Title IV-E Student Day Highlights Social Work as Social Reform

Long-term foster care. Young victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Barriers affecting undocumented children and families. The mental health service needs of children in the public child welfare system.

Presentations at this year’s Title IV-E Student Day addressed these critical issues affecting California’s children and families and the social workers dedicated to serving them. The conference in Sacramento, appropriately themed Evolving Social Work Practice: Social Reform in Action, attracted more than 200 Title IV-E students, faculty, and state and county representatives.

Veteran social worker Danna Fabella gave the keynote address in which she described the changes in social work practice over the years and provided insights into the origins of the Linkages Project, a collaboration between CalWORKs and child welfare.

Rebecca Gonzales, director of Government Relations and Political Affairs for the California Chapter of NASW, spoke about current legislative priorities for the organization.


For detailed information about the workshops, see  the Student Day Program
You can also view the Student Day presentations.


Workshops addressed the following current practice issues:

  • California Partners for Permanency (CAPP) Project
  • Forensic Interviewing
  • Commercial Exploitation of Children
  • AB 12
  • Immigration and SB 1064
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Katie A.

Additionally, the following Title IV-E alumni panelists, including many who have risen to supervisory and administrative positions in public child welfare, shared their experiences:  

  • Leo Clark, Ventura County
  • Alice White, Monterey County
  • Cassandra Gregory, Imperial County
  • Angelene Porter-Musawwir, Contra Costa County
  • Stephanie Lynch, Sacramento County

CalSWEC Workforce Development Coordinator Donna Thoreson offered a Job Preparation and Hiring Skills workshop to assist graduates with the job search, including the hiring process, interviewing, and written and oral examinations.

The MSW student coordinators for the 2013 Title IV-E Student Day were Edgar Guerrero and Maribel Magallanes, California State University, Fresno; Brittany Isbell, San Diego State University; and Meashline Titus, UC Berkeley.