Rhoda Smith, M.S.W.

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B.S., Cal State University, Fullerton

M.S.W., University of Southern California


Rhoda Smith joins us with many years of rich experience as a child welfare social worker and child welfare supervisor, recruiter of social work staff and foster parents, consultant to group homes for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care and as a leadership trainer for group homes and social work staff. She has served as the site director for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy in Southern California, and while there she was assigned to be a training consultant to San Bernardino County. She earned her M.S.W. in 1992 from USC.

Rhoda is pursuing a doctoral degree in social policy and social research at Loma Linda University. Her dissertation is entitled “How do foster youth learn about sex: An examination of social worker, foster parent, and foster youth perceptions”. Her research interests include mental and maternal health and well-being for child-welfare-involved youth, specifically foster youth. She was selected for a three-year clinical, minority fellowship through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, where she received specialized training in issues of substance abuse and mental health. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Christian Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work and Research.

In addition to her studies, Rhoda is the coordinator for the University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF) at Azusa Pacific University. The UCCF is a consortium of six Los Angeles M.S.W. programs that partner with the LA County to identify and train M.S.W. social workers for positions in the child welfare system. She is a field adviser for students placed in the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. She teaches social and child welfare policy.