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Team Bios

Susana Fragano, ASW (associate clinical social worker), works as a child and family therapist at a private, non-profit agency in North Hollywood, California.  She is also the coordinator of the MAT (Multidisciplinary Assessment Team) program, which provides a comprehensive assessment to all children who are newly entered into foster care, through teaming with the family, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Department of Children and Family Services and other involved stakeholders.  Susana has also been supervising social work student interns from several graduate schools in Los Angeles.

Sarah Measures (M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, ICDL certificate in DIR mental health), has been helping families with children who have special needs for twenty years. Currently, Ms. Measures is an instructor for the Astra Foundation, training parents in DIR, as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate students at Lesley University. She also works privately with children on the autism spectrum consulting both in classrooms and to families.  She conducts DIR workshops for parents and professionals and has presented at local and regional conferences.


Alexandra Marie Musliner is a graduate student at Lesley University studying for a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education & Creative Arts in Learning, leading to an Initial Educator License. She also works as a tutor. Before graduate school, Ms. Musliner worked for three years with Citizen Schools, a leading national nonprofit provider of out-of-school learning programs for middle school students in low- income communities.


Our Team

I began the project of exploring ways to support caregivers of children in care in 2005, when I visited a small Christian orphanage, Love and Hope, in El Salvador.  In my second visit, I was accompanied by Sarah Measures, educator and child psychotherapist.  In addition to Sarah and me, the team now includes Wendy Fern, a community family clinician, Susanna Fragano, a social worker, and Alexandra Musliner, an educator.  

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The purpose of this blog is to gather information about how to support caregivers of children in care in developing countries.  The quality of the caregiving relationship in infants and young children, central to the healthy development of the growing child, can be enhanced by attention to the caregivers in the form of education and other support. This blog will become an archive for information on these issues.


Read this blog in Spanish.