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Predictive Risk Modeling

In a recent issue of Social Work Today, Kate Jackson reported this troubling statistic:

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April 19 ,2018

The Family First Prevention Services Act

Posted in Child Welfare | By: GVT Admin

The Family First Act has become law! This is a very big deal for our caseworker colleagues who work in teen pregnancy and parenting. It represents the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980.

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March 29 ,2018

Guide to Protecting Your Child on the Internet

Posted in Child Welfare | By: George Ritacco

Came across an interesting guide last week that I wanted to share with you. The Ultimate Parent Guide for Child Safety on the Internet is a concise guide with great tips on protecting our children from the dangers of the Internet and protecting their safety.  As a boy scout leader - we teach the scouts how to be aware of online predators and other people who try to get a hold of your private information.  The guide covers some of those things and more.

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March 26 ,2018

Child Abduction Response Team Training

Posted in Child Welfare | By: George Ritacco


The OJJDP-sponsored National Criminal Justice Training Center will hold Child Abduction Response Team Training: January 9–12, 2018 in Niceville, FL. 

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December 20 ,2017

Tips for Running a Successful Holiday Toy Drive for Needy Children

Case workers involved in health and human services are in a unique position to be aware of families in the communities struggling to make ends meet. During the holidays, things often become even more difficult for low-income families, and it’s very common for the children in these families to go without during the holiday season. Working in health/social services gives you an insider’s look at who can really use help, and you’re in the perfect position to run a holiday toy drive for needy children in your community. It’s fun, easy, and it won’t take a lot of your time, especially if you get people in your office, friends, and family members involved. Use these tips to run a successful holiday toy drive that makes a difference in the lives of needy children and families this year.

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December 06 ,2017

OJJDP Announces 2018 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

OJJDP invites fifth graders to participate in the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.

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November 28 ,2017

How to Prevent Child Abuse - Guide

Posted in Child Welfare | By: George Ritacco

Preventing child abuse can be difficult.  Often times we feel helpless against widespread abuse. The folks over at Denmon | Pearlman created a resource guide to help promote child abuse prevention. 

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November 27 ,2017

The TAO of Social Work

FEAR is the social worker’s most formidable enemy. Vulnerable people at risk are the social worker’s constituents, and vulnerable people at risk are, of course, full of fear. Persistent fear always morphs into anger setting up a self-destructive spiral in the vulnerable. Whether working with a population of addicts, immigrants, children at risk, or the elderly, helping clients overcome fear is the first job of the social worker.

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August 31 ,2017

Casey Foundation Seeks Grant Proposal for Trauma Response Program

The world as we know it has changed and continues to evolve in many ways which are not always positive.  It is sometimes filled with violence and trauma, as evidenced by the recent attacks in Manchester England, but there are things we can do to provide comfort and healing when these events occur.

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May 26 ,2017

OJJDP-funded Toolkit To Support Law Enforcement Responses to Children Exposed to Violence Released

Yesterday, the OJJDP-funded toolkit, developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center, was released in conjunction with Police Week.

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May 18 ,2017

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