Family Search and Engagement

Family Search and Engagement
Presented by Mary Lebeau and Lori Ryan

Mary LeBeau
Mary specializes in providing intensive, on-site, collaborative consulting to public child welfare agencies to strengthen agency management, internal operations, policy, front line practice and supervision. She most recently held the position of Senior Associate for The Annie E. Casey Child Welfare Strategy Group.. Mary was also the Practice Manager for CWSG, responsible for overseeing the identification and development of specific front-line practice reform strategies focusing both on practice skill content and practice implementation methodologies. This included developing materials, tools, learning opportunities, and evaluation methods related to the improvement strategies.

Previously, as a Project Manager for the Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practice at Casey Family services, Mary managed and coordinated technical assistance with the goal of improving the quality of child welfare services nationwide, particularly for youth in transition and in treatment foster care. Mary provided consultation to state and private agencies to replicate models of effective permanency practice. She developed and conducted best practice trainings and workshops and specialized in teaching social work and supervisory strategies to help vulnerable children and families. A seasoned supervisor herself, Mary aims to improve the permanency outcomes of social work staff and supervisors; she also coaches on organizing effective peer supervision groups. Mary lead Casey Center consulting projects in California and Michigan.

Mary has worked in child welfare for more than 31 years, often in non-profit special needs adoption agencies. Before coming to Casey, she managed statewide permanency mediation services in collaboration with the Massachusetts Trial Court, for children and families involved in the child welfare system. She is a trained mediator and a licensed independent clinical social worker.

Lori Ryan, 3P Consulting LLC

Lori Ryan has worked in the field of child welfare for the past 20 years. She has provided direct services to children and families, as both a social worker and supervisor. She has a special expertise in curriculum development, child welfare training and in delivering post-training support through coaching, mentoring and consultation.

Most recently, Lori worked for The Annie E. Casey Foundation (2005-2012) as part of their Child Welfare Strategy Group, a national team delivering technical assistance, training and consultation to public child welfare systems - seeking large scale system reform - to strengthen agency management, policy and frontline practice.

Currently, Lori is an independent consultant. Her work with public and private agencies focuses on implementing front line practice strategies that promote youth and family engagement through collaborative team planning and decision-making. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Rehabilitation and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology.




Thank you to our sponsors! 

BC Graduate School of Social Work

Dave Thomas Foundation

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst College of Education

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

One Simple Wish

One Simple Wish offering scholarships for 50 youth to attend the Rudd-REFCA conference.  If you are a young person that has experienced foster care and you would like to learn more about how One Simple Wish can help, please at or read this FAQ.

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