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October 11, 2017 | By Jenny Phillips
More than any other medium, documentary film has the capacity to open hearts and change minds. We came to realize this through our previous film, The Dhamma Brothers, the story of a group of prisoners inside a maximum-security prison in Alabama who embark on a deep spiritual journey. These heartfelt…
October 4, 2017 | NCCD
Media for a Just Society Awards
First, the good news: With the ever-expanding presence of online media, we have more news sources than ever with which to inform ourselves. The bad news: With the ever-expanding presence of online media, we have more news sources than ever with which to inform ourselves. Yes—more voices generally sh…
October 4, 2017 | Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor/Publisher, City Limits
Bronx DA Office
Three years ago, City Limits started an internship program for high school and college students (or young people of college age) from the Bronx. The program, launched with the help of the Simon Bolivar Foundation and supported now by the Pinkerton Foundation, had three goals: provide paid work exper…
September 27, 2017 | Phil Decter, Interim Director of Child Welfare
Nearly everywhere staff from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) go to work on child welfare system improvement, they hear the same question: “Who is doing child welfare work really well?” Workers and supervisors who want to know what good child welfare practice looks like ask this question. R…
September 13, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
When is it okay for the system to stop working with a family? How do we, as part of this system, decide that we have done all we can to make sure the family is functioning in a way that ensures child safety? This is one of the decision points in the life of a case that can be scary for workers. When…
September 6, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist
When I think about the reunification process and the ramifications of the decision to return a child to his or her home, I recall a case I had that involved a young girl who was sexually abused by her older brother. The girl, who lived with her mother and brother, disclosed that her brother sexually…
August 30, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
I think we struggle—as a system—with creating effective case plans with families. To be effective, case plans should incorporate action-oriented steps to help families make the changes necessary to ensure their children are safe. When I was a worker, every family’s case plan looked similar. Usually…
August 23, 2017 | Julie Davis, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
When deciding whether to open a child protection case, caseworkers have both their professional judgment and any tools their agencies provide to assist them. While a caseworker may feel strongly about a family’s need for services—or for the chance to improve a situation on their own, independent fr…
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…