On Thursday, May 5th, Educating Communities for Parenting (ECP) hosted the 2016 Imagine Speakers’ Luncheon Series. This year’s program featured keynote speaker Timene Farlow, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Juvenile Justice Services of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

Timene Farlow is a native Philadelphian who attended LaSalle University for undergraduate work and received her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. She began her career with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services in 1995, starting in the Children and Youth Division as an intake social worker, conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. In 1999 she transferred to the Department’s Division of Juvenile Justice Services where she has since held a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Professional Services, Director of Court and Community Services, Director of Provider Relations and Evaluations, and her current role, to which she was appointed in 2009, as the Division’s Deputy Commissioner.

Timene is passionate about her work and a staunch advocate for equity and fairness in the juvenile justice system. She has special interests in gender-responsive services for females, crossover youth, and the issue of disproportionate minority contact and confinement. She believes firmly that the needs of adjudicated youth can best be met through not only mitigating their criminogenic risk factors but also the unresolved dependency needs.

Check out the photo gallery from this year’s event!