Azusa Pacific University (APU) is proud to present the 2018-2019 second year LA DCFS Interns (pictured from left to right: Jessica Parris, Cassandra Gonzalez, Annabel Martinez, Jazmine Mendez, Natalie Zecca, and Vanessa Avila. Students were placed with the Department of Children and Family Services in the Pomona, Glendora, and Santa Fe Springs offices. They were exposed to various service components that included Emergency Response, Continuing Services, Permanency, and Dependency Investigation. Interns acclimated very well to DCFS culture and eagerly await their employment with DCFS.
APU DCFS Interns assessed ways to enhance service delivery and interventions within the agency through their Capstone Leadership Projects. This year, all APU students joined with the DCFS Office of Outcomes and Analytics to collaborate in the Intern Research Cooperative. APU would like to thank Mary Lau and all the DCFS Liaisons for their efforts in coordinating and supporting students with their research topics. Cassandra Gonzalez investigated causes of court continuances, and how they affect court timelines. Natalie Zecca explored the quality of the engagement efforts made by P3 Upfront Family Finding social workers. Jazmine Mendez explored factors correlating to foster care re-entry for American Indian youth. Jessica Parris researched the effectiveness of interventions utilized by CSW’s to help reduce recurrence of maltreatment in American Indian children. Vanessa Avila identified themes among fathers’ involvement in child welfare case planning. Finally, Annabel Martinez explored the engagement between the DCFS CSW’s and non-offending parents.
For the third consecutive year, APU conducted a public child welfare OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) in partnership with USC and Cal State University Fullerton. In an OSCE, students engage an actress trained to simulate a public child welfare scenario in a standardized way, while being evaluated by a trained rater on their skills. Faculty members were impressed with the professionalism and clinical skills demonstrated by all Title IV-E MSW students!
For more information, please contact Virginia Olivas, MSW.