Beginning in April 2018, JBAY partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to launch a pilot with a cohort of 50 social workers and 10 supervisors in the Palmdale and Lancaster offices who had youth on their caseload in 8th grade and above.
Participants in this pilot received a four-hour intensive caseworker training with information on how to support youth in foster care to achieve postsecondary education goals, whether that be career and technical education, a 2-year or 4-year degree. The initial training was developed in partnership between DCFS, JBAY and UNITE-LA. Next, participants in the pilot study were strongly encouraged to attend nine case consultations that were offered periodically through June 2019. These case consultations provided additional training that expanded upon topics covered in the initial training and provided opportunities to apply the information to current cases. to the consultations.