In 1992, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Center for the Study of Family Policy convened a group of 40 professionals to design and create a national network for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), and as a result … the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was born! Over the next seven years, NFPN had three executive directors who accomplished many things, among them preparing a directory of IFPS services, publishing a newsletter, issuing press releases, holding teleconferences, developing two video trainings, and appointing board members to maintain contact with IFPS states.
In 1999, Priscilla Martens became the executive director, a role in which she thrived for 20 years! In that time, NFPN experienced tremendous growth and development. The following are just the highlights:
- Three additional variations of the NCFAS tool
- IFPS nationwide surveys, IFPS ToolKit and other resources
- An assessment tool for reunification and a model for intensive reunification
- A father involvement project and the development of curricula to train practitioners
- A website with over 50 resources to share cutting-edge information and best practice
Last month, Priscilla announced that she was retiring as of July 31, 2019. Words cannot describe how valuable she has been to NFPN, and she will be greatly missed. Of course, transition is a part of life, and so the NFPN Board of Directors is proud to announce Michelle Reines as its new executive director beginning August 1, 2019.
Michelle has spent many years developing programs and administering contracts for IFPS and reunification services, as well as other related prevention and early intervention programs. She also served as Vice Chair on the NFPN Board of Directors in 2015/2016.
Michelle was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Florida International University in 2000 and spent several years working in south Florida, most notably at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. Michelle and her family (husband, daughter and assorted pets) moved to North Carolina in 2006. For the last couple years, Michelle has served as the foster home licensing manager for the NC Division of Social Services in the Asheville area. Although she has experience in several fields, Michelle is most passionate about preserving families and helping children avoid foster care.
Michelle is excited to take on the opportunities and challenges that her new role with NFPN will provide. In the near future, she will be facilitating updates to many of the resources offered by NFPN. Michelle also hopes to expand NFPN’s services and its presence both nationally and internationally. She looks forward to developing relationships with the many stakeholders that make up this valuable network!
Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director