Jennifer Fagenbaum received her Bachelor degree from Purdue University in Family and Consumer Science Education and Child Development and Family Studies. She has worked within school corporations and community colleges, working with high school students and young adults for 9 years while also supervising colleagues. During that time, she worked to educate individuals in life skills so they could obtain an appropriate education, a satisfying and fulfilling career, and consumer knowledge needed to become self-sufficient. These experiences helped Jennifer to understand the population we are serving and have provided her the unique ability to educate our clients while providing a strong foundation for our program.
Family Service Coordinator
I am very excited to come to Family Promise of South Sarasota County as the Family Service Coordinator. I have lived in Venice for the past 14 years and believe our community is very special. I started my career in social services after graduating from USF in 2000. My first professional job was with Safe Children Coalition as a case manager working with 0-5-year-old children in foster care. Working their I started building relationships amongst DCF, community providers, and the legal system. Soon after gaining experience as a case manager, I was promoted to the Child Protection Center Supervised Visitation Program as their Program Director and with the Child Protection Team as a case coordinator, conducting child forensic interviews for DCF and Law Enforcement to gather further information on allegations of child abuse and neglect. In 2005, I had my daughter Ava and within a year of that I gave birth to twins, Tessa and Zoe. I decided to stay home with them until Ava started elementary school. I started with The Department of Juvenile Justice in 2009 and worked as a case manager in post commitment probation for three years until the contract went back to DJJ. For the past 4 years I have been with Bay Area Youth Services (BAYS), also contracted with DJJ, working with the Juvenile Diversion Alternative Program (JDAP) as the Circuit 12 Supervisor. I started working as the Family Service Coordinator this November.
Social Work Intern
Patricia Stoff is a candidate in the Bachelor of Social Work professional program at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the recipient of several academic scholarships and will complete her degree requirements in Spring 2018. Before coming to FGCU, Patricia earned an associate’s degree, summa cum laude, from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Her background spans several fields including graphic design and child advocacy in public education.
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