Wednesday letters: DSS, Koller care about children

November 6, 2013 

— The state Department of Social Services and Director Lillian Koller have taken some heat about not caring for children. My experience has been just the opposite. I have worked closely with Director Koller and DSS staff on initiatives impacting tens of thousands of at-risk youth. I also have worked with DSS as a guardian ad litem youth advocate ensuring the safety of youth in crisis.

Boys & Girls Clubs across the state work with DSS to provide services that will help some of our state’s most needy children succeed today and be better prepared for success tomorrow. Together we have provided more than 16,000 youth with high-quality after-school care and summer-care programs, more than 11,000 youth with services to prevent teen pregnancy, and more than 100 young adults with on-the-job training and career-exploration services.

I have found Director Koller and her staff to be diligent, caring, passionate and resourceful in protecting our state’s most precious resource, our children.

Carter Clark

Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of the



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