Aleta assures us that she loves working with the counties for reasons other than that they are magnificently beautiful and offer many opportunities for exploration. "I've been visiting my counties since 2000, and have gotten to know the court staff, probation staff, and child welfare professionals who are all devoted, caring individuals with genuine interest in the children and families we all serve. It is a pleasure to work with them and learn about all the innovative, exciting projects within their counties." She does admit that while working with the courts she has found "delightful places to go backpacking" that offer close-up encounters with "the stunning beauty of the Eastern Sierras."
Aleta decided to work at the AOC to use her direct service experience in child welfare and family law and apply it to policy initiatives. Through her work at the agency, she has witnessed significant positive policy change at the county and statewide levels. "I've seen many improvements in my 28 years involved in child welfare," she said. "One notable advance is that more attention and resources have been devoted to foster care youth who are making the transition to living independently."