Child Welfare Policy & News

Episode 31: Getting Proactive About Child Immigration

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

May 07, 2019

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes is Senior Vice President of Community Investment at Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan. She has a deep working knowledge of immigration policy issues, and a passion for finding systemic solutions to challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families.

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Two new bills would bolster child welfare workforce, help LGBTQ youth

Social Work Blog

Apr 16, 2019

Sen. Kaine (D-VA) introduces Child Welfare Workforce Support Act and Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act.

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Place the interests of children in foster care first

Knox News | USA Today Network

Apr 01, 2019

Two Tennessee bills would allow agencies to refuse to serve qualified families because of their faith, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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"Instant Family" shows challenges and joys of foster care, adoption

Social Workers Speak

Nov 14, 2018

The film covers all the stages foster parents go through. The honeymoon period when the children first come to a new home and revel in their new rooms and toys. The trauma and anger that can prompt children who are in foster care to act out and disrespect their foster parents. The issues that occur when parents foster and adopt children of different races or cultures. And the patience and love that is needed when new families are created through adoption.

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Childhood trauma brings its own health problems for foster families

Washington Post

Sep 01, 2018

With more than 430,000 kids in foster care in the United States and a decline in the number of available beds in licensed foster homes, the real reason for the shortage of foster parents may stem from a concerns about caring for a child who has been through severe trauma.

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Priest Sex Scandal: Social Work Experts Urge Patience with Survivors of Abuse

Social Workers Speak

Aug 23, 2018

It’s happened again—another revelation that priests have been abusing children and the Catholic church covered it up is being reported in the news. How should social workers address this issue?

The first thing social workers must do is take victims seriously.

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