Stephanie Gonzalez, LMSW
I have been working in the field of social work since 2006. Over the past thirteen years, I have gained experience working in the child welfare system, as a Juvenile Justice Specialist, Foster Care Worker, Child Protective Services Worker, and Child Welfare Equity Analyst, both in the private and public sectors. I also have several years experience as a medical social worker, both providing in-home services and working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have experience collaborating with various health care agencies as well as providing psycho-social assessments, counseling, short-term and long term planning, and community referrals to clients.
I grew up in a low-income family and became homeless at the age of 14. I lived in seven different homes of varying ethnicity, religious belief, and socio-economic status during my four years of high school. It was during this time that I realized my passion for social work. Through my diverse array of life experiences, I decided that I wanted to help and advocate on behalf of vulnerable children and families. My experience and career path have allowed me to continue to help others.