Amanda Metivier Rodriguez, MSW
Director, The University of Alaska Anchorage Child Welfare Academy
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Amanda-Metivier
Amanda Metivier Rodriguez, MSW
Director, The University of Alaska Anchorage Child Welfare Academy
"Our system is set up to protect. It's not built for teens and young adults that need to be offered the opportunity to be normal."
2020 Champion
2020 Champion

In her role as Director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Child Welfare Academy, Metivier will oversee the training and technical assistance of child welfare staff, child-serving agencies throughout the State of Alaska, and direct services to youth transitioning from foster care to higher education and training.

Most recently, Metivier received the 2021 University of Alaska Alumni Humanitarian Award for her 19-year career working in various roles within child welfare. Through her advocacy with the nonprofit Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), which she co-founded in 2003, Metivier has led efforts to expand services and support for foster youth across Alaska, including freedom of speech for foster youth, extended foster care, foster care re-entry, higher education funding, and access to mentorship, technology and clothing; foster parent recruitment; transitional living; medically necessary orthodontia; sibling contact and relative search; increased training and staffing for child protection; school stability; and youth engagement in case planning, all while paving the way for foster youth to share lived-expertise to raise awareness and make change.