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Dr. Ali Caliendo is a prolific author, dynamic educator, and esteemed advocate in the field of kinship care and child welfare. Below is a comprehensive list of her published works, along with a selection of the training programs she has developed and delivered. This timeline also highlights the numerous awards and recognitions she has received for her outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to supporting families. Through her publications, presentations, and accolades, Dr. Caliendo continues to share her expertise and champion meaningful policy changes and support for families.

December 2022

“Preventing Foster Care or Shifting the Burden? The Urgent Need to Develop a Shared Understanding of Nonparental Family Types and the Child Welfare Systems Role in Kinship Family Formation”
 Big Ideas 2023 Published by First Focus on Children

November 2022

Citizen of the Month

City of Las Vegas, NV

2021

Family Advocacy Champion Award

from Voice for Adoption

September 2021

September 2021

Channel 3 Superhero Thursday

How Foster Kinship Helps Families

September 2021

CASA of the Month

from Las Vegas CASA

August 2021

August 2021

“Support for Kin: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic”
Fostering Families Today

August 2021

America First Credit Union “Give Back” Winner

from Channel 13

July 2021

“Advocating for Community Support: Learn How to Connect Your Story to a Larger Narrative and Turn Passion into Action”
NFPA Conference

April 2021

2019

Champion for Change Award

from North American Council on Adoptable Children [NACAC]

2019

Community Service Award

from UNLVs Greenspun School of Urban Affairs

July 2019

“Supporting Kinship Care” NACAC Conference

April 2019

“Kinship Navigators 2.0”
CWLA Conference

October 2018

Fox5

Fox5 More Girl Scout Bronze Award Costume Drive for Foster Kinship

September 2018

Kinship Care Month

Clark County, NV Proclamation recognizing Foster Kinship and September as Kinship Care Month

July 2018

May 2018

“Supporting Kinship Caregivers”
KinCare Today

2017

Nevada Big Give Top Three Finalist

September 2017

Kinship Care Month

2017-2021 The state of Nevada recognizes September as Kinship Care Month

May 2017

“Building a Network of Resources for Kinship Caregivers” 
KinCare Today

May 2017

“Using Technology to Support Kinship Families”
Generations United Conference

March 2017

“Innovative Strategies Supporting Kinship Families”
CWLA Conference

2016

Nevada Big Give Top Three Finalist

Fall Semester 2016

“Building Sustainable Nonprofits” 
UNLV Masters Level Social Work Class

Summer Semester 2016

“The Intersection of Kinship Care and Child Welfare” 
UNLV Masters Level Social Work Class

September 2016

“Advocating for Children in Kinship Care”
Fostering Families Today

June 2016

“How Nonprofits can Fill the Gap in Child Welfare
National Foster Parent Association National Conference

2015

Nevada Big Give Top Three Finalist

2015

“Six Things New Kinship Caregivers Need to Know” 
The Kinship Parenting Toolbox, EMK Press

June 2015

2014

Nevada Big Give Top Three Finalist

January 2014

“Placement versus Licensure: The Dilemma for Formal Kinship Care
Fostering Families Today

2013

Nevada Big Give Top Three Finalist

2013

Raising Your Relative’s Kids: How To Find Help
Contributing consultant for 2nd Edition – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

November 2013

August 2013

Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Review Journal “Backpacks Boost Foster Children as School Nears”