Dan Koziolek

Country: United States
Email: dan.koziolek@signsofsafety.net
Languages: English
Licensed Signs of Safety Trainer
Dan has worked in child welfare in Minnesota for 35 years; the last 25 have been in supervisory and management positions. Dan was Manager of Child and Family Services for Carver County, Minnesota from January of 2001 to January of 2016. Dan led Carver County’s Signs of Safety implementation, starting in 2005. During this time Dan has eagerly shared information about the Signs of Safety with other Minnesota County agencies and with other child welfare leaders across the United States and throughout the world. Dan presented at the 2008 Gateshead Gathering, conferences in Japan in 2009 and 2010, the 2010 Chaska Gathering, the 2011 Western Australia Gathering, the 2011 Gathering in Leiden and the 2015 Gathering in Chaska. He has collaborated with Casey Family Programs and with Wilder Research in several research projects.

Dan is especially interested in rigorous enough and lasting safety plans and networks during the agency’s first assessment and immediately after ongoing cases are opened with each family so families aren’t re-reported and children don’t experience repeat maltreatment. Dan’s take on chronic maltreatment is simply that we will stop seeing it when we stop allowing it. We’ll stop allowing it when we start taking neglect seriously enough at the first report. Doing this regularly will require an incredibly skillful use of authority and demonstration of compassion.

Dan is co-founder of Safety Planning, Inc, a new organization dedicated to spreading the Signs of Safety approach to other Minnesota counties and tribes and to other states.