Sue Edelstein is a licensed clinical social worker and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics. Ms. Edelstein founded UCLA TIES for Families and has served as its director since its development seventeen years ago. TIES for Families received the 2001 National Adoption Excellence Award in the category of ‘Support for Adoptive Families.’ In 2003, the program received the Comprehensive Community Care Award from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health in recognition of an outstanding team approach that integrates the client with family members, partner agencies, community services, and resources. In 2009, the TIES Transition Model was designated as Community Defined Evidence Based Practice (CDE) by California Institute of Mental Health.
Ms. Edelstein has directed service, training, and research projects involving interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of child abuse and neglect, parental chemical dependency and prenatal substance exposure, foster care and adoption, and comprehensive early intervention approaches. She has published extensively in these areas. In April of 2000, she received the Daniel E. Koshland Award for California’s Outstanding Practitioner in Social Services by the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter. In 2006, she and TIES received the Anne C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnerships Prize from UCLA.