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Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Pennell’s Panels at the 2022 International Kempe Conference

Recently, Dr. Joan Pennell, the Center’s founding director participated in two panels and led one panel on her latest book at the 2022 International Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare. “Family decision making changing child protection” emphasized the importance of family decision-making in a time of global change because it can help… 

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Oct 20, 2022

CFACE’s Jeanne Preisler and Dr. Emily Smith Present at the Prestigous Kempe Conference

The Kempe Center hosted its 2022 International Virtual Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare from Oct. 3-6. This event created an opportunity to debate, innovate, and discuss transforming child welfare and to re-imagine healthy, restorative, and healing ways of working with children, youth and families. The conference boasted 8 keynote speakers, 150+… 

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Oct 15, 2022

CFACE Scholars, Staff Speak at 2022 International Conference

The conference featured many incredible speakers who are dedicated to child welfare, including the Center’s founding director, Dr. Joan Pennell; interim program manager, Jeanne Preisler; and postdoctoral research scholar, Dr. Emily Smith. 

Dr. Anna Abate

Sep 15, 2022

Welcome to CFACE, Dr. Anna Abate!

We are excited to welcome our new Research Scholar, Dr. Anna Abate aboard. At the Center, she manages and oversees various ongoing research projects. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2021 and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia in 2022. Although much of her education… 

Live Online Classes

Aug 11, 2022

Our Official Calendar for In-Person and Live Online Classes!

The Center for Family and Community Engagement and the North Carolina Division of Social Services presents the official in-person and online trainings for the remainder of the year. We are excited to go back to in-person trainings and provide our trainees with a safe learning and networking environment. Our trainings and materials are guided by… 

Candice Helton, wrote a reflection piece describing her experience.

Aug 2, 2022

“Oh to be back to in-person training! What a great feeling!”

I don’t know about you, but the past few years of learning, professional development, and training have held both challenges and joys for me, personally. Much of my work since my hire date in late 2020 consists of delivering online trainings monthly to child welfare professionals statewide. As satisfying as this work is, I’d be… 

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Jun 23, 2022

Fathering in Recovery Training Online Course

Did you know that research suggests that 1 in 8 children in the United States grow up with a parent suffering from a substance use disorder? 

Dr. Clare

Jun 13, 2022

Dr. Clare’s Presentation at the NC Fatherhood Conference 6.18.2022

The Center is excited to highlight the work of Dr. Glenda Clare, our Family Partner Specialist and Trainer. 

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Jun 6, 2022

Meet Us Monday: Dr. Sarah Ascienzo

For today’s Meet Us Monday we are highlighting one of our faculty partners, Dr. Sarah Ascienzo. Dr. Ascienzo is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in NC State’s School of Social Work and engages in research, teaching, and service within her role. She currently teaches Research Methods (SW 300), and Practice With Individuals (SW 320) at the undergraduate… 

Helping Hands

May 27, 2022

Child Welfare and Family Well-being Transformation Team

Family Well-being Transformation Team. The Team, created by the North Carolina Division of Social Services (DSS) is made up of leaders across different divisions