Jennifer Collins graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Family Studies. In April 2001, she began her career with the County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services and has worked in an array of different programs during her career with Child Welfare. She first began in the Court Intervention Unit assisting Social Workers with case management services & court related activities. From 2002-2015, Mrs. Collins worked in the Continuing Services and Emergency Response programs doing case management and child abuse investigations. During this time, Mrs. Collins also held several special project roles including: Law Enforcement Liaison with National City Police Department, Working with the Drug Endangered Children program and the Families As Partners program, as well as serving as a mentor for new staff training and development.
Currently, Mrs. Collins is a Safety Organized Practice Coach for Child Welfare Services. Her Coaching role includes developing staff to improve their skills in a learner led atmosphere and ensuring that Child Welfare, the family, their networks & other community partners work together to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children of San Diego County. Through this role she has helped develop and implement the Safety Organized Practice Policy for San Diego County, Child Welfare Services. She also has experience in facilitation of Safety Mappings, has trained South region Child Welfare Services workers in the SET Core Values & has worked with CalSWEC to develop and implement the new, state required field advisor activities required for all new Social Workers in the State of California.
Mrs. Collins joined the Academy in 2017 and is excited about the opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise through training and coaching.