About Us

CRS and Maestral have partnered together to change the way we care for children around the world.

Changing the Way We CareSM is about moving children out of orphanages and back into a family environment where they can thrive. It is about parents succeeding and being able to care for their children, helping them achieve a healthy, productive life. Changing the Way We Care begins by educating and advocating for family-based care. It’s a global movement that needs all of us.

Changing the Way We Care is now part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Bold Solutions Network. This recognizes the initiative as part of a pool of highly rated, rigorously evaluated proposals or, “bold solutions,” that emerged from the first and second rounds of MacArthur’s 100&Change competitions. Members of the Bold Solutions Network are solving some of the world’s most challenging issues, and the network is designed to help them increase their visibility and potential to find funding. You can find Changing the Way We Care’s landing page within the Bold Solutions Network here for more information.

If you’d like to learn more about Changing the Way We Care, please explore our website and follow us on Twitter. Please also reach out to any one of our organizations and our growing list of supporters, alliances, and organizations who every day help put families first.


Our Partnership Team

Shannon Senefeld, Ph.D.

Shannon Senefeld, Ph.D., is the Senior V.P. for Overseas Operations. She overseas CRS’ programs worldwide, ensuring all programming meets the highest standards for impact and quality assurance so we can best meet the needs of the people we serve.

Dr. Senefeld began her work with CRS as an International Development Fellow in Haiti. Since then she accepted consecutive positions within the agency with increasing leadership and responsibility while completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical training at Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. She also completed post-doctoral training at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, where she specialized in children and family assessment and evaluation. Dr. Senefeld also holds a Master’s degree from Argosy University in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s degree in International Development from George Washington University, and two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and French from Indiana University, Bloomington. Shannon is married with four children.

Philip Goldman

Philip Goldman is Founder and President of Maestral International, a team of globally recognized consultants that strengthens child protection and welfare systems in low income countries. He has over two decades of experience in designing and implementing programs for the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, national aid agencies, NGOs and global foundations. Philip visited his first orphanage in 1993, and became an early advocate and global expert on developing alternatives to orphanages. His work is built upon a fundamental belief that children are the foundation for the future of families, communities and societies; and they thrive best in safe and nurturing families. His expertise includes advising governments and partners on assessing the connection between family strengthening and long term human capital, poverty reduction and social cohesion


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