Louis Caines, Khalilah

Title: Instructor

Department: Graduate Social Work (MSW Program)

Phone: 352-588-8097

Email: khalilah.louis@saintleo.edu


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Master of Social Work, Saint Leo University 

Khalilah Louis Caines graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Psychology.  As an alumna of Saint Leo University, she was a member of the initial MSW cohort in 2011. She has more than fourteen years’ experience in child welfare, with an emphasis on foster care adoption.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in providing trauma-focused care to children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system.  She is also certified as an Adoption Competent Professional and Affiliate of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. She has served on various child welfare committees and provides training for foster and adoptive parents of children with special needs.

Community Affiliation:

  • Take Stock in Children Mentor
  • Eckerd Community Alternatives  - Consultant
  • Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Khalilah teaches various practice and child welfare courses in social work. She is the Director of Field Education for the Graduate Social Work Program. Khalilah’s professional interests include child welfare and adoption and she continues to provide training to adoptive families and adoption professionals at various state and national conferences. 


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