D'Artagnan Caliman has been a board member since 2017
D'Artagnan Caliman is a State/Territory Liaison for the Capacity Building Center for States (which is a subcontractor of the Children's Bureau). In this role, he partners closely with the Children's Bureau and states to identify strengths and challenges within state child welfare divisions and creates work plans for building the capacity of states to improve their systems, policies, infrastructure and service delivery.
Prior to this, D'Artagnan was Chief of Staff for Social Services Administration in the Department of Human Resources for the state of Maryland. In this role, he led the Child and Family Services Reviews, the legislative process, community-based partnerships, and transition programs. Prior, he worked at Casey Family Programs for 15 years, in both direct practice with foster youth and families, as well as, systems improvement to improve child welfare at a national level. While at Casey, he led initiatives related to expediting legal permanency, alumni and birth parent federal policy partnerships, and tools for supporting the racial and ethnic identity of youth. Prior to Casey, D'Artagnan focused on the juvenile justice population to improve practice and community awareness of gang-involved young adults.
D'Artagnan and his sister are alumni of foster care in Oregon. They remained in care together for over two years, in two kinship homes and a foster home until they were reunified with their birth mother after she completed drug treatment. Their mother went on to work in Washington as a CPS worker for over 10 years. His family is a testament to the resiliency of families when they are provided the appropriate services and supports. He is also a proud husband and father of five children. D'Artagnan holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University and a BS from Warner Pacific College.