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Do You Bring Out the Best?

Posted by Danielle Ritacco on Feb 25, 2016 3:39:00 PM

My daughter recently competed in an oratorical competition titled “How my best brings out the best in others”.  As I watched her list out traits she thought influenced others to be their best and listen to her practice her speech, I thought “What is my best”?   Am I doing my best to bring out the best, the “talent”, in my family, my friends, even my co-workers?  How do my actions influence those I work with?

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Topics: Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools

What Makes Good Projects Go Bad?

Posted by Jasmine Brooks on Feb 24, 2016 1:10:16 PM

No one wants their project to fail or go over budget however, this is a common occurrence due, in part, to poor planning at the onset of the project planning process.  Identifying the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How are the first steps to creating a successful Project Team and Project Plan. Taking the time to ensure that you pick the right team, ensure that your team has the appropriate knowledge, providing a clear communication process and timelines will certainly put your project on the right path.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Child Abuse - Is There No End?

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 23, 2016 3:20:36 PM

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WHEN CLOUDS FORM

In 2013 this blog reported on the meltdown in service at the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Similar signs of meltdown are beginning to gather in Child Protective Services. IN general – our team has been communicating what our clients have been telling us for years and why they moved to FAMCare.  We’ve talked about problems in child welfare and CPS in the states of Florida, Georgia, California and Texas.  Case Worker colleagues report crushing workloads, fear-based management, impossible expectations, and stress levels that are sending case workers out on medical leave at an alarming rate.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Government, Adoption

Walking in the Case Workers' Shoes

Posted by Steve Grover on Feb 18, 2016 4:59:36 PM

As many of you know, if you’ve been following my other posts, I have a passion for customers we serve because of my experience growing up as the son of house parents.  They can’t call them that any more, and no one actually lives in the same residence as the clients.  Times have really changed.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Social Services Industry News, Foster Care, Adoption

Helpful Tips to Get Your Helpdesk Ticket Resolved Faster

Posted by Angelo Taylor on Feb 17, 2016 3:12:49 PM

It can certainly be frustrating to submit a helpdesk ticket and wait, for what feels like an eternity, for a resolution.  You may wonder, “Why am I not getting a response?  What is taking so long?”  You may also be asking yourself, “Did I provide enough information?”

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

ADVOCACY - Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015 (S.2173/H.R. 3712)

As you may have noticed, I have diligently avoided politics in this blog.  Every now and then, however, a social or professional issue wanders into the arena of politics, and I cannot completely ignore the issue.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Blog Discusses LGBTQ Youth and Law Enforcement Responses

Posted by Julia Kurtz on Feb 11, 2016 11:21:44 AM

This just in from our friends at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:

The OJP Diagnostic Center has posted a blog from Dr. Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute discussing the OJJDP-funded report “Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex.”

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Special Reports, Government

Why Reinvent The Wheel If There’s A Wheel That Will Already Work?

Posted by April Freund on Feb 10, 2016 4:36:42 PM

The software industry is still a relatively “young” industry- think car manufacturing, steel manufacturing etc. begun more than a hundred years ago versus software starting in the 50’s but only becoming widespread in the late 80’s/early 90's. There is also the creative side of software design that enters the picture. Because of this there are many temptations to have a homegrown system built just for your organization.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Special Reports, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

Up the Creek Without a Paddle

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 9, 2016 4:45:52 PM

What would a PC be without Windows? Back in the day I purchased a high powered laptop from an Internet dealer that was shipped without Windows preloaded. I removed the gleaming new machine from the box and immediately had one of those moments when you thought you knew where you were going, but suddenly realized you were lost. Here was the latest computer with the most robust memory and the fastest processor on the market, and I had no idea how to use it. I didn’t even know how to turn it on, let alone put it to work.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Fundraising Ideas, Technology Speak

Visions Server Upgrade 26 is Here!

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 9, 2016 8:46:26 AM
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Topics: Software Upgrade Notices

The Key to a Successful Nonprofit Fundraiser

Posted by Julia Kurtz on Feb 4, 2016 4:49:05 PM

So, you’re planning a fundraiser for your nonprofit.

The cause? Check. The enthusiasm? Check. The planning……….

The key to a successful nonprofit fundraiser: proper planning. If you're not familiar with planning events, you might need some help deciding where or how to start. I would say no matter how big or small the event you should start planning AT LEAST 6 months, if not a year out from the event. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Fundraising Ideas, FAMCare Tips and Tools

Turning Challenges into Solutions

Posted by Kevin Morin on Feb 3, 2016 10:55:16 AM

One of the core principles at Global Vision Technologies is “solving the unsolvable.” As the Director of Infrastructure at GVT, I help manage our infrastructure systems, such as our data hosting facilities. There are many times when we’re faced with that “unsolvable” challenge, and I love the opportunity to tackle it.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Technology Speak

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 2, 2016 1:39:02 PM

Social workers report that the rate of PTSD among veterans and active military personnel is significantly higher than in the general population. PTSD occurs when one branch of the nervous system generates massive amounts of survival (fight or flight) energy to meet a threat, only to find the threat so overwhelming that there’s no way to use this energy for self-protection.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues

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