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Center for Family and Community Engagement

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Dec 12, 2022

October 17 – November 13 was the Step to It Movement Challenge

On November 17, 2022, ten members from the center’s team of staff, faculty, and students completed NC State University’s 4-week wellness challenge together. The Step to It Movement challenge, hosted by Wellness and Recreation beginning in mid-October, focused efforts to encourage and support improving overall health within the Wolfpack community. In conjunction with other universities, agencies,… 

A Moment of Gratitude

Nov 16, 2022

A Moment of Gratitude

“One of our full time trainers, Marissa Turner, created a reflection piece expressing the gratitude we have for those who take courses with us. Her piece can be read below:” For the family centered practice training team, customer service is a critical part of our engagement with the community. It is not only an important… 

Congratulations, Dr. Eva McKinsey!

Nov 7, 2022

Congratulations, Dr. Eva McKinsey!

Today we would like to highlight an exciting accomplishment achieved by our research consultant, Dr. Eva McKinsey. Dr. McKinsey has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. She joined the Center at the beginning of 2020 to assist on the evaluation of a model citation in lieu of arrest program. This project is in collaboration with the… 

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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+… 

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… 

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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 

Joan Pennell

May 9, 2022

Meet Us Monday: Joan Pennell, PhD, MSW

For today’s Meet Us Monday we are excited to highlight the work of our own Dr. Joan Pennell. Dr. Pennell is the Founding Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE) & Professor Emerita of Social Work at North Carolina State University. She became the Director of CFACE in 2008 and served in… 

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Mar 31, 2022

Celebration of Child and Family Serving Social Workers

Today, we especially want to celebrate our partners in the child welfare realm whose daily commitment to collaborating with families improves safety and outcomes for children and youth.