Amy D'Andrade

D'Andrade, Amy C

Professor, School of Social Work




Preferred: (408) 924-5830

Office Hours

Office location: WSQ 215 H; Tuesdays 2-3PM; Fridays 4-5PM

Courses, AY 19-20

ScWk 202 Social Welfare Policy - History and Services

Fridays, Fall semester, 12:30-3:15 SH 345

This foundation year graduate course examines the historical development and current structures of social welfare policies and services in the U.S. through the lens of the school's transcultural generalist perspective, with a special emphasis on the history, mission and philosophy of the social work profession. The relationship between policy and practice – how policy frames service delivery, and practice can shape policy development -- is explored. The role of social policy in both hindering and furthering the equitable distribution of basic human and civil rights is stressed.

ScWk 202 Course Syllabus

ScWk 298(a) Special Project

Tuesdays, Fall semester, 3:00-5:45 TBD

This required Advanced Year course emphasizes the application of social work research, theory, policy and practice concepts within a Master’s Special Project. In this first semester of this year-long course, students conceptualize and plan a project that systematically examines a social work issue within a specific field of practice. Topics to be covered include: an overview of professional writing styles; guidance in the selection of an appropriate research topic; the formulation of research questions and hypotheses; the development of measurement strategies and utilization of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and a review of SPSS software applications. Students are expected to demonstrate in their Special Project that they have sufficient mastery of social work professional skills in their assigned agency setting.

ScWk 298a Course Syllabus

University Service, AY 19-20

Member, University RTP Committee

Member, Research Foundation Board of Directors

Chair, CHHS Dean Search Committee

Liaison, Social Work Alumni Association

Recent Publications

D’Andrade, A. (in press). Professional stakeholders’ concerns about reunification case plan requirements. Social Service Review.

Parents whose children have been removed from their care due to maltreatment must resolve their problems within a limited time period in order to be reunified with their children. Child welfare workers create case plans outlining a set of services intended to facilitate this, but evidence on the best approach for helping these highly-challenged parents is limited. In this qualitative study, attorneys, caseworkers, managers, and service providers from four jurisdictions are interviewed to understand practice and decision-making in reunification case planning and service delivery. A thematic analysis of the data reveals these stakeholders have serious concerns about the number of services on case plans, and report that heavily loaded case plans can hinder reunification. To ensure agency efforts are effective rather than overwhelming, case planning and service delivery should better accommodate parents’ circumstances. Program models that ease parents’ access to services are also needed.

Crowe, K. & D’Andrade. A. (2018). Engaging community members in providing support for the dying and bereaved: Activities in social work community practice. Families in Society, 99(4), 338-346.

In this practice note, the authors describe three main community engagement strategies around empathy in times of suffering: (1) raising public awareness about the value of community support in times of grief with the creation of a neighborhood-based public campaign; (2) providing educational, skill-building workshops to instill confidence and communication skills among lay people in community, business, and medical settings that want to connect with people they know experiencing a personal difficulty; and (3) publishing a lighthearted, illustrated trade book and website/blog to make a difficult topic palatable and engaging to a broad audience. Activities were housed in a fiscally sponsored nonprofit the authors founded in 2014 called Help Each Other Out.

D’Andrade, A. (2017). Does fathers’ involvement in services affect mothers’ likelihood of reunification with children placed in foster care? Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 5-9.

Social science literature shows associations between fathers’ involvement with their children and beneficial developmental outcomes of those children. A related but smaller body of research in the child welfare services arena has found measures of father involvement to be positively associated with beneficial child welfare outcomes, including child’s reunification with parent after placement in foster care. However, the pathway by which father involvement affects reunification likelihood has not been determined. This study builds on the existing body of literature by testing a theoretical basis for the relationship between father involvement (measured as service use) and mothers’ reunification in a model controlling for family structure. I find that fathers’ involvement in services improves mothers’ likelihood of reunification, independently of family structure. Results suggest that agency efforts to involve fathers in services make sense both when the aim is to prepare the father for possible custody, and when the aim is to reunify the mother.

D’Andrade, A., Simon, J.D., Fabella, D., Castillo, L., Mejia, C., & Shuster, D. (2017). The California Linkages Program: Doorway to housing support for child welfare-involved parents.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(1-2), 125-133.

Housing instability can complicate parents' efforts to provide for their children. Child welfare service agencies have had difficulty adequately serving parents' housing needs due to limited and constrained funding streams. This article integrates the voices of four important stakeholders to illuminate how an innovative model of service system coordination called Linkages addresses housing needs for child welfare-involved parents eligible for public assistance. Facilitated by Linkages, these parents can receive supportive housing services through programs affiliated with the California public assistance program CalWORKs. Personal narratives reflecting the diverse perspectives of stakeholders in the Linkages collaboration -- the statewide program director, a child welfare services coordinator, a CalWORKs caseworker, and a parent program participant -- shed light on how the collaboration assists parents in attaining case plan goals, and highlights some of the factors facilitating and hindering effective collaboration between the agencies involved. Stakeholders emphasized the value of flexible service approaches, the intensity of the efforts required, the role of advocacy, and the importance of a shared vision between agencies working together to provide housing supports.



  • PhD, Social Welfare, U.C.Berkeley, California, United States

  • Masters of Social Welfare, U.C.Berkeley, California, United States