Executive Director, Child Safety
Carla Aaron is the Executive Director of Child Safety for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services.
She has more than 28 years of experience in child protection and child welfare serving in numerous capacities within this agency. She has worked on the regional level as a child protective services frontline investigator, supervisor, and as the Regional Administrator of a large urban region.
On the state level, she has served as the Director of Special Investigations and Director of Communications. She has been in her current role as Executive Director of Child Safety since 2007.
Ms. Aaron has conducted numerous training sessions for various Child Advocacy Centers, including the National Children’s Advocacy Center, law enforcement agencies, school systems, and universities such as Vanderbilt, Belmont and Middle Tennessee State University. She has presented at the Connecting for Children’s Conference in Tennessee, the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, AL. and teaches a course at the CPS Training Academy.
Ms. Aaron has worked closely with numerous non-profit agencies such as CASA, YMCA and the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers to deliver training and develop curriculum for child abuse prevention and investigation.
Ms. Aaron has co-authored Protecting Children with Disabilities from Abuse and Neglect: A Guide for Child Protective Services Staff and Violence Against Children with Disabilities: What Foster Parents Need to Know (in press). As an advocate for children and an expert in child protection, Ms. Aaron has served on various local and statewide boards such as the Mayor’s Taskforce: Project for Student Success (Nashville 2007), Mayor’s Task Force Children and Youth Master Plan (Nashville 2010), Children’s Justice Task Force and the Second Look Commission.
She is the recipient of the University of Tennessee Rhoda O’Meara Public Welfare Award 2007.