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A Sacred Duty

Posted by GVT Admin on May 18, 2022 10:45:00 AM

As stated in Article 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

"Every child in conflict with the law has the right to be treated in a manner that takes into account “the desirability of promoting [his/her] reintegration and [his/her] assuming a constructive role in society.”

 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do, social issues

Where Have All the Flowers Gone...

Posted by GVT Admin on May 11, 2022 10:45:00 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to recede after killing 1,000,000 of our fellow citizens in two years, social workers who deal in public policy are asking the question, "How did our society let this deadly disease get so out of control and do so much damage?"

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Topics: social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic, social issues

How Structural Inequality Causes Homelessness

Posted by GVT Admin on May 2, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that more than half a million homeless people in the United States?

That figure is concerning in general, but it is even more so when you consider that the causes of homelessness are easily remediable. Many people mistakenly believe that homelessness is the result of a person's own personal failures in life. That could not be further from the truth, as there are numerous other structural issues that are directly responsible for homelessness in America.

Let's look at how structural inequality contributes to homelessness.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

The Effect of Covid-19 on Homelessness

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 31, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Covid-19 is still a hot topic in both the national and international media. The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has caused widespread panic and has had a significant impact on the global economy. The number of confirmed cases fluctuates as one variant runs its course until another new variant appears. Countries are taking drastic measures to try to control the virus's spread and subsequent variants. Millions of people have died as a result of the virus, and many more have been infected. The pandemic has forced businesses to close, disrupted global supply chains, and caused global stock markets to plummet. Economists are concerned that the economic upheaval will continue indefinitely.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, hunger in America, social issues

Caring for Caregivers

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 2, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Turnover in child welfare case workers has reached troubling proportions. In any profession, an annual turnover rate around 10% is considered healthy. In child welfare social work, the most recent annual turnover rate was reported at exceeding 22% in some states. When we asked child welfare case workers that we communicate with on a regular basis what they think the problem is, the consensus was clear.

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Topics: caseworkers, social workers, social issues

Child Welfare Workers...Managing for Outcomes

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 23, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The focus of social work has shifted from providing immediate support as a safety net to the vulnerable to striving for a better long-term outcome for each client. In child and family services, the mission no longer ends at removing an endangered child from a dysfunctional household but now extends to how a Child Welfare Agency might help the child grow into a productive member of society. In other words, what will be the ultimate outcome for the child?

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Topics: Child Welfare, social workers, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare, social issues

Hunger Plain and Simple

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 16, 2022 10:45:00 AM

A case worker who has worked her entire career feeding the hungry in America recently told us:

"When I was a girl and hesitated to eat my spinach, my eagled-eyed mother would notice and say, ' What about all the starving children in China? Think of them and be grateful you have enough to eat. Finish your spinach.' Like so many other middle-class Americans, I believed hungry children lived in China, India, or Africa, not in America. I believed that until I went into social work at the largest food bank in Pennsylvania. That opened my eyes.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, hunger in America, social issues

BENEVOLENT AGEISM "They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid"

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 9, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused social workers to take a closer look at their ingrained prejudices when dealing with the aged. Robert N. Butler coined the term “ageism" in 1969 to describe attitudes, practices, and policies that discriminate against older people. Ageism occurs when people face stereotypes, prejudice, or discrimination because of their age. The assumption that all older people are frail and helpless is a common, incorrect stereotype. Prejudice can consist of feelings such as “older people are unpleasant and difficult to deal with.” Discrimination is evident when older adults’ needs aren’t recognized and respected or when they’re treated less favorably than younger people. Social workers who work with the elderly are realizing that even in their minds age is “a category of difference” like race and gender, but unlike race and gender, age positions older adults as a homogenous group with similar needs.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, what social workers do, senior care, Covid-19, social issues

In Their Own Words Social Workers Reflect on the Pandemic's Fatal Blow

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 2, 2022 10:45:00 AM

(Excerpted from an article by Paul Moakley in Time Magazine, "Deaths Amoung America's Homeless Are Soaring in the Pandemic.  A Photographer Captures a Community In Crisis")

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, mental health, Pandemic, social issues

Happy New Year

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 5, 2022 1:17:33 PM

Turning the calendar page to welcome a "new" year is an ancient time-keeping practice. Celebrating a "new" year is still the perfect opportunity to pause and take stock of life's evolving circumstances and prepare our minds and hearts for the task at hand.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General, social issues

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