Tara Willey

Profile Supervising Probation OfficerRiverside County Probation

Tara Willey is a Supervising Probation Officer at Riverside County Probation Department with 16 years of experience specializing in juvenile field assignments. She currently oversees a unit of probation officers supervising Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) participating in the Extended Foster Care (EFC) program. She created a process to streamline the transition from a STRTP to a Transitional Housing Program (THP). This process is designed to help NMDs enter a THP that is the right fit so they can establish stability and reduce the trauma associated with frequently moving from one THP to another. Tara’s passion is researching, creating, and evaluating processes to reduce the impact of trauma and uplift the voice and optimism of justice-involved youth. She previously created a drug awareness diversion program, analyzed foster youth placement trends after the passage of Assembly Bill 403, and co-authored the department’s trauma-informed, victim-centered approach for serving the needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in response to Federal Public Law 113-183.