Naomi Sutton Reddish, M.S.W.
Child Welfare Stipend coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-0408
M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
Naomi Reddish is the Child Welfare Stipend Program Coordinator and a faculty instructor at the VCU School of Social Work. Her practice experience is in public child welfare in the Commonwealth of Virginia and she is an experienced forensic interviewer. Reddish is particularly interested in preparing social work practitioners to engage families and support children in change processes in response to and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Reddish’s vision for the CWSP program at VCU is to facilitate the education of a caring, competent, and innovative child welfare workforce in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Reddish believes this work should center on connection. She believes this program is a key to improving the quality and retention of the local child welfare workforce in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Prior to her faculty appointment as the Child Welfare Stipend Coordinator at VCU, Reddish worked in direct social work practice in public child welfare as a Senior Family Services Specialist and a Social Worker in local Departments of Social Services in Virginia. She also worked as a Field Liaison for the VCU SSW and continues to serve as a Field Liaison in her current faculty role. She is also a trained Forensic Interviewer and has worked in this role with Greater Richmond SCAN Child Advocacy Center and with local Departments of Social Services. She is also trained to facilitate Family Partnership Meetings and Nurturing Parenting programs. In these roles, Reddish worked collaboratively with families, community systems, both government and private, as well as other mandated child welfare programs. She trained community partners, helped to guide M.S.W. interns in fieldwork, and worked with her teams to implement more trauma-informed practices in their work. She has experience working on an Local DSS strategic planning team and is actively involved with the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network.
Reddish received a Masters of Social Work from VCU during which she was a stipend recipient and a participant in the Child Welfare Education and Support Program. Naomi is excited to be a part of the team at VCU SSW in a faculty role as she wants to continue to teach and facilitate learning opportunities for future child welfare professionals and leaders to serve our communities’ most vulnerable children. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the SSW to invest time, energy, and resources into equipping future social workers to work with families, individuals, and organizations to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families.
When she is not coordinating the CWSP or teaching, Naomi enjoys spending time with her family, sharing coffee with a friend, and being active outside.