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1 Kerri (Socha) Evans, MSW, LCSW Boston College School of Social Work, McGuinn Hall 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA EDUCATION PhD. (Expected) 2020 Boston College, School of Social Work. Chestnut Hill, MA. Social Work University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Baltimore, MD MSW Management and Community Organizing. Summa Cum Laude Elizabethtown College. Elizabethtown, PA BA Social Work, Minor in Spanish. Magna Cum Laude Universidad de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain No degree. Study Abroad Student. Intermediate level Spanish skills. Research Interests Immigrant and refugee integration; educational integration for foreign-born youth; welcoming communities; mentoring; foster care; intercountry adoption; forced migration patterns; program evaluation; pedagogy; cross-cultural social work training Highlights Seven years post-msw work experience, micro and macro Familiarity with multiple statistical programs: SPSS, and Stata Familiar with multiple learning management systems: absorb, blackboard, and canvas Quantitative and Qualitative research experience, primary collection and secondary data analysis MSW Teaching experience Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals PUBLICATIONS Socha, K., Mullooly, A. & Jackson, J. (2016). Experiences resettling Eritrean youth through the US unaccompanied refugee minor program. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. doi: /s x Mapp, S., Behrens, G. A., & Socha, K. (2013). Exposure to conflict and coping strategies among young children living in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Social Development Issues, 35(3), Bremer, M., Haynes, K., Kang, N., Lynch, M., & Socha, K. (2013). New models for alternatives to detention in the US. Forced Migration Review, 44, Kerri Evans 1

2 Lee, B., Hwang, J. Socha, K. Pau, T. & Shaw, T. (2012). Going home again: Transitioning youth to families after group care placement. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(4), doi: /s y Works in Progress Crea, T., Hasson, R., Evans, K., Berger Cardoso, J., & Underwood, D. (Manuscript submitted for publication). Moving forward: Educational outcomes for unaccompanied refugee minors exiting care in the United States. Evans, K. (Manuscript submitted for publication). Foster parents: Teachers of independent living skills. Crea, T., Lopez, A., Hasson, R., Evans, K., Palleschi, C. & Underwood, D. (Manuscript in preparation). Unaccompanied migrant children in long term foster care: Identifying needs and best practices from a child welfare perspective. Manuscript in preparation. Evans, K., Pardue-K, M., Crea, T., Coleman, L., & Diebold, K. (Manuscript in preparation). Foster care outcomes for unaccompanied refugee minors: A pilot study. Evans, K., Perez-Aponte, J., McRoy, R. (Manuscript in preparation). Without a Paddle: Barriers to School Enrollment Procedures for Immigrant Students and Families. Other Professional Publications Socha, K. & Brown, T. All alone to safely home: Unaccompanied children and the welcoming integrations through faith. North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Located at under Convention Proceedings 2014 Socha, K. (2014). Challenges and solutions to family reunification efforts with undocumented or foreignborn youth. Focus, newsletter of the foster family-based treatment association, 20(3), TEACHING EXPERIENCE Adjunct Faculty. University of Maryland, School of Social Work Instructor for SOWK 631: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations, the first year practice class which is an introduction to macro social work for MSW students. Course incorporates theories into field practicum. Enhanced the master curriculum to include experiential activities, classroom discussions, video, etc. Responsible for class content, activities, facilitation, and grading Adjunct Faculty. Baltimore City Community College Taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the immigrant and refugee population in Baltimore City. Classes contained English language content as well as independent living skills, and community engagement. Role included creating classroom activities and worksheets as well as facilitation Spanish Teacher. St. Bernadine's Catholic School Taught middle school Spanish Level 1 students in an urban school setting. Classrooms averaged twenty-five students. Developed syllabus, lesson plans, graded exams, and worked with parents. Kerri Evans 2

3 PRESENTATIONS Conference Presentations Evans, K. (2017, March). Nuance of serving immigrant families in the child welfare system. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, D.C. Hasson, R., Evans, K., Crea, T. (2017, January) Moving forward: Educational outcomes for unaccompanied refugee minors exiting foster care in the United States. Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA. Hogle, O. & Socha, K. (2016, July). Transitioning to adulthood from foster care: Planning to age-out. Foster Family-based Treatment Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Mulloly, An & Socha, K. (2016, April). Challenges and best practices in serving Eritrean youth. Ethiopian Community Development Council National Conference. Arlington, VA. Socha, K., Johnson, M., & Studnicka, L. (2015, November). Recruiting Volunteers: Church, Interns & Beyond. Mentoring Convention. Baltimore, MD. Socha, K., Hunt, G., Flynn, J. & Bustamante, F. (2015, October). Housing for Families and Aging out Youth. LIRS Housing Convening. Baltimore, MD Socha, K., Haygood, M., McKeen, M, & Gale, R. (2015, April). Planning for success: Program development and service delivery for foreign-born youth. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. Socha, K. & Nelms, T. (2015, April). Enrolling and creating welcoming schools for undocumented children. School Social Work Association of America. Nashville, TN. Socha, K. & Brown, T. (2014, November). All alone to safely home: Unaccompanied children, and the welcoming integration through faith. North American Association of Christians in Social Work. Annapolis, MD. Socha, K. (2014, July). Challenges and solutions to family reunification with foreign-born populations. Foster Family Treatment Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. Pardue, M. & Socha, K. (2014, June). URM outcomes pilot project research findings. Global Youth Conference. Lancaster, PA. Socha, K., Ng. C., & Paszly, S. (2013, April). Working with refugee minors. Tri-Agency Conference. St. Paul, MN Socha, K. & Lynch, M. (2012, September). Best practices in conducting home visits. Office of Refugee Resettlement National Conference. Crystal City, VA. Socha, K. (2011, July). Creating best practices in interjurisdictional social work: An interdisciplinary collaboration. National Conference on Child Welfare Research and Policy. Bridgewater, MA. Mapp, S. & Socha, K. (2008, October). Investigating the emotional coping skills of Palestinian children to enhance the community s capacity to cope with ongoing war trauma. Council on Social Work Education, APM. Fall Philadelphia, PA Kerri Evans 3

4 Alex, E. & Socha, K. (2008, Fall) The realities behind the policies. Baltimore Immigration Summit. Baltimore, MD Socha, K. (2008, Spring). Studying the impacts of diversity. Elizabethtown College Scholarship Day. Elizabethtown, PA Socha, K. & Ravo, C. (2006, Spring) Problem Solving Process. CPC Residence Life Conference. Gettysburg, PA Poster Presentations Socha, K., Mullooly, A. & Jackson, J. (2015, December). Poster: Experiences resettling Eritrean youth through the US unaccompanied refugee minor program. Department of State, PRM Refugee Admissions Workshop. Washington, D.C. Socha, K. & Pardue, M. (2014, September) Poster: Outcomes of youth after leaving unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) foster care: An exploratory study. L4: Leveraging, Learning, Launching, & Leading. Tucson, AZ. Trainings for Practitioners Socha, K. (2016, May). Handling and Reporting Significant Incidents involving Sexual Abuse. Samaritas Foster Care Agency Staff Training. Lansing, MI. Socha, K. (2015, August). Fundamentals of opening a new URM Foster Care agency. Catholic Social Services. Bensalem, PA. Socha, K. & Jackson, J. (2015, June). Understanding and parenting Unaccompanied youth. Lutheran Social Services Foster Parent Training. Denver, CO. Socha, K. & Zwahlen, J. (2013, February & April). Cultural Sensitivity Training. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Staff Training. Baltimore, MD. Ng, C. & Socha, K. (2013, June). Overseas refugee processing. Crittenton Services for Children and Families. Fullerton, CA. Socha, K. & Alex, E. (2009, Spring) How to work with immigrant youth. Baltimore City Schools Guidance Counselor Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. Webinar Presentations Socha, K. & Hogle, O. (2016, February). Educational Advocacy. Foster Care Network Training. Webinar. Socha, K. (2015, January). Working with Eritrean Minors. Foster Care Network Training. Webinar. Hogle, O. & Socha, K. (2015, December). Post 18 Transition Planning. Foster Care Network Training. Webinar. Mullooly, A., & Socha, K. (2015, November). The Resettlement of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the United States. Resettlement Support Centers Worldwide. Webinar. Kerri Evans 4

5 Socha, K. (2015, May). Grant Writing Procedures for Federal Request for Proposals (RFP). Foster Care Manager and CEO Training. Webinar. Socha, K. (2014, December). Working with Rohingya Minors. Foster Care Network Training. Webinar. Socha, K. & Haygood, M. (2014, October). Understanding the Nuances of youth with Special Immigrant Juvenile Immigration Status. Foster Care Network Training. Webinar. Brown, D., Socha, K. & Underwood, D. (2014, May). Utilizing the Children s Services Case Management Database. Family Reunification Network Training. Webinar. Jeffries, W. & Socha, K. (Summer 2011, June). Family finding across borders: Making connections for children. Child Welfare League of America Webinar Series. Guest Lectures in Academic Classes Evans, K. (2017, March). Programs to support refugee integration. In Westy Egmont s SCWK779401: Immigrant and Refugee Issues course at Boston College School of Social Work. Evans, K. (2017, February). Serving immigrant families in the child welfare system. In Ruth McRoy s SCWK9971: Contemporary Issues in Adoption and Foster Care course at Boston College School of Social Work. Evans, K. (2016, October). Children as Forced Migrants. In Westy Egmont s SCWK779401: Immigrant and Refugee Issues course at Boston College School of Social Work. Socha, K. (2016, February). Immigration Policy. In Jodi Olsen s SOWK 720: Comparative Social Policy course at University of Maryland School of Social Work. Socha, K. (2015, February). Practical Policy Intersections at LIRS. In Jodi Olsen s SOWK 720: Comparative Social Policy course at University of Maryland School of Social Work. Socha, K. (2015, Fall). External Environments & Partnerships. In Tanya Sharpe s SOWK 631: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations course at University of Maryland School of Social Work. Socha, K. (2014, October). Macro Ethics. In Laura Jahromi s SOWK 631: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations course at University of Maryland School of Social Work. Socha, K. (2011, Fall). Applied Research with Unaccompanied Minors. In Bethany Lee s SOWK 777: Research in Child Welfare course at University of Maryland School of Social Work. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 2016-Current Research Assistant. Boston College Working with Dr. Thomas Crea on research, and grant writing related to Unaccompanied migrant children from Central America Research Project Coordinator. University of Maryland School of Social Work Oversaw aspects of research project evaluating Family Team Decision Meetings, including IRB application process, designing the interview protocol, analyzing and Kerri Evans 5

6 writing up the research findings. Hired, trained, and managed 12 part-time employees. Principal Investigator for Project was Bethany Lee Research Assistant. University of Maryland School of Social Work. Worked with Bronwyn Mayden on the initial steps to plan a research project involving focus groups around the issue of Latina teen pregnancy prevention in Maryland Research Assistant. Elizabethtown College Dept. of Social Work Transcribed interviews, coded qualitative data, assisted in writing manuscript under the supervision of Susan Mapp from Social Work and Gene A. Behrens from Music Therapy. SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE Program Manager for Foster Care. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Program management duties involved providing capacity development advice, consulting, conducting research, facilitating peer-to-peer learning, creating and hosting formal trainings, assisting with grant proposals, development of staff training plans, and enhancing network collaboration for eleven foster care programs nationwide. Quality Assurance duties included case reviews, continuous quality improvement process, annual site monitoring, and writing corrective action plans. Other duties include tracking data and compiling reports, supervising placement staff and MSW interns, conference planning, reviewing suitability reports, and liaising with partners such as UNHCR, Department of State, and Office of Refugee Resettlement to ensure effective functioning of the program and network Placement Coordinator. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Facilitated foster family placement matches for immigrant and refugee youth, developed foster parent recruitment strategies, Identified and trained new agencies to provide wraparound services for undocumented youth, provided technical assistance and training, served on database development team Home Study Assessment Social Worker. Adoptions Together Conducted home study assessments and produced formal court documents for preadoptive families. Conducted visits, wrote medical reports and social histories for children awaiting adoption Intercountry Case Manager. International Social Services Assisted caseworkers from New Jersey Department of Social Service to pursue family finding and permanency across international borders. Developed best practices and a home study template Family Preservation Caseworker. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Provided in-home services, and referrals to community support to facilitate a stable family reunification for unaccompanied minors from Central America Team Leader. Bike and Build Organized volunteer days, developed trip itinerary, and led a summer volunteer program for a group of thirty-two college aged students with goal of increasing awareness of affordable housing through volunteering with affordable housing organizations, community education events, and fundraising to award small grants. Kerri Evans 6

7 Youth Organizer. CASA de Maryland. Organized and mobilized high school and college aged students, and teachers around legislation to allow access to Higher Education for immigrant youth. Experience with multiple aspects of policy work and lobbying Respite Coordinator Jewish Family Services:AdoptionLinks. Organized and planned group respite events for the post-permanency adoption children. Provided trainings to respite providers and coordinated schedules. Committees and Board of Directors COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2017-Current Elizabethtown College Boston Area Alumni Chapter. Steering Committee Member University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Faculty Committee: International Social Work. Adjunct Faculty Member University of Maryland, School of Social Work Alumni Association, Board of Directors. Chair of Networking Committee- 2 years. Vice President- 2 years Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Family Action Committee Chair Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Family Advisory Committee Member Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, Family Selection Committee Elizabethtown Social Work Department Planning Committee. Alumni Representative University of Maryland, School of Social Work: Management and Community Organizing Concentration Committee, Student Representative Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Engagement Committee Elizabethtown College, Department of Social Work Advisory Committee. Volunteer Management 2013 Team Leader. Habitat para la Humanidad La Republica Dominicana Global Village. 12 participants aged San Juan, Dominican Republic Team Leader. Habitat para la Humanidad Honduras Global Village. 19 participants aged from Elizabethtown College. Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras Team Organizer. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. 15 participants, aged from University of Maryland School of Social Work. Cedar Rapids, IA Team Leader. Bike and Build. 32 participants aged 18-26, 10-week program. Southern United States Kerri Evans 7

8 2009 Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. 9 participants aged from University of Maryland School of Social Work. One-week program. New Orleans, LA. Certifications 2016 Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), State of Massachusetts 2015 PMD Pro- Project Management Certification through Inside NGO Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), State of Maryland Academic Honors Boston College, School of Social Work Doctoral Fellowship 2008 Distinguished Senior Award. Elizabethtown College 2006,07,08 College Scholar. Elizabethtown College 2007 Leadership and Mentorship in Intercultural Awareness within the Community Award. Elizabethtown College 2007 Intercultural Academic Excellence Award. Elizabethtown College 2006 Service Learning Award Winner. Elizabethtown College 2006,07,08 Phi Alpha, Social Work Honor Society 2005,06,07,08 National Scholars Honor Society Kerri Evans 8