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August 16, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
Safety is one of our primary goals in child welfare, but knowing whether a situation is concerning enough to require action can be a challenge. Further complicating the worker’s decision to require an in-home safety plan or remove a child from his/her parents is the timing of the incident in questio…
August 9, 2017 | NCCD
At first glance, the decision-support assessment tools that make up NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system may look like needless paperwork—one more time-demanding task in a busy caseworker’s day. Julie Davis, MSSW, knows otherwise. A former child welfare social worker, Julie now has a deep…
August 9, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
One of the keys to an effective child protection system is the ability to consistently determine which reports rise to the level of needing a child protection response. Just as important is the ability to not respond to concerns that do not rise to that level. This screening decision is challenging,…
July 26, 2017 | Phil Decter, Interim Director of Child Welfare
Eight years ago, I left my home in Boston on a plane bound for San Diego, California. I had worked as a social worker with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings for almost 20 years. I trained and coached social workers for more than 10 of those years. I did many other types of work…
July 10, 2017 | NCCD
Two weeks ago we introduced you to our new internship program that aims to expose young people of color in Madison, Wisconsin, to career opportunities at both NCCD and nonprofits in general. The interns spent the first two weeks of their six-week internship with NCCD’s communications and development…
July 7, 2017 | Kathy Park, NCCD CEO
The June 23 ruling by a federal judge is the push Wisconsin needs to catch up with the national movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement for youth. In asking for quick and substantial changes at Wisconsin’s juvenile correctional facility, US District Judge James Peterson alluded to rese…
June 26, 2017 | Julie Halverson, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, NCCD
Our brains receive massive amounts of data every day. With information coming from news outlets, social media, friends and colleagues, how can anyone possibly remember what they see and hear? The answer: stories. Storytelling may sound a bit folksy to be compatible with using data, but brain science…
June 19, 2017 | NCCD
We published the final post in our diversity and inclusivity blog series last week, yet NCCD’s work on this important topic continues to grow. Today we want to tell you about another aspect of that work: our “school-to-nonprofit pipeline” internship. We welcome two interns to NCCD this week. Both yo…
June 19, 2017 | Kathy Park, NCCD CEO
Kathy Park
An op-ed by NCCD CEO Kathy Park was published today in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. In "To Fix the Justice System, Go Outside," Park argues that we should look to community solutions to solve criminal justice problems. She suggests that supporting successful direct-service programs, wh…
June 12, 2017 | Kathy Park, NCCD CEO
Kathy Park
As we wrap up this blog series, I’d like to share lessons learned so far in the process of NCCD’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. I expect to add to this list—and look forward to it! Be intentional and honest about what you see “in the mirror.” As a leader, you do yourself a disservice by avoidi…