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July 17, 2013 | Nate Williams
Last month, for the first time as a free man, I celebrated my daughter’s birthday with her. Zakiya is 21 years old, a beautiful and intelligent young woman. All of my family says she looks just like me, which makes me smile every time I hear it. Her birthday was on a Wednesday, but we spent five day…
July 12, 2013 | Hilary Runion, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Many young children in the United States have a mother in prison: Recent statistics suggest more than one million incarcerated individuals are parents to more than 2.7 million children. As a doctoral student, I am exploring the reentry process for the mothers of these young children—specifically, pl…
July 8, 2013 | Julie Poehlmann, PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Julie Poehlmann (right) and colleague Dr. Rebecca Schlafer with Alex, Sesame Street’s newest Muppet, who has an incarcerated father. When I was working as a psychologist in a children’s clinic in upstate New York in the late 1990s, I started receiving referrals to assess young children whose mot…
June 28, 2013 | Angela Noel, Senior Administrative Assistant, NCCD and Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD
The NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families is taking shape! Last month, 42 sessions were selected for the May 2014 conference. These sessions form four areas of concentration for participants to explore: working across systems, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education. We are particu…
June 19, 2013 | Peggy Ritchie, Senior Program Specialist, NCCD
For years, rape in prisons was swept under the carpet under the guise of consensual sex, gay sex, or a matter of prison culture. Historically, it took advocacy and human rights groups to stand up and say that in many cases this was rape. It is not that we as administrators had blind eyes; with any m…
June 4, 2013 | John A. Kaneb, Chairman, Board of Directors of HP Hood LLC
John A. Kaneb is the former Vice Chair of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HP Hood LLC. He is also President of The Catamount Companies and a partner in the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise. In addition to those intere…
May 24, 2013 | Karen Worthington, Consultant and Author
We're pleased to have Karen Worthington, JD, join us for another guest blog post focusing on girls in the foster care system. Karen is a consultant and author focusing on system-involved children. Her most recent work on girls in the child welfare system is Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girl…
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…