PUBLISHED: 5:13 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tammy Sandoval named to run Alaska's child protection system

JUNEAU - Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson announced today the appointment of Tammy Sandoval as Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Children's Services (OCS). Sandoval has served as acting Deputy Commissioner of OCS since March.

"Tammy has the exceptional qualifications and experience it takes to serve Alaskans in this important office," said Gilbertson. "She has an extensive social services career at the national level spanning 20 years, and will continue implementing reform of the child protection system for Alaska."

"I am honored that I have been provided the opportunity to take on the leadership of Alaska's Office of Children's Services. I know it is not an easy task, but I am ready for the challenges ahead," said Sandoval.

OCS is now entering the final quarter of a two year federal Performance Improvement Plan, which began September 2003, and Sandoval will oversee the completion of OCS compliance with the plan. A central element of the PIP was implementation of an Onsite Quality Assurance Review system. Prior to being named acting OCS Deputy Commissioner, Sandoval served as the OCS Systems Reform Administrator, overseeing the Anchorage Regional Office, Statewide Quality Assurance and OCS Prevention Services.

Before coming to DHSS in early 2004, Sandoval worked for ACTION for Child Protection, a national child welfare consulting firm that also operated the National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment. In that role she assisted child welfare agencies across the nation with child protection planning and programming. Sandoval has worked in child protection twenty years, most of which she held management positions for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Sandoval has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University.

The Office of Children's Services includes child protection, foster care, and adoption services, as well as child health programs including the WIC Program, Healthy Families, and the Infant Learning Program.