Jennifer has worked at Families Uniting Families as a Foster Care Social Worker since October 2013. On any given day, Jennifer has the opportunity to work directly with foster parents and the youth placed under their care. She helps families and foster youth succeed by supporting their adjustment. Furthermore, she communicates with schools, therapists, attorneys, county workers, and biological families to advocate for the needs of the children and to support reunification when possible.
Prior to entering university life, Jennifer felt a calling towards a career where she could work directly with at-risk youth. Before joining Families Uniting Families, Jennifer gained experience in serving the homeless, ministering to families subjugated to lives in motels, tutoring youth, building homes in Mexico, interning at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and caring for victimized children exposed to domestic violence as part of an academic internship. Jennifer also worked for the YMCA and for Quest Camp, a summer camp for special needs children. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, she worked as a case manager for Thomas House, a transitional shelter for homeless families with children. Additionally, Jennifer has been volunteering as a Chaplain at an Olive Crest teen girls group home since 2010.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development and a minor in Management Science from University of California, San Diego and she also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach (2013).