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January 2017

Moral Injury and Child Welfare

By | 2017-01-04T15:40:35+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest blog post written by Erin Sugrue, MPP, MSW, LICSW, and Wendy Haight, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. The Case of Brandon 12-year-old Brandon was receiving counseling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following his placement in foster care. Brandon’s parents [...]

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March 2016

Long-Lost Links – Searching for Permanency Options for Children

By | 2016-12-01T19:32:51+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Guest blogger: Kayla Hinrichs In the December 2015 article “Detectives unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption,” reporter Erin Adler from the Star Tribune highlights a semi-recent phenomenon that expands resources for social workers searching for permanency and supportive caregivers for children within the child welfare system. This article discusses how social media and other [...]

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August 2015

Safety in the Workplace

By | 2016-12-01T19:32:54+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Categories: Featured@CASCW|Tags: , , , |

In the wake of the tragic death of Vermont child protection worker Lara Sobel, CASCW would like to take a moment to discuss workplace safety and the implications of secondary traumatic stress for workers and their supervisors in the field. The field of social work can be challenging and can impact us emotionally and physically. [...]

February 2015

A student’s reflection on child welfare education, workforce training, and the power differential between worker and parent

By | 2016-12-01T19:32:58+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , , , , |

MSW IV-E students who are currently in a field placement journal about their experiences, perspectives, new learning, and awareness in their field work. Below, one of our current students reflected this week on the value of her experience and training within the IV-E program and her awareness of the power and influence child protection workers [...]

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Guest Post: Letter to the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children from Dr. Anne Gearity

By | 2016-12-01T19:32:58+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Editor's Note: Dr. Anne Gearity sent a letter to the Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children on January 30, 2015, in which she urged the Task Force to consider the impact of trauma on children as the Task Force develops their final recommendations to the legislature. In her letter, Dr. Gearity includes several [...]

March 2014

How a Ban on ‘Conversion Therapy’ Could Impact Minnesota’s LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:03+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Categories: Child Welfare Policy|Tags: , , , |

Source: Northfield Patch It was 1973 when homosexuality was de-classified as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and since then it has become accepted by most professionals in the mental health community that homsexuality is neither a disease nor a conscious choice that a person can alter. However, [...]

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February 2014

Minnesota’s foster care re-entry rate is a complex issue

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:03+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Categories: Child Welfare Policy, Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , , , |

Source: MN DHS Child Welfare Continuous Improvement Brief 1 A little over a week ago this Star Tribune article reported that Minnesota's high foster care re-entry rate may cause the state to incur a large federal financial penalty for failing to meet the national standard. According to the article, the national standard is 9.9 percent while Minnesota [...]

October 2013

Going to extreme measures to find adoptive families for youth in foster care

By | 2016-12-01T19:33:05+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Categories: Stability, Permanency, and Adoption|Tags: , , , |

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis, Missouri got inspired by the show Extreme Makeovers and thought, why not "extreme recruitment" for youth in foster care? Thus, Extreme Recruitment was created. In Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a house is build in a week through the efforts of professionals and volunteers working together to [...]

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