Rebecca Nagaishi joined Family Services in July 1978, and is one of the agency’s longest serving members of the staff. A licensed clinical social worker in the State of North Carolina, she has 30 years of experience as one of the agency’s family counselors, program director of the Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption program and master trainer for the Infant Adoption Awareness Project.
In 2008, Rebecca became director of the Family Solutions division with oversight for the outpatient counseling program, Strengthening Families Program, and adoption program. In 2017 she became acting director of Clinical Services, which includes oversight of the Safe Relationships division.
In additional to her executive leadership role, she continues direct service work in post-adoption services, providing confidential intermediary services to adoptive parents, adopted persons and birth parents.
Over the past seven years, she managed the statewide expansion of the adoption program and led the agency’s commitment to provide evidenced-based programming, including the introduction of Family Services’ Strengthening Families Program in 2008 and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2013. Her leadership has helped Family Services bridge the fields of early child mental health and early childhood development.
A native of South Carolina, Rebecca received her bachelor of arts from Columbia College and a master of social work from the University of South Carolina.