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Monica Leveque, LCSW

Ms. Leveque graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine in 1990 and earned a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA in 1992. Ms. Leveque has worked for the Los Angeles Department Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 1994. She is currently a Children’s Services Administrator working on county implementation of the new Resource Family Approval (RFA) process. Ms. Leveque participates on the RFA steering committee and work groups related to resource parent training, permanency assessments, annual updates and post approval support. Her team is responsible for providing RFA training to over 400 DCFS staff.

Throughout her 22 years working in public child welfare Ms. Leveque has developed and delivered numerous trainings for social workers, resource families, and partner agencies. As a PS-MAPP instructor for 20 years she worked at different colleges to provide training for prospective resource families. In 2009 she received the Director’s Employee Recognition Award for developing and delivering training for staff on working with and assessing LGBT resource families. She also participated in developing training to increase social worker skills to better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth.

Ms. Leveque recently developed e-learnings for resource parents about the Rights of Children in Foster Care, Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting, and an Overview of LA County DCFS and the Core Practice Model. She has also written and delivered curriculum on California laws, LA County policies, talking to children about adoption, life books, working with difficult youth, and positive foster care and adoption language.

As an adoption social worker and supervisor Ms. Leveque was responsible for the assessment of foster, adoptive and relative caregivers. She also supervised incoming and outgoing Interstate Compact (ICPC) cases. Ms. Leveque has lead groups to support child welfare supervisors to implement Core Practice Model. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides individual and group supervision.

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