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Shut up and Listen!

Posted by Dave Becker on Jul 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Having spent years working with troubled youth, I have learned one tool that is both the most useful and the most difficult thing to learn when helping kids: “Shut up and Listen”. Bill Engvall has a stand-up comedy act where his catch phase is “I should have just shut up”.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools

Tips for Stress Balance

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

These days, we all live in a high or higher stress environment, work, home, kids and life all add to your stress levels  According to socialworkers.org 80% of social workers believes stress is a major factor at work. 

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools

World Refugee Crisis

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM

An Interview with Caroline Diehl

In May, the Kenyan government decided to close the world’s largest refugee camp. Kenyan military intelligence reported that the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, had used the camp to launch attacks against the Westgate Mall and Garissa University College. The Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camp complex, home to over 340,000 refugees, covers over 50 kilometers and is the third largest “city” in Kenya, after Nairobi and Mombasa. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Prevention is the Best Cure

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 19, 2016 3:25:36 PM

The healthcare model in Western medicine centers around accurate diagnosis and effective cure. Over the last hundred years, innovations in pharmaceuticals, surgical techniques, and medical technology have positioned modern medicine at the forefront of Western scientific discovery. However, this legacy model of diagnosis and cure separates Western medical practitioners from the thousand-year-old traditions of their Eastern colleagues.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Social Services Industry News

Why FAMCare?

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Why FAMCare?

I've been at this now for over 15 years.  Believe it or not - often times, I still wake up in the morning thinking about the innovative ways we help and can be helping our clients. 

Today, more than ever it does seem like there are more companies popping up that offer software for caseworkers.  So, what it is that makes FAMCare different.  What is unique about our software?

Is it a fair statement to say that all that matters IS the software?  Is the product all that really matters when making a buying decision or investing in a software solution like FAMCare?

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Topics: FAMCare

In Great Company

Posted by April Freund on Jul 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As a software vendor in the Health and Human Services arena it’s inspiring to be partnered with agencies that work tirelessly to help others.

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Topics: FAMCare, Foster Care, Child Welfare

Should your agency move to case management software?  Yes, and here's why

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 13, 2016 1:48:46 PM

We've heard a lot about technology and how it's changing our lives. Every day a new invention that can "make our lives better" seems to come out — who would have thought we were going to be living like the Jetsons?  

How has the smart phone improved your productivity?  Who would have thought that in 2016 most of us would be carrying around a very, very powerful computer in our pockets that in an instant can give us any piece of information we're looking for - on demand?

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

The VA Healthcare System - A Progress Report

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 13, 2016 12:09:14 PM

History

Back in March of 2014 the FAMCare blog reported on a controversy that erupted within the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.  VA employees had reported that patients were dying while awaiting appointments and that administrators were issuing phony wait-time data while collecting bonuses. This local scandal led to inquiries across the nationwide VA Healthcare System revealing untimely care, false data, and problems with transparency, whistle-blower retaliation, and accountability throughout the system.

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Topics: Government, Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues

SARCOA Selects FAMCare Case Management Software to Help Deliver Services and Track Outcomes

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 11, 2016 10:42:07 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 11, 2016 St. Louis, MO – SARCOA, (Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging), an Area Agency on Aging serving the seniors of Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties of southeast Alabama has partnered with Global Vision Technologies, Inc. (GVT) to implement FAMCare human services software.

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Topics: FAMCare, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Come Visit Us At Booth 102 - Foster Families Treatment Association Conference (FFTA)

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 11, 2016 10:29:48 AM

Hello!  We're happy to be exhibiting and running a workshop at this year's FFTA conference in the Big Easy, New Orleans!  Learn about how we're helping foster care agencies improve data collection, security and reporting.  Gifts for all who stop by and say hello!

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Topics: Foster Care, FAMCare

10 Ways to Win With FAMCare Pathways

Posted by Dave Becker on Jul 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Since rolling out the Pathways module a few years ago – the tool has proven to help agencies take on some of their own form, reporting and workflow development.  During that time,  I have been intimately involved in training hundreds of users on Pathways and discussions with focus groups on how to improve the software.  We've had a lot of very positive feedback on Pathways.  Great stories of triumph have been shared by those who have used the tool to basically build their entire set of specific case management data collection forms and workflow.

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Topics: Pathways, FAMCare

5 Common Project Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted by Jasmine Brooks on Jul 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM
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Oftentimes factors and behaviors common in successful projects are coached and practiced.  However, it’s relatively easy to harbor several of the negative attitudes and behaviors that can hinder the progress of projects.  

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Topics: Implementation Plans, FAMCare Tips and Tools

GVT to Present at FFTA Conference on July 11, 2016

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 6, 2016 1:24:18 PM

Global Vision Technologies, the team behind FAMCare is excited to be a presenter at the FFTA conference next week in New Orleans.

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Topics: FAMCare, Global Vision Technologies, Foster Care

A Creative Partnershp - Black Girls Code and Google

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This blog always seeks to celebrate exceptional contributions made by dedicated social workers and non-profit agencies. Non Profit Quarterly recently reported on a unique For-profit/Non-profit partnership that is tackling particularly thorny social problems in a creative way. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

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