Social Work Team Leader, Family Defense Practice
Meghan Downes is originally from Long Island, NY. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice from SUNY University at Albany and received her Master in Social Work degree with a specialization in Social Work and Law from Fordham University.
Meghan’s first social work internship was at YACHAD/National Jewish Council on Disabilities. She worked with Orthodox Jewish teenagers who have special needs by providing individual and group therapy. She also created a successful travel training program to help familiarize students with public transportation and worked with students to ensure they understood the safety measures that need to be taken when travelling independently.
In her second year, Meghan commenced an internship with the Brooklyn Family Defense Project. At BFDP, she was introduced to interdisciplinary work and the role of a social worker in a legal office. Meghan realized this type of social work was a much better fit for her. After she completed her internship, Meghan was offered a temporary position and later began full-time employment at BFDP. With her Supervision In Field Instruction (SIFI) certification, Meghan supervises social work interns from various social work programs throughout New York City. Meghan is committed and motivated to continue in this role at BDS and provide much-needed social work services to Brooklyn’s parents.