About a year ago, President Trump signed the Family First Prevention Service Act into law. Social workers engaged in child and family care praised the legislation as the first “prevention” measure to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. The act emphasized the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed.
A new resource guide is available that helps to keep our teens and youth safe. If you'd like to grab a copy - you can get it here: https://www.staysafe.org/teens/
A resource for finding Federal grants to fund youth programs has been shared with our team. You can find information on the http://youth.gov website.
How we care for the most vulnerable among us is one of the great challenges of our time. As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” And social workers are hard-pressed to find one group in more dire need of urgent attention than children at risk of neglect or abuse.
Positive Tomorrows, an Oklahoma City non-profit, is opening a private school for homeless children that was designed by the kids themselves. That’s right. A private school for homeless (not privileged) children.
For those working in child services, an understanding of family situations is vital in being able to
help improve child welfare. Fortunately for those agencies, utilizing the right social services
software can help streamline processes and effectively “humanize” the various situations.
The goal is to always be improving child welfare through various services, responses and
interventions, and with the right social services software on your side, the tasks can become
easier to track and perhaps even more simple.
In the past twenty years, student debt has become a major social and political issue in our country. As government guaranteed student loans became more widely available, colleges began to raise their tuition rates to keep pace with the expansion boom that ready government financing created. More students required more professors and facilities to accommodate their needs, and colleges needed more money to pay for the growth. The result, of course, is that students borrowed more and more money to pay inflated tuition and fees and subsequently became burdened with overwhelming debt.
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.
Topics: Child Welfare
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.
Topics: Child Welfare