WHO'S IN OUR FAMILY


Kerry Megley

Kerry Whelan-Megley, LMSW
Executive Director

As the Assistant Executive Director of Family Ties of Westchester, Inc. Ms. Megley is responsible for the development and oversight of family support programs designed to meet the needs of Early Childhood, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice populations. Additionally, she provides clinically informed supervision to our Ossining and Port Chester Resource Centers and represents Family Ties at numerous state, county and local advisory groups and cross-systems venues. Ms. Megley sits on the Westchester County Children's Core Advisory Committee and is Co-Chair of its' Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors sub-committee.

Ms. Megley received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in 1998 and is a fellow of the Georgetown University-Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Ms. Megley sits on the board of Families Together in New York State and the Harrison Youth Council. She has over 15 years experience providing strength-based family support services, utilizing a System of Care philosophy to ensure healthy outcomes for children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. She has spoken nationally about the importance of family support within Systems of Care.

Ms. Megley is the proud mother of six (four children and two dogs) and uses her experience in accessing services for her own family to inform her practice. Furthermore, Ms. Megley has the honor of being Family Ties' longest-serving staff member and credits her extended Family Ties family for helping her to raise her own.

 

Staff Member Spotlight

Staff Member Spotlight

Virginia

1) What is your role at Family Ties and how long have you worked here?
I enjoy my role as a Family Resource Specialist at Family Ties.  I began my journey in July 2003 in the Mount Vernon Resource Center and I am also a MAPP Trainer in the RTECS program.

2) What do you love about your job?
I am a "people person" and I like listening and assisting peeple with issues that are overwhelming to them. With the numerous resources here in Mount Vernon and Westchester, we find solutions that make for better living for families. I also enjoy MAPP training where I instruct perspective foster parents to care for children who have been removed fromm their homes for saftey reasons. Facilitating these sessions allows you to see people from various segments of life and their intentions to work with children in care. I love people!

3) If there was one thing you would like people to know about Family Ties, what would it be?
The Resource Centers are informative, friendly, family-oriented places where strength-based communication and partnership are ongoing.

4) What inspires you?
I am inspired by what others do to make this world a better place. I am inspired by my co-workers and friends who are about doing positive things and I am inspired by my spiritual belief that there is a higher power.

5) What do you like to do when you are not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, reading, socializing, giving back to the community and spending time with my family

FAMILY TIES FACTS

  • Family Ties espouses a System of Care for children with emotional challenges that is family driven, child centered, culturally competent and focused on the strengths of the children and families involved.
  • All Family Ties services are free and confidential.
  • A year in residential treatment can cost $130,000 or more per person.
  • A day in a psychiatric hospital can cost about $1,000 per person.
  • It costs Family Ties about $1,000 per family for a year of services.
  • A day of Family Ties activities costs about $2.75 per family.
  • Family Ties has existed in Westchester for nearly 20 years and has grown from one small support group to a membership of over 2,000 families strong.
  • Most Family Ties staff have experience navigating service systems for their own families.
  • Family Ties is affiliated with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and Families Together in New York State.

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