Ross Erb, MSW

Child Advocate

Ross has worked with children and youth in Canada and the United States since 1992. He graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and began his career as a child protection worker. Ross has 9 years of extensive experience with Family and Children's Services of Cambridge, Ontario, where he worked with abused children and their families as a clinical social work supervisor and as a member of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. When his family moved to Harrisonburg in 2002, Ross began serving as Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families at one of the largest Mennonite congregations in Harrisonburg. In 2013, Ross completed the Safe Church Program train-the-trainer course and became a vital volunteer to the project. In May 2015, he joined the Collins Center part-time as a Safe Church Facilitator before transitioning to a full-time position in October 2015. In his current role as Child Advocate, Ross divides his time between CAC work and prevention programming, playing a key role advocating for children and families and delivering prevention initiatives such as Safe Church and Stewards of Children to the community at large. When not at work, Ross loves to play and watch sports, garden, read, and spend time with people.

I became involved with the Collins Center as a result of attending a Safe Church training. In the training I was struck by how dedicated, conscientious, and passionate the Collins Center staff are. It is an honor to labor with these wonderful colleagues in important work to prevent sexual abuse and sexual assault. The range of services offered here can make a huge difference for individuals, families, and the community.

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