SALT LAKE CITY – Twenty-five-year veteran of the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS), Diane Moore, has been appointed to lead the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS).
“I am confident that Diane will serve admirably in this noble calling as the senior state executive for our child welfare system,” DHS Executive Director Ann Williamson stated regarding her decision to appoint Moore. “Diane has built a record of improving performance and focusing on results that are both rewarding to her workforce as well as beneficial to the community and fundamentally to the children and families served.”
In her new role, Moore will provide leadership in implementing, improving and evaluating DCFS policies and practice; facilitate collaboration and partnership among federal, state and local child and family serving entities and community partners; and represent the Utah Division of Child and Family Services on a federal, state and local level.
“I am grateful for the strong foundation laid by my predecessor, Brent Platt, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the children and families of our state in this unique way,” Moore said. “Entering the lives of distressed or struggling families is one of the most sacred trusts given to a government entity, and is not one we take lightly. Our services are focused on strengthening the capacity of families to provide an environment for their children that is free from both abuse and neglect. It is delicate work that is best achieved within the context of the child’s home, school and community. This is a challenging position, but I am confident in our community and lawmakers’ continued commitment to a balanced child welfare system that both protects children and preserves families.”
Moore began her career with DHS 25 years ago as a frontline DCFS caseworker, and ascended through the ranks to become Regional Director of the Salt Lake Valley. For the past three years, Moore has served as the Director of the DHS Office of Licensing, the state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring DHS service providers including foster care homes, mental health and substance use treatment facilities and domestic violence shelters. Moore is a licensed Social Service Worker and received her Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University.