The FAMCare Blog

Where There's a Will - There's a Way

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 24, 2024 9:32:47 AM

To better understand the challenges facing caseworkers immersed in the struggle to protect children, this week we interviewed a Child and Family Care caseworker we have been acquainted with for many years. We wanted to offer a deeply personal insight into the world that these caseworkers inhabit. Our generous contributor this week has been a child and family care caseworker in Chicago for 21 years.

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Topics: caseworkers, Family and Child Welfare

Both Sides Weigh In

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 1, 2023 10:30:00 AM

Last week's discussion about the burnout rate of the young, well-intentioned social workers who choose Child Welfare as their area of interest excited feedback from all corners of the non-profit world. Both the CPS workers and the agencies had plenty to say in a follow-up article by Sue Coyle in Social Work Today.

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Topics: social workers, Family and Child Welfare

When Your Heart's in the Right Place

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 25, 2023 10:33:12 AM

Young social work graduates attracted to child protective services love children and want to do all they can to protect them from harm. These new professionals are usually gentle, kindly, empathetic souls who are either grateful for a wonderful, wholesome upbringing or identify with child abuse from their own negative childhood experience. Either way, they relate to children beyond the norm and are eager to help in any way they can. Many of them begin their careers as case workers in Child Protective Services.

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Topics: Family and Child Welfare

Building Stronger Families: Case Management Software in Child Welfare and Foster Care

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 25, 2023 10:30:00 AM

In American child welfare and foster care, the overarching goal is clear: to build stronger families and provide children with safe, nurturing environments where they can thrive.

Achieving this goal requires a multifaceted approach, and case management software is playing a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of these critical services in the United States.

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Topics: Adoption, Family and Child Welfare

How Cloud Based Child and Family Case Management Can Improve Services

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 4, 2023 11:30:00 AM

Child and family case management plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of vulnerable children and families. With the advancements in technology, leveraging cloud technology in the social sector has become increasingly prevalent in the field.

This article explores how child and family case management can harness the power of the cloud to enhance community service. By utilizing specialized software, such as child and family case management software or child welfare software, organizations can streamline processes, improve data management, enhance collaboration, and ultimately deliver more effective and efficient services to the community.

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Topics: Family and Child Welfare

Kristi House

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 28, 2023 10:30:00 AM

At a recent Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas, a “resto-mod” was auctioned off for the benefit of Kristi House in Miami, Florida. We immediately put out an inquiry to our readers for more information about Kristi House and were deluged with responses.

They informed us that Kristi House is the state-designated Children’s Advocacy Center responsible for coordinating all child sexual abuse cases in Miami-Dade County working with its partner agencies. Kristi House was named in honor of a nine-year-old girl who was impregnated by her stepfather and had no idea how to seek help or even tell her story. Her pregnancy, however, brought her attention, and she got the help she needed while, at the same time, inspiring social workers to establish a Child Advocacy Center in her name.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Family and Child Welfare

Speak Up and Be Safe

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 9, 2023 10:45:00 AM

Educators, who are some of the likeliest professionals to report child abuse, are encountering youth who have faced abuse in isolation throughout the pandemic. During 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits among adolescents aged 12-17 years increased 31% compared to 2019. Suspected suicide attempt ED visits were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12-17 (CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 6/18/21). These stats indicate an increase in child abuse as children were confined to the home during the pandemic.

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Topics: Child Welfare, education, Family and Child Welfare

Every Child's Hope From Oliver Twist to Doctor Spock

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 10, 2022 11:49:17 AM

The history of the social work profession is the remarkable story of caring people responding to the evolving needs of societies marginalized. Since the first social work class was offered in the summer of 1898 at Columbia University, social workers have led the way developing private and charitable organizations to serve people in need.

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Topics: Case Studies, FAMCare, Family and Child Welfare

Causes and Types of Domestic Violence – What You Need to Know

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 7, 2022 12:45:00 PM

Victims' of domestic violence are frequently traumatized and perplexed, believing there is no way out of their predicament. However, many survivors have difficulty recognizing the abuse. Understanding and recognizing the various types of domestic violence is essential for leaving an abusive environment.

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Topics: Family and Child Welfare, Victim Services

What Are the Mental Health Consequences of Foster Care?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 9, 2022 1:30:00 PM

Foster children face numerous difficulties. The overwhelming thought of removing them from their homes is stressful, but for many young people entering the social security system, this is only the beginning.

As a result of the violence, many children have been forced to flee their homes. Most are forced to adjust to constantly changing settings because they are moved from one home to another.

Staying in a foster care facility is difficult in any situation and can have serious consequences for a child's behavioral and mental health. To promote foster children's safety and mental health, it is critical to understand what they face on a daily basis and the dangers they face.

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Topics: Foster Care, Family and Child Welfare

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