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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…
October 18, 2012 | Vanessa Patino Lydia and Debra Illingworth Greene, Editor, NCCD
This post by NCCD's Vanessa Patino Lydia and Debra Illingworth Greene is a guest entry for Reclaiming Futures' online blog. “Girls get judged too much—it’s OK for guys to get into trouble because they’re guys, but not for girls; this is not fair.” “The system didn’t realize that the whole family was…
September 25, 2012 | Raelene Freitag, Director of CRC and International Projects, NCCD
Insoo Kim Berg used a “miracle question” to help families develop hope for their futures, and to begin to see possible concrete steps to move them closer to their dreams. If we asked a “miracle question” about the child protection system, it would be something like this: “Imagine you wake up tomorro…
September 4, 2012 | Heather Haberman, Program Associate, NCCD
Many of us think of colonization as political policy that exists within US and world history, but in fact the effects of colonization are alive today in the institutional practices of many social service systems. These practices result in inequitable outcomes for people involved with systems and ins…
August 28, 2012 | Jennifer Cotter, Senior Program Associate, NCCD
“SDM assessments are only as good as the information you gather” is a phrase I have used in many training rooms to emphasize the importance of connecting with families and engaging them in the interviewing, assessment, and planning process. Most workers understand the “why” of SDM assessments—to inc…
July 31, 2012 | Lawanda Ravoira
Recent National Girls Institute (NGI) listening sessions conducted by staff from the NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women with justice-involved girls piqued our interest in the impact of social networking. The young women engaged in an intense discussion around what is being put on Facebook about t…
July 23, 2012 | Livier Gutierrez
Although a substantial number of girls are involved with gangs, gang prevention and intervention services are not designed with girls in mind. As Kevin Grant, a service provider working with girls in gangs, notes, “A lot of the [gang prevention and intervention] programs that are available do not fu…
July 16, 2012 | Angela Irvine, Director of Research - Oakland, NCCD
The child welfare, education, and juvenile justice systems have concurrently created disparate outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and gender non-conforming youth. For example, Himmelstein and Brückner (2010) uncover evidence that LGBT youth are more seriously punished for the same crimes committed…
June 26, 2012 | NCCD
The use of computer-based case management systems in social services creates a tremendous opportunity for practitioners who want to answer questions that identify gaps, monitor performance, and document improvement. This involves analyzing discrete bits of case management data to transform them into…