Rise Up Conference

Lisa Whitecrow
Lisa Whitecrow
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Lisa Whitecrow
Lisa was raised in the San Fernando Valley for most of her childhood. She attended California State University, Northridge where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and then earned a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from California Family Study Center. She joined the Department of Children and Family Services in 1994 as a Children's Social Worker and immediately knew that this was the field for her. In 2000, she became a Supervising Children's Social Worker, and throughout her time in that role, she oversaw Emergency Response, Dependency Investigations, and Continuing Services, including being a Training Supervisor. In October 2015, Lisa promoted to Assistant Regional Administrator in the Lancaster office, where she really developed her leadership skills. In April of 2019, she accepted an Acting Regional Administrator position at the West Los Angeles office, and then was privileged to be appointed as the Regional Administrator for the Lancaster office in November of 2019. Lisa has a passion for working with people, building strong and cohesive teams, and for raising the bar for higher standards within child welfare. She has limitless energy and a strong commitment to better outcomes for children and families, especially in the Antelope Valley. Lisa lives in Santa Clarita with her husband, two sons and animals (she is a dog and cat lover!).


The Domino Effect: How Small Practice Shifts Create Big Change for Families
LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Lancaster Regional Office explores the power of intentionally, how small changes have big impacts. The audience will hear how our "why" drives our work and the power of partnering with community in transforming our child welfare practice to better serve and support children, youth, and families. We will provide an overview of DCFS' efforts to Eliminate Racial Disproportionality and Disparity (ERDD) by taking a closer look at the data and the strategies being implemented to improve outcomes for African American/Black Families interfacing within our child welfare system. The result of our efforts to date and the domino effect we are already observing as our practice shift. Through understanding how far we have come and sharing what has worked for us, our successes can serve as an example to others that small shifts can make big changes.