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Pediatric Social Worker

Audelia DeCosta, LCSW

Office Location(s):
NW Portland

Licensure: Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers
Education: MSW – Portland State University, Portland, OR
Internships: Morrison Child & Family Services: Counterpoint Outpatient, Portland, OR & Providence Emergency Department at Providence Portland and Providence Saint Vincent Medical Centers, Portland, OR

Care Philosophy

It is a privilege to walk alongside children and families as they cope with difficult times in their lives, and see them come out the other side, stronger and wiser. I see myself as an advocate for children’s safety and emotional well-being."

– Audelia DeCosta, LCSW


One of the best lessons you can learn in social work is that people are tremendously resilient. As difficult as it is to watch children and families go through tough times, their ability to overcome challenges in their own way is absolutely amazing! For this reason and many more, Audelia chose to become a licensed clinical social worker.

Seeking help is a very courageous thing to do, and Audelia feels honored every time a family invites her into their life. Kids and families continually impress her with their ability to triumph in the face of adversity. Even during hard stretches, the human spirit does not yield to defeat – and that is pretty incredible. Helping support and guide families to better days is both a privilege and a pleasure.

Social work is definitely not easy, but it’s always interesting – no two kids, families, or struggles are alike. Audelia remains curious about how people’s environment and experiences impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Somehow – despite all the differences among us – we all find a way to move forward.

In her free time, Audelia likes to hit the ground running (literally – she has two half-marathons already under her belt). Some other favorite pastimes include hanging with family, cooking and trying new recipes, and traveling. She also loves adventuring in the great outdoors, one of her favorite retreats being the coast.

New Patients

Thank you for choosing Metropolitan Pediatrics as your child’s Medical Home! Our physicians and staff are pleased to have the opportunity to build a relationship with you, your child, and family.

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