Jane Zupancic

Instructor


Department of Social Work

Biography

Jane Zupancic is a licensed social worker with nearly 25 years of experience in the field of public child welfare. As a program specialist at Washington County Children and Youth Services, her focus is on policy development, training agency staff, and ensuring educational stability for youth in foster care. She also coordinates and supervises the agency student intern program and has acted as a field instructor for both graduate and undergraduate interns. In this role, she helps students apply what they have learned in the classroom to social work practice in an agency setting.


Prior to her current position, she was a caseworker and a casework supervisor for an ongoing services unit that focused on treatment, case management of family systems, and family interventions to ensure child safety and permanency, as well as family stabilization, preservation and/or reunification. In addition, she has participated on several statewide committees focused on establishing and/or revising child welfare practices in Pennsylvania.

 

This work has included developing practice standards regarding visitation between children and families during out-of-home placement; developing and revising the Pennsylvania Standards for Child Welfare Practice as well as the state's child welfare Practice Model; and serving on the Sustaining Change committee to develop and implement a continuous quality improvement process for the state's child welfare system.

  • B.A.: Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.W: University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work