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Annual conference promotes 'Being There for Children'

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Annual Child Welfare Conference presenters and hosts


“BEING THERE FOR CHILDREN” – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Social Work program and the Office of Community Services (OCS), Region IX, sponsored "Being There for Our Children … Educating, Mentoring, Nurturing," a conference for social work educators, professionals, foster families and adoptive families, on April 24 at the University Center. Dozens of child welfare professionals as well as Southeastern social work students attended the 10th annual conference. College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen and Maurice Badon, coordinator of Southeastern’s child welfare program, were among those welcoming the workshop’s speakers and participants. From left, are presenters Gerald Mallon, executive director of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning; Karen Hebert, OCS interim assistant secretary; Kristy Nichols, Department of Social Services secretary; Badon; Allen; and Robert Couvillion, OCS Covington regional administrator.  

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