Meet the Tyler Management Team
Patti Rooks – Regional Director
Patti Rooks has many years of working in Child Welfare. She and her husband were foster parent for over 14 years. They were licensed as a therapeutic foster, group home and preferred parenting teens and hard to place kids. For several years they were licensed through A World For Children in Brownwood. Even though they started the foster care journey to adopt one child, during their 14 years of fostering they adopted 18 children from the foster care system. Over half or those were placed with them and adopted as teens. They also have one biological child and are now raising the daughter to one of their former foster children.
With a passion for children Patti has served on the Johnson County Child Welfare board, past president of Johnson County Foster Parent Association, Past president of Council on Adoptable Children of Texas. She has facilitated a foster/adopt support group for over 10 years. She has a popular adoption blog “Extreme Adoption” and a podCast “Intentional Parenting” / Before joining A World For Children as Case manager She worked for several years as a case manager for both Post Adopt Services and Catholic Charities in their International Foster Care Program. She is an avid learner and is an instructor for Parenting with Love and Logic, Anger Management for Teens, American Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor and a TBRI practitioner. She is a great support to foster parents and is always looking for ways to help families thrive.
Jen Steenbergen – Clinical Director
Jen is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She is currently serving as the Clinical Director for the Dallas and Tyler Offices. Jen has served adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings: Acute Psychiatric In-Patient Hospital, Residential Treatment Centers, Texas Youth Commission, Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, Defense Attorney Office, and as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been a foster parent and adopted a teen, who is now in college.