Foster Youth Ombudsman
Foster Youth Ombudsman, Loney Nguyen
Loney Nguyen has over 12 years of lived and professional child welfare experience. Graduating summa cum laude, she earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Coppin State University. She was inducted into the Phi Alpha, National Social Work Honor Society, Theta Rho Chapter and proudly served as Theta Rho Chapter President, Social Work Association Queen, Student Ambassador and Cheerleder. Continuing her education, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work, from the University Of Maryland, School Of Social Work, advance standing, where she was chosen as the commencement speaker for her graduating class. As a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Maryland, she began her service with the State of Maryland in 2014 and since then has served in several different capacities. In her first year of service with the State of Maryland, she worked in the Baltimore County Department of Social Services in the Child Advocacy Center as a forensic social worker investigating allegations of child sexual abuse. After her service in Baltimore, she transferred to the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services as a social worker in the Independent Living Unit where she worked directly with older youth preparing towards emancipation from foster care. Upon superior performance, she received a promotion to the Independent Living Coordinator position in the Ready By 21 Unit where she provided expert staff support, resources, and services for youth, ages 14-21 committed in the care of Prince George’s County Department of Social Services.
Prior to her state service, she worked in non-profit management for 6 years as the Deputy Director and Social Work supervisor for WHALER’s Creation Inc., a foster, adopted youth arts and media training non-profit organization in DC, Maryland, and Las, Vegas Nevada. Loney is the 2 time recipient of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY) Youth Achievement Award, and received recognition from Senator Barbara Mulkuski as the 2013 She Matters SHERO recipient. In her spare time she volunteers and serves in the pageant community as a title holder, pageant judge, and coach. Loney was crowned Miss Vietnam DC, 2014 and Miss Baltimore United States 2019. It is due to her childhood experiences that she has adopted the belief that every child deserves a strong family bond regardless of blood relations. She understands that it takes a village to raise a child and knows the power of positive mentorship in the lives of youth.
Loney Nguyen, Foster Youth Ombudsman