About Us: Staff
Dr. Mark Testa
Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
Co-Director, Fostering Results
Child Welfare Consultant, Fostering Court Improvement
Mark Testa is the first Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Social Work. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Director of the Children and Family Research Center. He formerly served as Research Director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), where his research was instrumental in policy innovations leading to better services for children and families. Professor Testa has been recognized nationally and locally for his work in child welfare, including the Adoption 2002 Excellence Award for Applied Scholarship and Research on kinship care and permanence; 2005 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and; 2004 Blue Bow Award for research and leadership to improve the systems of care for children, Children's Home and Aid Society. In 2006, he was nominated by Senator Dick Durbin and named an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He recently completed a book, Fostering Accountability (Oxford University Press), with John Poertner on the reform experiences in Illinois.
Founder & Advisory Board Chair, Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic
Statistician, Fostering Court Improvement
Andy and his wife Michelle Barclay, in partnership with Emory's School of Law, founded and endowed the Barton Clinic to advocate for research-based policy and to encourage students from all disciplines into public-interest career paths.
Andy works as a full-time volunteer technical consultant, providing technological and statistical support to Georgia non-profit and governmental agencies. He has worked in computing for over thirty years, in both the for-profit and the public sectors. He has expertise in hardware and software engineering, high performance computing, digital signal processing, database design, data analysis, statistics, and public health. Andy retired from for-profit work in information technology in the late 1990s, and now spends nearly all of his time as a volunteer. Andy served for four years as the Chief Justice's appointee to the board of the Georgia Technology Authority, and he continues to serve on the board of Georgia's Governor's Office for Children and Families at the appointment of Governor Nathan Deal.
Mr. Barclay holds masters degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Law and Policy Director, Children's Law Center, University of South Carolina School of Law
Judicial Consultant, Fostering Court Improvement
Christopher is the Law and Policy Director at the Children's Law Center at the USC School of Law. At the center, he supervises a small team of researchers and conducts independent research on child protective services and foster care. Christopher consults with a number of state child welfare agencies, non-profit organizations, and the federal government on improving outcomes for children and families involved in civil child abuse and neglect proceedings.
Christopher holds a Masters in Mathematics from the University of North Texas and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia College in New York. Christopher is licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Amanda, and their two dogs, Frances & Willene.