Carol Lopinski has worked in the child abuse prevention and family support field for more than 35 years. She has been a leader and advocate in the efforts to move Arizona to fully embrace the family support field and Family Resource Centers (FRCs) as the best model of support and intervention to accomplish this.
As the Senior Director of Family Support Services at Child Crisis Arizona, she developed the first FRC in the state, which became the prototype for the First Things First-funded FRCs that followed. She is both a founding member of the Arizona Family-Centered Practice Association and a founding Steering Committee member of Maricopa Family Support Alliance. During her tenure as the Senior Director of Family Support and Literacy at First Things First, she provided statewide leadership of nine Family Support strategies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Child & Family Resources, and is active in the Trauma-Informed Care and Celebrate Recovery communities.
She is a Master Trainer on the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, and has been instrumental in promoting their adoption and implementation in Arizona.
She received her B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College and her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in children, youth, and families with a dual degree in Direct Practice and Supervision/Administration.