Nita Lescher

Nita Lescher is the director of the therapeutic foster care program and has been with Northern Virginia Family Service since 2014. A licensed clinical social worker, she has more than 25 years of experience serving children and families involved in the public child welfare systems in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Vermont, and Virginia.  

Since earning her master’s degree in social work (MSW) at Catholic University in 1995, Nita has focused on improving the lives of underserved populations, including adults living with AIDS and children orphaned by the disease. In her current position, she leads a team of clinical case managers, foster parent trainers and recruiters who are committed to helping children/teens heal from trauma, abuse and neglect and, when it is safe and appropriate, return to live with their biological families.  

Before joining NVFS, Nita did direct service work and held leadership positions at Whitman-Walker Clinic, The Consortium for Child Welfare, and Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC, and Maryland. As director of program planning for Children Services at American Humane Association (Denver, CO) in the early 2000s, Nita evaluated child welfare systems throughout the US. From 2004 through 2013, she served as director of the Annie E. Casey Foundations’ Casey Family Services division in Vermont.  

Nita earned a bachelor’s degree in German from The College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture and Art.  

Contact:, 571.748.2505