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E2: Reimagining Foster Care

The Reimaging Foster Care Work Group is cross-sector group whose goal is to make recommendations for cultural and structural changes for Indiana’s child and family welfare community and to increase collaboration between birth parents and foster or kinship parents. They have gathered information from former foster youth, birth families, foster families, kinship families, successful co-parenting families, and the judiciary. Come hear from the group’s chairs regarding insight they have gained and how we can work together to enrich the lives of children.

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how collaborative relationships and improved teamwork among GAL/CASA, DCS, providers and families can improve outcomes for children.
  • Learn new ways to promote a transformational culture shift that inspires and supports all frontline staff by leveraging innovative resources.
  • Learn how to improve communication from the beginning of the case to promote the best results for families and children.

Presenter Bios:

Angela Smith Grossman, MSW, Assistant Deputy Director of Field Operations for DCS, has served in various leadership roles within frontline field operations for child welfare, community-based projects for prevention of abuse and neglect and the development of pro[1]social, asset building programs for 30 years.

Teresa Lyles is the State Program Coordinator for the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA. She has 30 years of experience working with GAL/CASA, families, children, DCS, providers and the court. Best interest advocacy and collaboration is her passion and goal for children.

 Mary Mims, MSW, is the Executive Director of Pathways. She is a change agent with over 25 years of working with multicultural groups in agencies, organizational settings, and communities serving children and families. She has worked in child welfare for 21 years. 



Angela Smith Grossman, MSW & Teresa Lyles, BS & Mary Mims, MSW