Tyler

Meet the Tyler Management Team

Leslie Deen, BSW, LCPAA – Regional Director

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Leslie is the Regional Director for the Dallas and Tyler offices at A World For Children.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Howard Payne University and is a Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator.  She has worked with children and families in the foster care field for 20 years. She worked with children in a residential treatment care setting for over eight years, has worked with birth families and at risk youth for the STAR program, and has promoted Child Abuse Awareness in schools and communities. Leslie has been with A World For Children since 2008.

Leslie is known for her creativity, her compassion for kids and families, and for the love of her family.  Leslie is an avid reader of history, enjoys researching her family’s genealogy, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Leslie serves on the Ellis County Child Welfare Board. She has served as a deacon at her church.  Leslie is a committed and passionate professional and is dedicated to the belief that it is her ministry to work with abused and neglected children.

Jen Steenbergen – Clinical Director

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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.

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Location and Details

Phone: 903 581-1553

Nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods area in Tyler, Texas, is our Tyler Office. Families in this part of Texas enjoy taking their children camping, fishing, and enjoying a rural lifestyle. Our East Texas families are known for their longevity with A World For Children, having several families that have worked with us ten to fifteen years.

The Tyler office is a fast growing office with new foster families joining our mission! Our staff are dedicated to supporting the families and children they serve, going above and beyond the call of duty to help parents and children be successful. A World For Children has also answered the call to develop an underserved area of Texarkana, which is in great need of therapeutic foster homes. We affectionately call our East Texas staff the Tyler-Kana Group!

The families in East Texas are skilled foster parents who serve children with a variety of needs. We specialize in helping teens in the foster care system have hope and a future with our L.A.U.N.C.H! Program and have families who are known for their ability to care for children with primary medical needs. Several of our families have been recognized by the Texas Foster Family Association as being Foster Parents of the Year. Come see what all the fuss is about in our Tyler Office!

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