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The Need for Foster Care Software Solutions

Posted by GVT Admin on May 2, 2023 9:47:44 AM

According to recent estimates, over 600,000 American children have recently been placed in foster care. Children who have been abused, neglected, or displaced rely on American social services agencies to help them find a safe home when their families can't.

This makes foster care one of the most challenging sectors for case managers. From compliance challenges to an ever-increasing workload and dealing with the most vulnerable of society, foster care agencies are an integral part of America's safety net.  

Fortunately, there are case management solutions available to help foster care agencies with their work. If you're not sure why your agency requires a software solution, consider just a few of the benefits we are highlighting below.

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Topics: Foster Care, nonprofit software solutions

Public Health Bulletin

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 26, 2023 10:45:00 AM

NARCAN® Nasal Spray has been approved by the FDA as an over-the-counter treatment. 

In February this blog reported on the public health crisis of opioid addiction and the dramatic spike in sudden deaths by overdose caused primarily by the widespread use of synthetic fentanyl.

FAMCare Blog - February 7, 2023

Opioid addiction is here to stay,” said a social work professor we interviewed. “However, we do have treatment for this particular addiction. But as long as we turn away from the horrors of this widespread addiction and choose to remain in denial, we will not make a concerted effort to widely administer treatment. The pharmaceutical industry has already created both long term treatments and emergency life-saving medications that are simply not being administered on a wide enough scale. I believe that a nationwide effort to make these medications available to anyone trapped in this particular substance abuse disorder should be a number-one priority for the social work profession at large.”

Drug overdose persists as a major public health issue in the United States, with more than 101,750 reported fatal overdoses occurring in the 12-month period ending in October 2022, primarily driven by synthetic opioids like illicit fentanyl. 

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Topics: Special Reports, mental health

Zero Hunger/Zero Waste

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 25, 2023 12:54:43 PM


As we reported earlier this year, few Americans know that hunger has become a serious social problem in the U. S. We tend to think of countries in drought plagued Africa or the war-torn Middle East as places where children suffer malnutrition and die of starvation. However, food insecurity and nutritional depravation continue to haunt Americans in urban pockets of poverty and remote rural regions across our country.

The latest government statistics report that approximately one in five adults reported experiencing household food insecurity at the end of 2022. High food price inflation, along with elevated costs for other basic needs, such as transportation and rent, have likely eroded food budgets in the last year, and some of the safety net responses that buffered food insecurity in 2021 are no longer in place. In addition, 35% (229 million tons) of all food produced in the U.S. every year goes unsold or uneaten and is thrown away while nearly 42 million Americans – one in eight – struggle with hunger.

In our last report on hunger in America we highlighted the role of nonprofits and social service agencies in the battle against food depravation. This week we would like to shine a light on one “for-profit” company that is making an amazing contribution to the fight against hunger in America.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

World Refugee Status Our Annual Report

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 19, 2023 4:28:57 PM

Client agencies that labor largely out of public view on behalf of the world's refugees annually share stats with this blog that astound us every year. Americans live in a civilization ordered by the rule of law. Unless we take the time to look outside our society, we rarely notice the civil disorder that plaques millions of our fellow humans.

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Topics: immigration, social issues

The Need for Transparency in Non-Profit Agencies

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 17, 2023 11:06:33 AM

Transparency in a non-profit can entail disclosing to supporters, the public, and the government, the internal operations, board composition, impact, and financials of your agency.  You're telling a story that demonstrates the positive effect your efforts are having for your clients.  A story that is supported by vital statistics.  These vital statistics or reporting is essential for the funding and continued support of your agency. 

Non-profit agencies have become more conscious of their practices and reporting to avoid improprieties, financial or otherwise.  Understanding requirements for transparency and creating a culture built around this, will help your non-profit agency navigate smoother and with more profitably.   
For these reasons let's look at non-profit transparency and its importance to the social service sector.

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Topics: nonprofit sustainability, nonprofit management

The Impact of Technology on Workforce Development in the United States

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 12, 2023 1:33:14 PM

Technology is transforming American and global industries at a rapid pace. According to a 2018 report, digitization and technology were expected to create over 58 million jobs by 2022. Based on the evidence, the prediction appears to be correct.

Because of the quick adoption of technology in various industries, workforce development has also advanced. The US may have the highest prevalence of technology influencing workforce development worldwide.

Both corporations and social service organizations want their employees to be ready for the challenges and opportunities that accompany new technology adaptation. Let's look at where we can see the effects of technology in workforce development and focus on the benefits for the non-profit sector. 

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Topics: Technology Speak, Nonprofit General

Artificial Intelligence

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 11, 2023 10:34:16 AM

With the introduction of Chatbot/GPT to the public, artificial intelligence, like every other technology introduced since the beginning of the 20th century, is making some people nervous.

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Topics: Technology Speak, social workers

Important Tips for New Case Managers

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 5, 2023 11:53:23 AM

The American social service sector employs over 680,000 caseworkers. As the industry expands, record numbers of new caseworkers join the ranks. There will always be a learning curve, but in an industry, that's experiencing large numbers of job burnout and turnover, tips for newcomers can be a lifesaver. Let's share some diehard tips for the newbie case managers and a refresher for our brilliant veterans.  

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Topics: social workers, case manager stress relief

Economic Boom a Bust for Many

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 4, 2023 9:43:11 AM

Fueled by a long-running housing shortage, rising rent prices, and the economic hangover from the pandemic, the overall number of homeless in a federal government report to be released in coming months is expected to be higher than the 580,000 unhoused before the coronavirus outbreak.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

Person-Centered Care

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 29, 2023 12:03:30 PM

Traditional mental health settings assign sole treatment authority to the therapist reducing patients to a classified diagnosis followed by the indicated treatment. Traditionally, after reviewing the case history and a brief initial interview, patients are assigned a diagnosis and “told what is good for them.” The caseworker retains total authority over the patient’s treatment plan usually focused on symptom reduction. Case notes are kept confidential even from the patients themselves. Providers feel pressure to document primarily for billing purposes and must submit notes within 24 hours for Medicaid reimbursement. There is little time allotted for consulting with patients to illicit their input on their treatment plan.

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Topics: mental health

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