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September 7, 2018 | NCCD
As a longtime youth worker, Ryan Berg knows about health disparities among marginalized youth. As an award-winning author, Berg also knows how to tell a story. During the month of September, NCCD is honored to share “Caridad’s Journey,” Berg’s essay about reconnecting with an individual he worked wi…
September 7, 2018 | Ryan Berg
The dissolution of Caridad’s life began just as things were beginning to come together. After struggling in foster care and to find stability in New York City, she moved to Florida, then Louisiana, before settling in Seattle. With her 3-year-old daughter in tow, Caridad pursued a college degree, reb…
August 30, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Eduardo, Dario, Jevona, and Grace
NCCD tried something new this year: We invited young people to review the youth media category for our annual Media for a Just Society Awards. The reviewers expressed both surprise and awareness as they discussed the media pieces vying for the award in that category. And despite their varying knowle…
August 23, 2018 | Yuhe Gu
Child welfare is a commonly discussed topic with few people understanding it. I became a summer research intern at NCCD to strengthen my research skills as well as my interest in working with child-related issues, especially education. Before I started my internship at NCCD, my understandings of…
August 15, 2018 | Rachel Polivka
Being a research intern for NCCD has been a great experience thus far, giving me a new perspective of the systems that serve people in our society. Most projects I have worked on have dealt with the child welfare system and the programs and curricula that are in place to reform it. The Structured De…
August 8, 2018 | Grace Li
On Thursday at the Legal Studies 654: Criminal Justice Field Observation seminar, 50-some summer interns reflected on their internship experiences in various criminal justice agencies. Inevitably, the topic of post-graduation plans came up. On the one hand, it seemed like nearly everyone had a remar…
August 1, 2018 | Eduardo Castillo
NCCD staff role playing at a diversity and inclusion training
Talking about race is hard. It can make people uncomfortable and defensive. This summer, as the administrative intern at NCCD, I was lucky enough to be part of a training seminar about the history of racism in the United States and how to have difficult conversations surrounding race. During the wee…
August 1, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
With summer internship season winding down, NCCD is recognizing the students who have brought energy and fresh perspective to our work over the last several months. For the second summer in a row, NCCD partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to bring high school students into our Madis…
July 11, 2018 | Jess Haven
Dictionaries
“Shared language” is a topic NCCD touches on a lot in our work with the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system. As we begin collaborating with an agency or jurisdiction at the start of an SDM® project, we talk about how important it is to agree on shared language throughout the process. We aim to…
June 27, 2018 | Kama Chase
Not long ago, Arizona Adult Protective Services (APS) recognized the need for practice change due to inconsistencies in services across their six districts. Vulnerable adults were not receiving the same quality of services from one area to another for a variety of reasons, including investigators s…