Denise Chin, MSW, LCSW has been with Families First since 2003, serving as program director for the Kin Support Project. The program provides services and referrals for relatives raising another family member’s children. In addition she is the program director for TOPWA (Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women), which works to stop HIV transmission to newborns.
Denise finds the Kin Support Project professionally rewarding and inspiring. “It is an honor to work with kinship families, unsung heroes of our community! These kinship caregivers have stepped in to provide the daily care for their relative’s children. Kin Support services are incredibly valuable as these families are provided with much-needed support, counseling, education, as well as connection to resources & other services.” she said.
Denise has vast experience in the human services field. Prior to joining Families First, she provided intensive therapeutic services to children with histories of abuse and neglect for Children’s Home Society, served as a family support services counselor for the Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc., and as a mental health case manager for the Center for Family and Child Enrichment.
She received her BA degree in psychology and Master of Social Work degree from Florida International University. While at the university, she received the Psychology Academic Achievement Award and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.