Caitlyn Rock, J.D., Member of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office's Juvenile Unit.

I am a practicing attorney, a wife, and a mother of twin toddlers. At the end of a physically and emotionally difficult pregnancy in 2011, I was diagnosed with Post-Partum Depression. This was a devastating time, however, with the support of my family, friends and medical / psychological intervention, and I did recover, beginning slowly at about 6 months after delivery. The balancing of family, career and the co-raising of twin girls is some of the hardest work I have done in my life. I know that I could not have navigated through this amazing, and continuing, transition without the help and guidance of people who have gone through it before me. Through my own experience as well as observing other mothers in my community, I learned that the multidimensional experience of being a mother needs to be supported and understood by families and the community at large. MotherWoman's goals of empowerment and social change are key to bringing about a better understanding of the difficulties faced by mothers every day as well as policy changes that are needed to support them and their families.

Caitlyn (Venskus) Rock was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. She obtained her B.S. in Biology at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and a JD from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York.

Attorney Rock has been practicing law in Western Massachusetts since early 2004, beginning as a District Court Prosecutor in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in Northampton. Since 2006, ADA Rock has been a member of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office’s Juvenile Justice Unit. Her role in the Juvenile Unit encompasses prosecution as well as outreach and education which through meetings, trainings and conferences educate community members, law enforcement, education professionals and students on issues that affect juvenile safety in schools and the greater community.