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A Conversation with the LA County Department of Children & Family Services

Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Following up on SCG’s program last May on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection—as well as the LA County Board of Supervisors’ June vote to establish a position for a countywide child protection executive—many SCG members have been eager to explore next steps to support implementing reforms in foster care and child protection.

Please join us to meet with senior management from the LA County Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) for a discussion and updates on the reform process.

The meeting will help us continue to forge relationships and promote open dialogue between funders interested in foster care and DCFS.

We will be joined by two County leaders:

  • Helen Berberian, Deputy Director, Department of Children & Family Services Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services
  • Fesia Davenport, Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County DCFS

At SCG we are expanding our role to support collaborative private/public efforts, and look forward to exploring future opportunities as they arise.

We hope this session will begin the conversation specifically around the possibility of co-funding for projects to improve outcomes for children. 


Speaker Biographies

Helen Berberian
Deputy Director, Department of Children & Family Services Bureau of Clinical Services and Resources 

Helen Berberian is a Deputy Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) over the Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services.  She reports directly to the DCFS Medical Director, Dr. Charles Sophy; and has supervisory responsibility over 400 staff serving within the Health Services and Mental Health Services Divisions, providing clinical support to approximately 3,000 Children’s Social Workers who case manage over 36,000 abused and neglected children. Berberian has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and most recently was Executive Assistant to the DCFS Director, advising on all matters pertaining to the execution of the department’s vision and mission, including but not limited to matters of substantial political sensitivity, policies/procedures/best practices, programs, budgets, personnel issues and litigation.  She had responsibility over key departmental strategic initiatives and direct oversight of the department’s Division of Board/Commission Relations and Public Inquiry.  She was critical to the establishment of the new child-friendly Child Welcome Center and Youth Welcome Center, where over 6,600 children and youth enter annually to await placements during after hours, weekend and holidays.  For over five years, Berberian served as the Senior Legislative/Policy Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, where she was responsible for providing daily support to County’s Fifth District Supervisor and social service departments; and analyzing and formulating County policy initiatives related to human services, budget and litigation issues.  She has extensive experience as a DCFS Children’s Social Worker, Supervising Children’s Social Worker and administrator; and has been employed with Los Angeles County for 19 years.

Fesia A. Davenport
Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services 

Fesia Davenport received her Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law located in San Francisco.  After returning to Los Angeles in 1996, Davenport practiced civil litigation and ultimately practiced Family Law exclusively before joining the County family as a Deputy District Attorney in the D. A.’s Bureau of Family Support Operations. In 2001, when child support was taken out of the District Attorney’s office, Davenport elected to remain with the newly created Child Support Services Department (CSSD).  Fesia quickly rose through the child support ranks and worked in numerous capacities for CSSD.   Her various assignments included: arguing cases before the California Court of Appeal, managing the legal work of outside counsel representing CSSD in litigation, developing and implementing policy, and analyzing legislation.  Immediately, prior to joining the DCFS family, Davenport was the Chief Deputy Director and Chief Attorney for CSSD where she assisted the Director with the day-to-day oversight of CSSD’s administrative and program operations including: fiscal, contracts, personnel, risk management, policy development, and also had responsibility for the Department’s 106 attorneys. She joined the Department of Children and Family Services as the Chief Deputy Director in 2013 where she assists the director with day-to-day management of departmental programs and operations.

Contact Tuly Martinez for registration details.

SCG members: no cost to attend
Eligible non-members: $100

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership

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