Carol Wilson Spigner portrait.

Carol Wilson Spigner

She, Her, Hers

Carol Wilson Spigner is a child welfare policy and services consultant and Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. During her time at the University of Pennsylvania, she directed the social policy program and taught policy and macro practice. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, she served as Associate Commissioner for the Children’s Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services. As the federal policy leader, Ms. Spigner directed the implementation of Family Support and Family Preservation Act, the Adoption and Safe Families Act and redesigned the federal monitoring process. Ms. Spigner has published articles on permanency planning, adoption, and disparities in child welfare. Her work has been recognized through awards from American Public Human Services Association, North American Council on Adoptable Children, National Association of Social Workers, Association of Black Social Workers, Black Administrators in Child Welfare, The Association of Child Welfare Mangers, and Child Welfare League of America. Ms. Spigner holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Southern California. Her current work focuses on disparities in child welfare and reform of complex child welfare systems.