La Toya M. Faulkner-Clayton

Child Welfare Trainer

Aa member of the child welfare training team, La Toya delivers basic training to child welfare practitioners who are newly employed with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS).  Collectively, the team provides community-based training to child welfare workers in the State of South Carolina as well as innovative ways in which to present state law, DSS policy, and new legislation that impacts the Child Welfare System. In addition, she collaborates on the coordination of the Placement Needs Assessment implemented to support efforts of SCDSS to strengthen placement decisions for children in foster care.

La Toya attended the University of Laverne where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Community Psychology.  She obtained her Master’s of Social with an emphasis in Child Welfare from California State University.

Latoya has over twenty years of experience in the human services field which ranges from researcher to supervision in varying settings.  She was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves where she also served as a Mental Health Therapist.  In addition, she has also provided direct clinical services as a Play Therapist and School Counselor. In the child welfare field, she supervised a staff of twenty-three employees in a congregate care setting operated by the county of San Mateo.

Prior to joining the Center for Child and Family Studies, she was a child welfare service worker responsible for managing the placement of youth entering foster care and ensuring safety, permanency, and well-being.

La Toya’s personal mission statement is: As a change agent who serves the community, to promote an end to human suffering.

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