Role: National Authority Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Youth engagement, youth empowerment, transition planning, independent living, permanency, cultural diversity, youth advocacy
Years of Child Welfare Experience: 20
As a consultant and subject matter expert at the Center, Falen LeBlanc supports resource development and service provision to states in the areas of youth engagement, youth empowerment, and transition planning. Currently, Ms. LeBlanc is the Assistant Program Director at the National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma. Her areas of expertise include independent living, permanency, cultural diversity, youth advocacy, and transition planning.
Ms. LeBlanc is responsible for the management of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Successful Adulthood program. She facilitates training and technical assistance for youth, serving agencies nationwide in initiatives such as youth advisory boards, youth-adult partnerships, life skills assessments, and the implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. She served in the state of Idaho for nearly 15 years, where she provided direct services for teens and young adults, as well as serving as the State of Idaho Independent Living Program Specialist. Ms. LeBlanc received her master of social work from the Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
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