Lauren Wethers Coggins
Lauren Wethers Coggins is a child welfare training professional for the Institute's Division of Implementation and Workforce Development. In her current role with the Center for Excellence in Resource Family Development, she facilitates evidence-based parenting skills and peer support groups, provides training to resource parents and families of origin focused on parenting partnership and reunification, as well as providing technical assistance and implementation support to stakeholders at targeted jurisdictions throughout the state of Maryland. Additionally, Lauren is a trainer for Basic LGBTQ+ Competency for Child Welfare Professionals and a facilitator of the AFFIRM cognitive behavioral interventions for caregivers and youth. She is a part of the professional consultant pool for the Institute's Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity and has done previous work with the Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for LGBTQ2S Children and Youth in Foster Care. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University.