Asst. Commissioner, Child Protective Services (Family and Protective Services, Department of)
Deckinga will take the reigns of Child Protective Services on March 1. Having worked in the human services field for over 30 years in three states, Deckinga will bring both experience and a fresh perspective to her new role. Not only was Deckinga a therapeutic foster parent for children in Minnesota, she also worked for Child Protective Services in Texas for over 18 years. In Texas CPS, Deckinga rose through the ranks, working in the field as a caseworker, supervisor, program director, and then at state headquarters as the division administrator for placement and services and as the director of policy and program. For the past three years she has worked as a senior policy analyst at the Health and Human Services Commission in the office of health services.
During her years with CPS she supervised the initial implementation of the kinship care and Family Group Decision Making programs and developed the Exceptional Care pilot.
She holds a bachelorís in psychology from Calvin College in Michigan and a master's degree in social work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Contact and Phone Numbers
Fax: (512) 438-3782