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Trainer Biography

Benjamin Slagter, MS

Ben Slagter graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1998 and from Michigan State University with a MS in Criminal Justice in 2000. He is currently employed as a Regional Manager with the Department of Public Social Services, Children’s Services Division for the County of Riverside.

Mr. Slagter began his career in social work in 1998 working at a mental health hospital in Michigan as a residential life specialist for adolescent boys in both a locked facility and a group home setting. After moving to California in 2000, Mr. Slagter began working for Children’s Services in the County of Riverside. He has been a line worker conducting child abuse/neglect investigations and a supervisor in both investigations and case-carrying units. He is currently assigned as the Regional Manager to the Command Post, overseeing staff who respond to after-hours, holidays, and weekend emergencies.

Mr. Slagter also co-facilitates an initiative in Riverside County Children’s Services called Faith in Motion whose primary focus is to work directly with faith based partners, recruiting foster homes and providing support services for the children and families that are currently involved in the child welfare system.

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