Alameda County Social Services
2000 San Pablo Ave
Oakland CA 94612
Agency Director : Lori A. Cox
As director of the Alameda County Social Services Agency, Ms. Lori A. Cox is responsible for leading the County's largest agency with an annual budget of $600 million and a staff of approximately 2,200 employees.
With oversight of critical safety-net programs such as Child Welfare, Adult Protection, CalFresh (formerly food stamps), Medi-Cal eligibility and cash aid, Ms. Cox is among a new generation of system leaders committed to developing responsive, integrated services for disadvantaged populations served among multiple agencies.
In her sixteen years with Alameda County, Ms. Cox has designed and implemented a number of highly successful programs, including:
- The Children's Assessment Center, which is nationally recognized for providing a safe, positive environment for children newly removed from their homes. Previously, children had to wait for placement in chaotic environments such as police stations or fast food restaurants;
- Participation in the Title IV-E waiver program, which allows the County to reinvest millions of dollars in savings from foster care cost reductions in an expanded array of child welfare services and other system improvements; and
- Adoption and implementation of the "Family to Family" child welfare model, which seeks to build a network of support for children and the adults who care for them by involving foster parents, caseworkers, and, whenever possible, birth families and community members in the placement decision involving the children they love.
Ms. Cox began working for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 1995 and held positions as a Child Welfare Worker, Child Welfare Supervisor, and Program Manager in the Family Reunification, Group Homes, Long Term Foster Care, Dependency Investigations, and Emergency Response programs before relocating to Indiana in 2000. In the spring of 2001, she was recruited back to DCFS as a consultant, developing and implementing several new programs for the department and helping them to successfully comply with a State Audit that threatened to put the department under State receivership. She was reinstated in 2003 and promoted to Division Director in March 2004. The County's Board of Supervisors appointed her as Director of the Social Services Agency in July 2011.
Ms. Cox holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward.