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Marjorie McKeone Appointed Bucks County Children & Youth Director

October 29, 2019

Contact: Larry King, 215-348-6413 or lrking@buckscounty.org

Marjorie E. McKeone, a 30-year veteran of the Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency, has been appointed Director of Children & Youth by the Bucks County Commissioners.

McKeone, of Furlong, succeeds longtime director Lynne Kallus-Rainey, who retired Aug. 2 after 42 years of service to the county. McKeone had worked as Rainey’s assistant director for 12 years, and served as interim director until her promotion was announced earlier this month. Marge McKeone

She takes the helm of a department comprising more than 200 employees and a budget of $44 million. It oversees the care of an average of 340 children each day and annually performs nearly 10,000 intake investigations of new reports.

“Marge started with Children & Youth in 1989 as a caseworker and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the children and families in Bucks County ever since,” said Jonathan Rubin, Bucks County’s Director of Housing and Human Services. “She has been an asset to the county on many levels, including as a supervisor, manager and assistant director, and we look forward to her continuing to support our division-wide mission of supporting and strengthening individual family wellness as director.”

McKeone, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Temple University, spent five years as a Children & Youth social worker before being named supervisor of foster care and adoption in 1994. After a decade in that role, she was promoted to senior manager of the Intensive Services / Adoption Division, where she managed 15 social workers and five supervisors involved in adoption and parental reunification work.

She was named assistant director of Children & Youth in 2007, a role in which she managed five division administrators, handled personnel issues and actions, and led child fatality and near-fatality investigations, among other duties.

McKeone’s work has been recognized by her peers as a Bucks County Employee of the Year in 2013, and by the Bucks County YWCA as a 2015 Woman of the Year Award winner, and she has served on numerous regional and statewide advisory groups devoted to family and child services.