Youth Advocacy and Leadership in Child Welfare

A paramount role of a clinical social worker working with youth in foster care is hearing their voice.  Adolescents deserve their voice being heard regarding their case plan, to include such things as establishing their goals, placement decisions and plans for their future.  However, for adolescents in child welfare, the ability to have the robust capacity to identify and… Continue reading Youth Advocacy and Leadership in Child Welfare

ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are classified into three categories of events: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction.  The experiences are measured from an individual's childhood until the age of 18 into the ACEs questionnaire, which is 10 questions, to determine their exposure to harmful experiences to determine an overall score.  The higher the ACEs score (or number of adverse experiences), the more… Continue reading ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience

"My past defines me.  This is who I am.  I am unseen, unheard, unwanted.  That is what I am.  If I am even anything."  ReMoved ReMoved is a poignant short film that portrays the lived foster care experience. The film was written and produced by Nathanael and Christina Matanick to raise awareness of the pain and hopelessness felt by children in the… Continue reading ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience