Laurie Washington

Laurie Washington

Region 4 Program Manager – Adoption and Permanent Planning DCYF (Division of Children, Youth & Families)
My position is primarily dedicated to facilitating the Region’s Children Finding Families Adoption Program; collaborating with community organizations such as Rotary Clubs, Microsoft, Expedia, Faith Community, Fostering Together Program, etc.

I perform “child specific adoptive family recruitment” e.g. I develop ‘profiles’ of dependent and legally free children, register them with adoption exchanges when legally eligible, post them on regional and national websites where indicated, and provide liaison services between inquiries and children’s teams. I also refer them for special recruitment services through WWK and for photo and video projects to enhance their public profiles.

I provide training and consultation on adoption and permanency issues to social workers and supervisors around the region; and provide expert testimony on permanency issues as needed.

Additionally, I facilitate required staffings including Adoption Planning Review’s, Permanency Prognostic Staffing’s, Case Review Panels and some guardianship staffings in region 4.