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Regional Administrator for Los Angeles Child & Family Services Addresses Large Audience at BSC (w/photo)

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    Friday, April 24 2009
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Jennifer Lopez (center), Regional Administrator/Division Chief of the Los Angeles County, California Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), spoke at Bluefield State College recently during a program sponsored by the BSC Criminal Justice Club.  She is pictured with Shelia Hallman-Warner (left), Assistant Professor/Criminal Justice, and Dr. Albert Walker, BSC President.

(Bluefield)—“Many of these kids don’t have another voice.  You are their only advocate,” Jennifer Lopez told her audience at this week’s program on child abuse and neglect.  Lopez, Regional Administrator/Division Chief of the Los Angeles County, California Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), spoke at Bluefield State College recently during a program sponsored by the BSC Criminal Justice Club, Student Life, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Her presentation also considered social work stress & burnout.

“All of us need to get involved in identifying and responding to child abuse,” she added.  “We can’t say it’s not our problem.”  Noting that Los Angeles County is a national leader in child welfare reform, she outlined strategies that increased the county’s effectiveness.  “We reduced each employee’s case load; we took steps to ensure that kids weren’t left to ‘float’ in the system, and; we lowered the system’s reliance on out-of-home care, by utilizing more “front end services.”

Lopez is a 20-year veteran with the Los Angeles County DCFS and became the Division Chief of the DCFS Adoption Family Safe Act Division two years ago.  The Division ensures that Federal guidelines for Relative Assessments are completed in a timely manner for the approximately 12,000 children in relative care in Los Angeles County.