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Dr. Pérez Highlighted by Foster Care Alumni of America

May 26, 2020

Dr. Pérez has been highlighted by Foster Care Alumni of America! 

Dr. Perez standing in front of a field and trees

From the Facebook and Instagram posts: 

"May is #NFCM #nationalfostercaremonth
Today we highlight - Dr. Alfred G. Pérez. He is an assistant professor in the newly accredited social work program at Seattle University where he teaches classes in social welfare policy, human development, and “adulting.”

Alfred’s professional experiences before academia span state government, direct child welfare practice, social welfare policy, and the federal government. Most notably, Alfred’s tenure with former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s administration included reform of the Child Protection Services system. He served as a policy analyst for the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and at Westat he was on a team that developed the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), which tracks federal independent living services and youth outcomes during emerging adulthood.

As a teen, while in foster care, Alfred joined the California Youth Connection (CYC), a youth-led organization that empowers youth to reform foster care through legislative, policy, and practice change. Because of the advocacy work with CYC, Alfred was invited by former President Bill Clinton to deliver remarks at the White House bill signing ceremony of the Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA).

Alfred’s personal and professional experiences fuel and sustains his passion for child welfare research in the areas of post-permanency wellbeing and independent living services receipt among transition-aged youth. His latest study, Factors Predicting Patterns of Service Use among John F. Chafee Independent Living Services Recipients, is featured in a double-issue of CWLA's journal Child Welfare, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Foster Care Independent Act.

Alfred received his B.A. in Social Work from the San José State University, M.S.W. (Policy and Political Social Work) from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Chicago.

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