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J. Toni Oliver

Past President, National Association of Black Social Workers

Board Member

ABEN: A Black Education Network


Atlanta, Georgia

J. Toni Oliver

A Bit About Me

ABEN is a beacon of light that provides opportunities for black children to reach their educational potential, connect to their historical excellence and become leaders in the STEM field. Supporting ABEN's mission and vision is a blessing and an honor.

I am currently working on a contract with a child welfare agency to eliminate racial disproportionality and establish racial equity in the workplace and practice.  


J. Toni Oliver is a retired child welfare administrator whose area of expertise is child welfare. She is the past National President and past Vice President of the National Association of Black Social Workers. Ms. Oliver has provided child welfare training and technical assistance in over 40 states and in Europe. She has published articles, appeared on numerous national TV shows, and interviewed in numerous magazines and radio stations. Ms. Oliver is the founder of ROOTS Adoption Agency, which operated in Atlanta, Georgia, for 18 years. ROOTS Adoption Agency placed over 1000 African-American children in foster care with permanent adoptive and kinship families. Ms. Oliver received her Bachelor’s degree from Bennett College and her MSW from Temple University. In May 2018, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Temple University College of Public Health. Ms. Oliver is very active in her community and volunteers frequently with civic, religious, and special interest initiatives.

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