Virginia Olivas, MSW

Assistant Professor and Coordinator: L.A. DCFS Stipend Program, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2720
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Virginia Olivas, MSW, is the coordinator of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Internship Program; teaches seminar courses for foundation year and specialization year Title IV-E students; and is the liaison for students, field instructors, and DCFS intern coordinators. She has 24 years of experience in public child welfare, specializing in adoptions. For 12 years, she supervised MSW students from various local universities. Olivas is also a permanency-planning mediator and mediates postadoption contact agreements, which serve to honor connections for adoptees with their birth families after an adoption finalizes. She is passionate about child welfare as a professional and as an adoptive parent.


  • MSW, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work