Jennifer Behen-Givens has 21 years experience working with Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Jennifer Behen-Givens started working with children and families in 1993. Jennifer started her career with Penny Lane Foster Family Agency (FFA) as a case-carrying social worker. During her role in this agency, Jennifer worked closely with Department of Children and Family Services in helping to assist with placements and case management of dependent children. Jennifer helped design and implement training manuals for Penny Lane FFA in order to train and certify foster homes.
In March 2001, Jennifer started working for Orange County Social Services in the Group home division as a Senior Social Worker. Jennifer worked with dependent children from age 12 to 18 years of age. These dependents were living in group homes. During her time in Group homes, Jennifer became very well versed with mental health issues for young adults and helping to transition these youth to lower levels of care or home with their families. During this time, Jennifer worked closely with the Health Care Agency to help assist with these youths’ mental health needs.
In 2007, Jennifer transferred to another division and worked with dependents ranging from age 0-12 years of age. During this time, Jennifer also worked on many work groups developing policy and procedures for Court reports.
In May 2014, Jennifer was promoted to Senior Social Services Supervisor in Integrated Continuing Services (ICS). Jennifer currently supervises seven senior social workers in ICS. Jennifer is also involved with the Safety Organized Practice implementation team for Orange County Children and Family Services. Jennifer is currently doing in-house training for Safety Organized Practice.