Maria Kaidas earned her M.S.W at Columbia University School of Social Work and completed the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certificate course. While in graduate school, Maria interned at short-term suspension high school where she provided individual and group counseling to students and at Legal Services NYC where she advocated for clients’ educational rights. Prior to entering graduate school, Maria worked at a therapeutic day school. During her time at Legal Aid, Maria participated on interdisciplinary panels and co-facilitated office roundtable discussions on topics that included mental health best practices in child welfare and the importance of a significant adult connection for youth transitioning out of foster care. Maria graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.