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Jul 13, 2015

Senate Bill passed offering “normalcy” to foster youth

On July 2nd, Governor McCrory signed a bill into law that will help eliminate bureaucratic barriers preventing foster kids from taking part in normal youth activities. This law, nicknamed the “Normalcy Act”, allows foster parents to give youth in their care permission to participate in after school clubs, field trips, driver’s ed classes, and other activities. Several alumni… 

Jun 29, 2015

Susan Gasman and Deborah Moore present on self-care

On June 7th, center trainers Susan J. Gasman and Deborah C. Moore presented at the 37th International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Annual Symposium in Chapel Hill. Their session focused on self-care and the importance of addressing the secondary trauma social workers often experience in their challenging roles. Through discussion and group work, participants discovered… 

Jun 10, 2015

Dr. Pennell featured in the Alumni Magazine

Center director Dr. Joan Pennell was featured in the spring 2015 issue of the NC State Alumni Magazine. In the article, Dr. Pennell highlighted the center’s work across disciplines and agencies and its attention to emerging family issues, such as sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents. She also spoke briefly on major obstacles to family stability like economic disparity, and… 

Jun 4, 2015

Marcella Middleton speaks on foster care issues

Marcella Middleton, a youth partner trainer at the Center for Family and Community Engagement, spoke at a foster care seminar at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on May 11th. Marcella shared her story of growing up in the foster care system as testimony in support of a Senate bill that would help improve the foster care experience for youth. She did… 

Nov 18, 2014

Engaging Safely Men who Abuse

Center Trainer Claudia Kearney and Center Director Joan Pennell were invited to make two presentations at the National Safe and Together Model Symposium held in Seattle, Washington. Their well-attended pre institute focused on how men can hold themselves accountable to change how they relate to their families. Their conference workshop examined strategies for convening meetings… 

Oct 21, 2014

Dr. Pennell Inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

Dr. Joan Pennell was inducted as an inaugural member into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. 

Aug 6, 2014

Foster Youth and Education

This spring, the Center for Family and Community Engagement employed two NC State MSW students, Stephanie Batchelor and Olivia Reeser, and one Campbell law student, Magen Kite, to research methods for increasing the educational stability of youth in foster care. 

Jul 11, 2014

The center’s Claudia Kearney receives an NCSU Award for Excellence

The center's Claudia Kearney is one of only five employees to receive a University Award for Excellence in 2014. 

Jun 26, 2014

Family Group Decision Making

Our center is deeply rooted in family group decision making. The director, Dr. Joan Pennell, originally coined this term to refer to putting families at the center of making plans over their lives. These plans widen the circle of supports to keep child and adult family members safe, healthy, and connected to each other. In… 

May 30, 2014

The Center Announces its July-December Training Schedule

The center announces the new family-centered practice training schedule for July to December 2014. To learn more about our training offerings you can go to our website and drill down through our Professional Training link for in-person and online training offerings. Our training pages give directions on how to sign up for each workshop. The…