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  • Washington, D.C., and the Local Child Welfare Professional

    Published: November 11, 2016
    This podcast features a conversation with Rafael Lopez, who was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in 2015 as the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Virtual Reality - The Next Stage of Caseworker Training

    Published: November 14, 2019
    The need for training continues across child welfare, but students and new caseworkers still can benefit from practicing the skills required for casework after their classroom sessions have ended. This episode discusses a virtual reality-based home visiting training currently being used by the university's B.S.W. students — Virtual Home Simulation (VHS) — which was developed by the University of Utah College of Social Work in partnership with the university's games and applications lab. While other online trainings exist, the developers of the VHS training point to the following features that set it apart from other simulation-based trainings.
  • Increasing the Impact of Community Organizations

    Published: October 11, 2019
    This episode is intended for those working with or for organizations looking to make a difference. It shares the insights and experiences of Families Forward Virginia, a nonprofit, prevention-focused organization. Since 2017, Families Forward Virginia and its network of local affiliates have provided statewide leadership and support for a multitude of Virginia programs through evidence-based and multigenerational strategies. Hear about how the organization develops open-minded and service-based relationships as well as provides tools, resources, and trainings.
  • Birth-Foster Parent Mentoring Teams

    Published: September 11, 2019
    'Birth-Foster Parent Mentoring Teams,' features a conversation with both birth and foster parent mentors and leaders, along with the 2018 California Social Worker of the Year. Together, the group describes the work toward changing the culture around foster care to support reunification by creating relationships and partnerships between birth and foster parents.
  • Five Steps for Stronger Child Welfare Workforce

    Published: August 14, 2019
    'Five Steps to a Stronger Child Welfare Workforce' explores the key components and requirements of a five-step process developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The process rose out of a 3-year effort to improve child protective services staff that was tested and evaluated through partnerships with Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services and Colorado’s Jefferson County Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Foster Care: A Path to Reunification – Part 1

    Published: March 15, 2019
    “Foster Care: A Path to Reunification – Part 1” shares an organization that aims to stabilize families by providing an array of neighborhood-based family and social services in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
  • Foster Care: A Path to Reunification – Part 2

    Published: April 12, 2019
    “Foster Care: A Path to Reunification – Part 2” shares an organization that aims to stabilize families by providing an array of neighborhood-based family and social services in San Diego County, California.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Adapting to Child Welfare Cases

    Published: December 17, 2018
    Transitioning or expanding a jurisdiction’s capability to adjudicate child welfare civil cases means courts must both prepare their judicial and court staff to handle a different type of civil case as well as to develop new or strengthen current relationships with caseworkers; practitioners; service providers; and, at times, other court systems.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Revising Your Children’s Code

    Published: January 18, 2019
    A Children’s Code authorizes a court to provide protection for children and potentially intervene for the general welfare of a child whose health, welfare, and safety are at risk. Children’s Codes provide definitions of abuse and neglect and contain laws pertaining to abuse and neglect reports and investigations.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Partnering With Tribal Social Services

    Published: February 15, 2019
    Child welfare and social services agencies must work in collaboration with juvenile and family courts. Both are responsible for protecting children and ensuring their safety, health, and well-being. Tribal courts may take their roles farther when working with their Tribe’s child welfare and social services departments by ensuring culturally competent services are provided to strengthen families and support reunification.