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June 2017Vol. 18, No. 4National Reunification Month Webinar

The Children's Bureau's Capacity Building Center for States will be hosting the National Reunification Month webinar "Innovative Practices to Promote Reunification," which will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.

This webinar will highlight two specific programs from Nevada and Louisiana that support reunification and emphasize caregiver and parent voice. Presenters will explore how parent engagement and involvement can lead to better outcomes, including increased placement stability, reduced use of group care, reduced sibling separation, and increased successes in reunification by improving parent and child relationships.

Presenters include Alice LeDesma, Washoe County, NV, Department of Social Services; Melissa Thompson, The Extra Mile Family Resource Center; family representatives from Nevada and Louisiana; Taffy Compain, national foster care specialist, Children’s Bureau; Jennifer Marcelli, foster care program area manager, Capacity Building Center for States; and Joan Morse, program area advisor and State Foster Care Managers Constituency group lead.

To register for the webinar, go to