Family Search and Engagement

Family Search & Engagement Trainings & Workshops

A child’s inalienable right…Family.
What would you want for your child?

Family Search & Engagement (FSE) is a set of practices designed to locate, engage, connect, and support family resources for youth. A major goal of this practice is to move youth from a place where they don’t hear “I love you” to a place where they can hear it and feel it every day. This comes from family, relatives, and others who love them.  Frequently these youths are involved in the child welfare system, have experienced multiple placements with non-relatives and have lost contact with their extended family members.

This training/workshop is intended to support the implementation of these complex practices by providing both an identification of the issues and activities involved and a variety of practical tools to assist the practitioner in the day-to-day work. It is the product of a collaborative process among agencies, practitioners, family members, and youth who have experienced the practice.


Guide to Family Search and Engagement

Permanence for Young People Measures
The National Resource Center suggests measures that states should use around permanency planning.

Permanence for Young People Framework
The National Permanence Framework developed by the NRC and Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practices.

Tools for Family Tracing and Social Reintegration
After the Rwanda genocide, NGOs used family tracing techniques to locate extended family member survivors.

Family Assessment and Stabilization Team; FAST

Family Behavioral Health Guiding Principles

Family Behavioral Health Mission, Values and Guiding Principles

CASA of Orange County 

Quick Links


Patti Renfro
Family Search & Engagement Coordinator
Phone: (253) 355-9493

Don Koenig
Vancouver Director
Phone: (360) 213-2418

Mary Stone-Smith
VP and Director of Family Behavioral Health
Phone: (800) 566-9053