Ms. Ferretto has 33 years of social work experience in both clinical and macro practice areas. Her areas of expertise include policy and leadership development, field education, child welfare practice, professional ethics, confidentiality, and curriculum development. She graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 1982.


Currently, Ms. Ferretto is the Manager for Field Education Training and Liaison Coordinator for the Office of Field Education. In addition, she supports the instruction of students in the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program. Her work at the SSW over the past 18 years included administrative positions in the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program, Child Welfare Academy, and Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS).


Prior to coming to the SSW, she served as an administrator at the Maryland Department of Human Resources for 11 years in the following programs: Child Protective Services, Office of Equal Opportunity, and Office of Staff Development and Training. Many key policy initiatives developed by Ms. Ferretto are still in effect and address the following topic areas: mental injury; fair hearing process; screening of child maltreatment; confidentiality; risk and safety assessment; child abuse and neglect prevention and services; family violence; and sexual harassment prevention.


She serves as an active board member of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development Foundation and NASW-MD Faculty and Student Committee.


Ms. Ferretto also provides consultation and training for private and public agencies on various topics and is a CAPT Qualified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. 

Expertise & Interests

  • Professional Ethics
  • Policy and Leadership Development
  • Field Education
  • Child Welfare Practice
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
  • Confidentiality
  • Curriculum Development

MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work