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May 8, 2018 | Debra Illingworth Greene
When I was young, celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with my family prompted the same question every year from my sister and me: “But when is kid’s day?” My parents’ answer was always the same: “Every day is kid’s day.” For someone growing up in a safe and stable home, like me, that really wa…
April 25, 2018 | Lucy Hodgman
Lucy Hodgman
As Taiwan prepares to implement Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments, NCCD staff have had some exciting work experiences there. I was delighted to accompany Raelene Freitag, NCCD’s manager of international and special projects, to Taipei in January 2018. Our task was to assist workgroups de…
March 27, 2018 | Chris Scharenbroch
Chris Scharenbroch
My wife and I are raising three young boys. They are already fantastic negotiators and have an arsenal of tactics to use when interested in staying out longer, getting us to spend money, or asking for treats. Their current go-to argument is, “This isn’t fair.” They claim that our parenting tolerance…
February 27, 2018 | Colleen Kerwin, NCCD
Colleen Kerwin
We think of risk as the likelihood of a particular event taking place. Insurance companies are concerned about your risk of experiencing a car accident; doctors want to know your risk of developing heart disease. At NCCD, we are interested in the risk of individuals reentering the child protection,…
January 30, 2018 | Karen Meulendyke
Karen Meulendyke
The District of Columbia Department of Human Services has been committed to protecting older and vulnerable adults since establishing its Adult Protective Services (APS) in 1985. However, in 2017, the agency stepped up its commitment by moving to the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system of resea…
January 16, 2018 | Jess Haven
Jess Haven
Not long after joining NCCD nearly a year ago, I had the opportunity to participate in my first onsite work visit: to observe colleagues delivering safety-organized practice training to child protection supervisors in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lifelong Midwesterner, it was my first time in the stat…
November 20, 2017 | Keith McQuirter
The United States imprisons its people at an unprecedented rate never seen in human history. It leads the world in the highest rates of incarceration, imprisoning a staggering 25% of the world’s prison population and creating what is currently known as mass incarceration. The battle cry has been sum…
November 15, 2017 | Isabelle Taft
Since the 1980s, the number of incarcerated Americans has exploded. During that time period, the number of incarcerated women has increased at a rate nearly double that of incarcerated men, making women the fastest-growing population in prison. Yet women remain largely hidden from view in public dis…
November 14, 2017 | Chris Scharenbroch
Chris Scharenbroch
When I was a kid growing up in the Midwest I learned about four oceans: the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast, the Pacific Ocean out by California, the Arctic Ocean in the frozen North, and the Indian Ocean on the other side of the world. This made sense because it helped orient me on a globe, but i…
November 3, 2017 | Kathy Park
Kathy Park
Expanding Wisconsin’s prisons is the wrong way to address the growing prison population. Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Jon Litscher is right about the need for relief, but increasing prison space—as he proposed in October—is a shortsighted and costly approach. Fortunately, DOC, our court…