DYRS director

Robert Dunleavy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served the Children’s Department for nearly 34 years. He began his DSCYF career as an investigative and treatment worker in what was then the newly created Division of Family Services, focusing on children who had suffered sexual abuse.  For a brief time, he left the division and worked with one of our community providers providing treatment for those same children.  Bob returned to the department after several years and began working with children and families in the Terry Children’s Center.  He has managed the delivery of services for thousands of youth while leading our state- wide crisis services.  He also led the pilot program and eventual full implementation of the Community Development-Community Policing initiative in the City of Wilmington.  As Program Director for our ACCESS Unit, he managed the intake, outpatient and hospital branches of the Delaware children’s behavioral health system.  Throughout his career, he has provided his expertise and leadership for Department initiatives and worked with the Mental Health Association to create the Juvenile Mental Health Screener regulations.  Bob holds a MSW degree from Marywood University and a BS degree in Sociology from the University of Scranton.