George Thomas, Ph.D., is President of George Thomas & Associates, Ltd., a private consulting firm engaged in adapting state-of-the-art conceptual and machine technologies in order to expand the on-the-job production, transfer, and use of new knowlege in street-level practice in the field of children, youth, and family services. During his 30-year career, Dr. Thomas has servede as a street-gang worker, in public child welfare, professor in two graduate schools of social work, director and then president of a major social welfare research institute, and consultant to over 100 federal, state and private child welfare organizations. He is internationally known through his numerous publications and speaking engagements and has acquired and completed over $11 million in funded research and development work studying foster care and group residential care, child protection, child abuse, status offenders, and juvenile delinquency services. His testimony before major fact-finding commissions and legislative bodies has influenced child welfare legislation antionally and in several states. Dr. Thomas's recent work has centered on the development of computer-assisted, competency-oriented child behavior and program assessment systems, including COBRS 2.0, and the Community Living Assessment (CLA) which are now in agency use in the U.S. and in several countries overseas.
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