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Elections and Social Work - Now What?

Posted by Samantha Stephan on Nov 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The election is over and there are obviously mixed feelings across the board ranging from excitement about the future, devastation about the loss, to just a general level of uncertainty. We talked recently about how social workers can approach their clients during this uncertain time whether they are republicans, democrats, or undecideds. Staying impartial is critical and using the current situation to their advantage are keys to tackling the challenges we are seeing with helping clients. Social workers are able to dig deeper into underlying concerns, mental state, and the real needs of their clients, but what about social workers themselves?

Not only do we need to understand the effect politics has on the people social workers serve but we need to understand what affect is has on those providing these services. Everyone will handle this transition of power from President Obama to President Elect trump differently but the mission remains the same! There are still children and families in this country that need their help.

No matter what side of the political fence you fall on your clients are counting on you to show up! Unfortunately, you don’t get a day off from all the terrible things happening every day in our country to our most vulnerable population, children. That is a luxury not afforded to this field of work. No matter who the Commander in Chief is we still need you to show up and work towards improving our client’s lives and protecting children. Thanks for showing up when times are tough!

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Insider, Government, Fun Stuff

Monday Movies... a day late.  A "Thanks-for-Giving" event

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 22, 2016 11:32:07 AM

Good morning - this post comes to us from our friends at Move Mondays.  I have posted the article here in it's entirety.

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Topics: Insider, Fundraising Ideas

Thank You

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 22, 2016 11:10:45 AM

The world of Social Services is populated with “givers”. No sensible person seeks fame or fortune in social work, so every year at this time we give thanks for our colleagues who became social workers because of an inner impulse to help the less fortunate.

This Thanksgiving we would like to recognize, and especially thank, one very special group of these “givers” - the over 62 MILLION VOLUNTEERS who provide indispensable support for both community based and nonprofit social services across the entire country.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Insider, Fun Stuff

OData with Tableau - OData Video #3

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Check out this short video on how using the third party software tool - Tableau can enhance your data reporting and analysis efforts.  It's simple, clean and powerful with many graphing options at your disposal.

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Topics: Insider, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak

FAMCare Master Certification Class - November 2016 Feedback

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM


Congratulations to our recent graduates of the FAMCare / Visions Server Master Certification training course!  Thank you to Patrick Skelly of Randolph County North Carolina Dept of Social Services, Justin Chirco of Promesa Behavioral Health in California and Marc Dietrich of Wolverine Human Services in Michigan for attending the course!

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Topics: Insider, FAMCare Tips and Tools, Technology Speak, Implementation Plans, FAMCare, Visions Server Master Certification Training

October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month

Posted by Wendy McGrath on Oct 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

On September 30th, President Obama proclaimed October 2016 to be National Youth Justice Awareness Month. October 2016 is dedicated to prevention efforts that help to keep youth from entering juvenile and criminal justice systems. The observation also encourages communities to promote and participate in youth activities and programs to help youth reach their greatest expectations and maximize their talents.

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Topics: Insider, Government, FAMCare

A 10 Point Plan for Better Social Work

Posted by George Ritacco on Oct 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The following blog post was shared through the Social Care Network and I wanted to share it here with our readers.  This is a great post written by a social worker who has outlined a strategic 10 point plan for social workers.

In a recent blog, a social worker argued that we, as a profession, need to discuss solutions rather than just gripe about our problems. I’m not sure it’s fair to say we only complain – and our voices are rarely heard in the media or in government anyway. But since you’re asking, here’s my own list of proposed solutions for better social work:

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Insider, FAMCare, Nonprofit General

Tomorrow Isn't Promised to Anybody

Posted by Samantha Stephan on Oct 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As we wrap up the summer and shift to the cooler days of fall, I find myself taking part of an annual tradition…..the mental summer recap.

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Topics: Insider, Fun Stuff

Getting Data Out of Your System

Posted by Chris Freund on Oct 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As an administrator or Power User of your FAMCare system, you’ve got entry forms set up, you’ve set your pathways, you have a lot of data in your system that has been entered by your users, and now you need to get it out in a format that is useful and valuable!

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Topics: Insider, FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare

Disheartened and Disillusioned

Posted by George Ritacco on Oct 18, 2016 8:20:14 AM

This blog received an email in the past week from a social worker in Des Moines. We have reproduced it here in its original form.

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Topics: Foster Care, Insider, Government

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