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Director, Protective Services - Rich Bowlen

Rich Bowlen leads the development of Northwoods’ technical and professional services offerings emphasizing Practice Management in the protective services arena.

Rich joined Northwoods from Fairfield County Job and Family Services in Ohio, where serving as Child and Adult Protective Services Director he established accreditation for the agency, secured a local levy for abused children and elderly, spearheaded a comprehensive organizational review and restructure and successfully secured several grants to promote development of innovative services.

Rich Bowlen

He began working as a licensed, front line social worker in 1991 with Franklin County Children Services before serving as a Lay Guardian ad Litem for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office on child abuse, neglect and dependency cases. His strong desire to improve the lives of children and strengthen families led him to Fairfield County Job & Family Services where he served as a caseworker, foster care and adoption recruiter and Director of Operations.

Rich has presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics such as Transformational Leadership, Change Management, Differential Response, Community Engagement, Strategic Planning and Technological Solutions in Child Welfare. Rich is known for his passion for serving abused, neglected and maltreated children and has dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of children in Ohio.You can also comment on each resource to let other agencies know how helpful it was in your research to implement new technology.