Monica Farrell '91 to Receive Alumni Service Award
Monica Farrell always dreamed of becoming a social worker, and after graduating from DeSales University (then Allentown College) in 1991, she wasted no time making that dream a reality. She joined the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families a few months after graduation, and began working for the Division of Family Services in the investigation unit. She was responsible for examining cases of child abuse and neglect for children 12 years old and under. She worked in this department for four years, and became a Foster Care Coordinator in 1995.
As a Foster Care Coordinator, Farrell trained prospective foster parents, completed home evaluations, and secured safe placement arrangements for children who entered into foster care programs. She has held her current position as a Family Court Liaison for the past 18 years. In this position she handles interactions with families that come into court, members of the court counsel, attorneys, and various state and private agencies involved in juvenile justice matters. As a liaison, Farrell provides guidance and direction for families struggling with issues regarding mental health, substance abuse, or even behavioral problems.
Farrell has been married to her high school sweetheart for 26 years, and currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and two children, Lauren and Joey.