Phil Decter

Phil Decter

Director of Child Welfare


Phil Decter, MSW, is a social worker and family therapist who has worked with children and families in inpatient, outpatient, home-based, foster care, and emergency room settings for 20 years. He has written and taught extensively on children and families experiencing some kind of crisis and their intersection with institutional and informal helping communities during these times. At Evident Change Phil works with child welfare organizations nationally on the implementation of strength and safety-organized practice skills and their integration with the Structured Decision Making® system.

Pronouns: he, him


Recent publications from Philip Decter:

Strategies for Defining Family First Candidacy Criteria

How Do We Decide When to Open a Child Welfare Case?

Fidelity Review Helps Keep Child Welfare Programs Strong

What Does a High-Functioning Child Welfare Agency Look Like?

Nearly 25 Years Later, CRC Continues Its Mission to Improve Child Welfare Systems

Predictive Analytics and Child Protection Practice

How Do We Decide When to Open a Child Welfare Case?

Integrated Practice for Social Systems Three-Hour Workshop

Keeping Children’s Voices at the Center of Child Welfare Work