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May 15, 2013 | Dr. William Bell, President and CEO, Casey Family Programs
NCCD Board of Directors member Dr. William Bell became president and CEO of Casey Family Programs (CFP) in January 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in the human services field, he chairs the CFP executive team and is ultimately responsible for the vision, mission, strategies, and objectiv…
May 1, 2013 | Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator, NCCD
This May, NCCD, along with thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation, will observe National Foster Care Month. Join us as we honor the ongoing contributions of foster parents, volunteers, educators, researchers, policymakers, social workers, and other leaders who work to improve o…
April 30, 2013 | Tracey Feild, Director of the Child Welfare Strategy Group, Center for Systems Innovations of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Tracey Feild is director of the Child Welfare Strategy Group, a unit within the Center for Systems Innovations of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.      Transforming a child welfare system is often a collaborative effort, involving motivated, future-oriented state systems and a variety of consultants a…
April 18, 2013 | Karen Martin
I had just finished a coaching session in California when a child protection social worker, whom I will call Michelle, struck up a conversation with me. She recently transferred to a program called permanent placement, where she works with children and youth in long-term foster care. These children…
April 16, 2013 | Rob Sawyer, Child Welfare Consultant, National Resource Center for In-Home Services
Rob Sawyer, MSW, LICSW, is a Child Welfare Consultant with the National Resource Center for In-Home Services. He worked in the Minnesota Child Welfare System from 1978–2009. He led the implementation of a number of child welfare and child mental health reforms including differential response in chil…
April 15, 2013 | Debra Illingworth Greene, Editor, NCCD
The numbers are daunting: 676,569 children in the United States were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2011 according to the Children’s Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services.1 It can be difficult to grasp the reality of those numbers. It may help to think about the statistic d…
April 1, 2013 | Dr. Vicky Kelly, Director, Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families
Dr. Vicky Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Child Mental Health. Prior to public service, she served as the clinical direc…
April 1, 2013 | Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD
At the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC), we have been working over the past several years to integrate Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments for child protection into a comprehensive practice framework. In 2011, we found a strong partner for this work in the State of Delaware. Our colla…
February 8, 2013 | Philip Decter, Associate Director, NCCD
The 7-year-old boy would not stop moving. He leaped from couch to chair, then somersaulted across the rug and back again like a circus performer—laughing while showing off his skills. I smiled, aware of how much I enjoyed working with children but also clear that my task was going to be challenging!…
January 15, 2013 | Susan Gramling, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
For the vast majority of kids in the US, school is a healthy, stable event in their every-day lives. Consistent school attendance allows children the opportunity to learn and socialize with their peers. Until now, children in foster care or the juvenile justice system were often denied that opportun…