has worked in Tribal Communities for twenty years. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maine School of Social Work. Her passion lies in building programs and services to improve the quality of life for Tribal children and their families. Her experience is in Social Service programs, specifically implementation and design and Grants/Contracts management. She served previously as Tribal Manager, Social Services Director and Grants and Contracts Director. Her work centered in (Title IV-B, IV-E, and IV-D), grant writing, federal contract management and compliance. She holds a Master of Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Child & Family Services and Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Maine.
She resides with her husband and 4 children in Maine.