Dawn is a trained child welfare mediator accomplished at crafting reunification plans and open adoption agreements. She was at the forefront of the development and implementation of practice standards for training qualified mediators in the state of Massachusetts. Dawn is a former consultant to Casey Family Services/Annie E. Casey Foundation, having provided guidance on a permanency outcomes-focused approach to working with youth and families. She has trained and coached staff to promote the use of cooperative teaming approaches for child and youth permanence. In addition to her consulting work, Dawn is a child welfare caseworker focusing on goals of reunification, adoption and legal guardianship for youth receiving residential and intensive foster care interventions at Plummer Youth Promise. She has worked in the child welfare field for 18 years.